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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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
demmbonz (525) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 20, 2013
12oz to pint. Looks like an amber. Cream color head that dissipates. Very biting carbonation. Good beer but Scotch Ale? I guess if you say so.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (6410) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 26, 2014
12 oz. bottle from Homer321- thanks again, Sean! Pours a cloudy orange-amber with a small off-white head that leaves a ring and some film that leans to one side. Aroma of fruitcake, allspice, nutmeg, caramel, and cardboard. Flavor of fruitcake, allspice, caramel, nutmeg, gingerbread, graham cracker, cardboard, and a metallic note at the end. Kind of boozy on the finish, too. Medium-bodied, with medium carbonation and a boozy, spritzy mouthfeel. Past its prime. Wish I’d gotten a hold of one sooner.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
napdynmite (58) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2014
Rich and boozy with notes of toffee, coriander, anise, brown sugar. Tastes like a holiday brandy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
tvail4 (17) - - AUG 22, 2014
caramel, alcohol, black, clear, rocky head, white foam, lightly bitter, medium body, slick feel, soft carbonation,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
17thfloor (2430) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2014
This is fantastic. Body and appearance are basically perfect for style... the German-esque attention to detail makes this English-style beer really shine. Rich malt presence that is perfectly attenuated leaving a nice toasted sugar finish, light hopping that compliments the strong alcohol. Nice and nutty aroma. Color me impressed. I’m guessing lager temperatures are what is paying off here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gregwilsonstl (1074) - Missouri, USA - JUN 4, 2014
Oh my. Delicious. Strong toffee. Buttered toast. Dark orange. Smooth. Thanks Erin, great Bday gift. Peppery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Headbanger (3300) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 13, 2014
23oz bottle 5/13/14 (Woodman’s-Waukesha)-46° in Shaker-Pours a hazy amber with a small off white head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, and spices. Taste of malt, spices, caramel, toffee, and alcohol. This full bodied brew is a nice sipping beer on a cold night.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sitzds (291) - - APR 15, 2014
12oz bottle poured into rocks glass. Clear reddish copper with a tall white head that quickly fades. No lacing, but that may be the glassware. Spiced pear, malt, toffee, and clove. Taste is initially bitter earthiness followed by toasted malt, bread, and caramel sweetness, ending with alcohol spice and pear esters. Medium-light body, creamy texture, active carbonation, and a semi dry toasted finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jmcgavin12 (486) - Madison, USA - APR 4, 2014
Pours a light amber with lots of frothy head. Aroma is full with hints of toast, light fruits, and bits of malt goodness. Taste is sweet with a medium body and a slightly oily spicy finish. Overall a decent beer but I’ll always have a soft spot for Harpoon’s

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arnold931 (528) - Iowa, USA - APR 3, 2014
Bottle. Clear and amber with a small, creamy, white head that dissipates quickly. Mild nose of toffee. Nice sweet flavor. Nice finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DandyWolfFloyd (641) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2014
c/o mnmike. Thanks again mike! Aroma - Brettanomyces yeast, alcohol, some spices and a honey like quality Appearance - orange body; liquid is clean, with lots of continuos nucleation; the head is huge about 2 1/2 " and of white the head takes some time to settle Taste - is sweet, but not overly sweet. There is an alcohol quality also present that is a combination of a Brettanomyces like yeast, honey, toffee, and molasses. Palate - body is medium; the texture is slick; the carbonation lively; the finish is a little boozy and just a touch bitter. Palate -

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