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RATINGS: 152   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - OCT 28, 2002
Seems bock or dopplebock-ish. Very sweet nose with some mild cinnamon, bread dough and caramel malts. Nice toffee flavors up front and towards the middle building to a sweet, mollassas finish. Mild hops in the nose and bitterness in the finish do not stand up to the sweetness of the brew, but that is alright. Nice ruby to deep brown color with an average head. Pleasant, but not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 19, 2002
Smokey notes, very smooth. Good malt body present. Low bitterness, sweet aftertaste. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 11, 2002
Deep copper colored, oily brew with an interesting array of flavors. Strong cascade hop aroma which when tasted seems as though it were dry-hopped. Lots of caramel malt in the body but it goes down smooth. Not the same variety of spices you would expect to find in most winter ales.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
NDmullet (208) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - SEP 1, 2002
I found a dusty bottle of this for $0.50 in a bargin bin in Madison. Resembles an IPA in color, with a fair amount of sediment. Very sweet, malty aroma, in a syrupy way like certain dopplebocks. A decent whiff of EtOH, and little hop aroma to speak of. Suprisingly earthy, tea-like, with a dry, lightly astringent, finish. Not sure what the brewer was aiming for here, but this seems like a confused effort. Loses points for having such disparate characteristics in the aroma and flavor departments.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Panzuriel (1257) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - AUG 18, 2002
A nice Winter beer that I found in the spring in the bargain bin. Nicely spiced with flavors that I can’t quite place. Would be a wonderful brew for a fireside chat.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Brewmaster (168) - USA - AUG 14, 2002
70’s here in Aug reminded me of a cold winters day in phoenix. I certainly wasnt expecting this in a ’winter’ brew. I havent sampled many Herb/vegetable beers, but this was decent although probably past its prime. Pretty mellow

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 20, 2002
A dark red amber color. Pours quite thinnly witha fluffy head. Caramel malt sweetness this a hint of mace/nutmeg. A typical winter offering.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 11, 2002
The pour is a nice dark ruby red, the head thin and light beige, the lace is adequate, Nose is citrus, malts, sweet, nutmeg maybe. Start is slightly sweet, the top is light, the finish is dry, acidic, nice hop bite, with moderate carbonation. A decent beer, drinkable, and a pleasant enough distraction from the ’Strong Belgian Ales’, that I love.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
igneous1 (1489) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - MAR 30, 2002
VERY smoky flavor and aroma....but not in an overbearing manner. this beer appealed to me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BillKismet (3291) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 10, 2002
Smokiness and spiciness (nutmeg?) mingle haphazardly with a fruitiness. Has a Christmassy feel, but definitely suffers from imbalance. Unexceptional, but it intimates that it may be superior tasting from the tap. It seems like they have the right ingredients, but just haven’t quite gotten the perfect ratios yet.

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