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Indulge in our heady scotch ale. This "Winter Warmer" is a celebration of roasted toffee notes wrapped in rich tawny tones and toasty palate. Two months in the making insures an incredible silky finish. Scottish folklore tells that the first person to step over your threshold brings with them luck for the New Year. Simple gifts of coal for warmth, salt for prosperity and ale for joy symbolize the bearer’s wishes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (5357) - Indiana, USA - MAY 31, 2013
Bottle to snifter (thanks jmbroggren). Looks good for the style; a slightly hazy brownish-orange with off-white head that dissipates into lacing. Smells of caramel malt, dough, and light hops with a bit of toastiness. Tastes like it smells, only better, with some toffee too. Solid on the palate. A solid example of the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wchesser (1156) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 30, 2013
Deep caramel color. Caramel malts and some smoke on the nose. Malty, but balanced and full bodied. I prefer my winter warmers drier, but the sweetness works here. Smoke is very subtle but a nice touch.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kaser (2647) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 26, 2013
Dark orange pour. No head. Malty earthy Carmel taste. Very weird. To sweet or something

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
budznsudz (555) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - MAY 16, 2013
Pours golden orange with a thick frothy white head. Aroma is malt and light spice with a hint of caramel. Taste is malt, caramel, and nuts. It has the essence of a macrobrew. Unimpressive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
whatsupstairs (112) - Inland Empire, California, USA - MAY 3, 2013
pours a golden light honey brown thin white head nose is clove and bubblegum maybe bananas dry to the taste good beer thanks madbeerbaron

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (9058) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 28, 2013
Amber pour, off white head. Honey, toasted malt, bread, grains of paradise, fruity notes. Pretty solid!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonkeyBra (3358) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2013
12 oz. bottle. Orangish amber pour with a big thick off white head. Aroma of toffee, caramel, toasted malt and some candied orange. Some cotton candy. Flavor is sweet, with a citrus balance. Full bodied, slick mouthfeel. This is interesting. Finishes with some booze. Yes, this is a warmer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
islay (1107) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 26, 2013
12 oz. bottle. Sour, yeasty, mineral-y aroma features lemon, toffee, salt, crabapple, and cigar tobacco scents. Pours a bright, effervescent copper. Mostly clear liquid but with some haze and cloudiness. Large amount of long-lasting, beige head. Produces good lacing. Sweet, floral, fruity taste features a cigar tobacco flavor and a dry finish. Long, dry aftertaste. Full body / thick. Reasonably lively in the palate. I’m normally not a big Scotch ale guy, but I did enjoy this one. 7/4/7/4/15=>3.7

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 21, 2013
Thanks, Adam! Cloudy light amber pour, at least lighter than one often gets with the style. Fluffy head, abundant lacing, and a nose that’s appealingly peaty and smokey. Mouthfeel is a touch thin, if I’m being picky. But the taste is very satisfying, hitting the marks with rich toffee and nuts, all backed up by a lovely, sublte smokiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cbuk1013 (243) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - APR 18, 2013
2013 bottle Pours amber with nice head Caramel aroma with some vanilla as it warms. Malty finish. No legs though. Moderate heavy mouthfeel with good carbonation. Probably needs another 6 months

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