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RATINGS: 115   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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A hearty British style strong ale with a deep chestnut color. This warming elixer complements stews, soups, roasts and wild game. It's magically delicious.


2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
mds (2208) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 28, 2006
Bottle. Pours a hazy dark copper-brown body with a creamy yellow head. Sharp aroma consisting of sour bread, vegetables, and grass cuttings. Surprisingly quite hoppy and bitter. Bread sweetness is also apparent as well as a certain thick stickiness. Finishing with alcohol and soapy bitterness.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUN 16, 2006
(12 oz bottle: Obtained 28-May-05 in trade with shadey, thanks Shane!) Yeah okay, so I pushed this one a bit, giving it 18 months of aging, but Iím reasonably pleased with the results. This is a fruity (very!), malty, sweet and caramely beer that is one of the more buttery examples Iíve run across. Wow, no mistaking the British intentions here, but Iíd have to say the butter notes are overdone, especially as the beer warms up. Beyond this, the hops are fairly mild, with the bitterness taking a back seat. The beer smells overwhelmingly buttery with notes of caramel and light hops. Body and carbonation are medium. Dark amber in color with a minimum of haze. Half an inch of beige head gradually settles to a ring and leaves no lacing. Overall, I liked this beer quite a bit when I took my first few sips, but it didnít hold up with increased temperature and now the butteriness is just heavy-handed. Still enjoyable enough to finish the bottle though.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zach8270 (3470) - Henrietta, New York, USA - APR 19, 2006
(bottle - 12 oz) Nice copper pour with a thin tan head. Aroma is loaded with malts, caramel, and spices. Taste begins with a lot of malt then goes to a slightly hoppy middle with a finish thatís a mixture of malts, caramel, nuts, spices, and alcohol. Slightly bitter aftertaste and very warming.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - APR 14, 2006
(Bottle from <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/Place/massachusetts/w target=blank>Julioís Liquors) Poured a clear slightly reddish copper with a large biscuit head that receded to a sloppy foaminess. Sloppy foamy lacing. Aroma is bready before head recedes, then only some very mild hops and malt. Mouthfeel fairly smooth. Flavor is pretty mild, just mild malt overlain with mild bitterness. Finishes a little bitter. Drinkable but no big deal (i.e., pretty bland) except for nice kick of ABV.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
boto (1850) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - MAR 24, 2006
12oz. bottle: This one pours a somewhat hazy dark amber color. Mine had some off white head that subsided rather quickly. The first thing that hits the nose is a bit of spices. They are followed by a whiff of some caramel and fruits. The taste is quite good and well blended. Individual flavors arenít fighting to come out. Somewhat of a dry aftertaste. Very drinkable.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Grandpa (327) - Verona, New York, USA - MAR 21, 2006
This is what I expect from a winter seasonal. It is dark, stong flavored, with the hops to balance the strong flavor. Nice, lip smacking aftertaste. It warms the blood.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 19, 2006
Murky brown with a light tan head. Aroma of apples, caramel, and yeast esters. Flavor is initially sweet, with caramel, and light fruitiness, paired with a slight butterscotch presence. Finish dries out nicely with a faint woodsiness and grassy hops.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GonZoBeeR (2925) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 15, 2006
Aroma:mixe of candy sugar and butter scotch.... Appearance:Light hazy cooper,good head... Flavor:Light chemical flavor,caramel,candy....

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sregnar35 (972) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - FEB 17, 2006
Cask at Mahars. Nice little bit of a bitter hoppiness, some what orange-rind in a good way. Aroma is not overbearing from the cask, but thatís typical of a cask beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TAR (2494) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - FEB 3, 2006
Coppery orange. Retentive off-white head clings to the glass. Bubblegum, lightly roasted nuts, and bushy hop aromatics. Quite estery. Hint of butterscotch. Airy, medium-sized bubbles dance all over the palate. Slightly fuzzy and acidic, as well. Opens briskly but fluffy with a mixture of nutty malts and earthy hops. Quite fruity and leathery, but with a hard mineral edge that overlays the slickness. Light kiss of unsweetened chocolate and toasted hay, but the malts are mostly firm, rather than lush, in texture. Hop character showcases a glimpse of juicy brightness, but the brashly bushy earthiness prevails. Glazed pecan richness develops as it warms and acts as an anchor. Zippy esters tickle the tongue and reinforce the crunchy dryness before closing harmoniously with spicy hops, aniseed, and fruitcake. The main flaw with this is the hard carbonic bite and absence of balancing softness. Toss this in a cask, though, and I bet this would really come to life. Thanks, Clark!


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