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RATINGS: 117   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12/5   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.


2.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - SEP 19, 2004
Cranberry brown color, slightly obscured/hazy. Head is gone in no time, just a small off-white crown at the top of glass. Smells of caramel corn/peanut brittle. Taste is sweet malt: toffee, caramel, strong malt that transitions into a roasted, strong, drying hop finish. Strong beer, but all it is is a 1-2 punch. No middle ground or variance of tastes. No winter spices either which is disappointing. Not a very good beer. Purchased Premier Gourmet in Buffalo, NY after my trip to Toronto in April.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dorwart (2509) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAY 25, 2004
Decent head that is nice and creamy on top. Buttery biscuit aroma with a good helping of malts. Color is a slightly hazy orange/amber. Flavor is mellow but quite good. Good helping of malts and a bit of hops which lend a citrus flavor. Finish has a slight alcohol warming and goes down pretty easy. A decent beer.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (13021) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 2, 2004
Lightly hazed copper body topped by medium beige head. Aroma is anise, gingerbread, peat. Taste is plum, peat, finishing peat and light grapefruit. Medium, watery, sticky body. Very mellow beer -- it seems like it should jump out at you, but it never really wakes up.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Shadrach (176) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - APR 20, 2004
Had a very strong alcohol spice aroma. Poured semi clear red/orange amber with a creamy head. Taste was almost like a light scotch or a light whiskey with some citrus/ grapefruit at the end.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernest (7244) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 10, 2004
Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is dark amber, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately malty (cookie), moderately hoppy (pine, resin), with a notes of peach, honey, and diacetyl. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, heavily bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Doesn't do a lot for me...rather unbalanced, citric, and uncomfortable amounts of pine sap in the aroma department. Fourth try of a Middle Ages brew, and still not a fan.

1.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
cherr (162) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 3, 2004
I had this beer on tap. The smell is exactly like the taste -- like a really strong mgd. The taste is poor and the aftertaste is worse. I can't really describe it, but I couldn't finish the glass.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - JAN 15, 2004
moderate malty/hop balance. Taste was kinda sweet in a fruity aspect and finsh slightly hoppy. I got the feeling there was some winter spices, but distingishable.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - JAN 8, 2004
Brownish red color, slight haze. Malty aroma with some nuts, maybe some fruit. Starts out sweet, a little fruit, followed by some earthy hops. Decent, nothing special.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 7, 2004
slightly hazy brownish red. maltry, toffee-ish aroma with some vanilla and roast. fruit up front is sweet and jammy, but kind of muddles after that. earthy bitter finish. not bad.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - DEC 26, 2003
Copper clear pour with minimal head that leaves fast. All I can smell is celery, with a faint hint of floral hops. Acidic start with decently strong hoppy finish. Probably a better summer beer.


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