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RATINGS: 161   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chalicemaster (110) - Ohio, USA - JUN 11, 2013
As a winter ale, itís disappointing. Itís not that interesting, or special, but something about Wintertime Ale was very drinkable. To start with, the mouth-feel is very rich and textured but delicately so. An interesting tea taste shines through and works better than I would have imagined. Slight hops aftertaste, with a little floral in there too - enough going on but not too muddled. If they relabeled this as as a farmhouse ale, I think itíd do pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jsquire (3578) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - FEB 12, 2013
Clear amber color out of the bottle with a fluffy ivory colored head. Nice sweet malt nose with some spice. Sweet beer with lots of caramel, toasted white bread, some green tea and a little spice sense to it. Flavorful winter seasonal.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
cheap (4292) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 11, 2013
Malty from the start. Malt in the smell. From a bottle. Yes malty is the word, very little if any hops. Not much co2. Very little alky impact, just malted milk. Smooth, a little cloying. Not medicianl, just a little cloying again on the finish. Canít taste much spice, just a malty laid back beer. Same on the finish; laid back malty flat with little alky impact. Normally I like low alky beers but I think this is too much malt..

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Tmoney99 (11228) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2013
Bottle. Poured clear ruby color with medium frothy off-white head that was that lasted with good to excellent lacing. Moderate sweet malt and herbal aroma. Medium to full body with smooth texture with flat carbonation. Medium sweet malt and spice flavor with a medium sweet finish. Soft brew.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
queenholly (3035) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - DEC 31, 2012
Bottle. Light soapy aroma.... not a whole lot to smell. Clear amber with a large ivory head, decent lacing. Watery barley malt, and light grassy hops. Light watery body.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
shrubber85 (8104) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 31, 2012
Bottle. Light caramel malt aroma. Amber with moderate head. Lightly sweet caramel malt and light herbal hops flavor. Boring.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
sfontain (822) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2012
12 oz bottle, Whole Foods Columbus. Light bronze, unimpressive fizzy white head diminishes into nothing. Aroma sweet, malty, caramel, bread. Flavor is more sour and adds a light-to-medium hop bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is relatively thin. Weak throughout. Not an impressive offering whatsoever from North Coast.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Patrickctenchi (4260) - Coxís Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - NOV 30, 2012
Nearly clear, woody-amber with a tall, thick, yellow-tan head. Scent is spiced bread...caramel. Taste is malty, slightly bitter. The spicing is a little off...like itís added after the fact...and doesnít quite fit in. Watery...it could be much better with more body and strength.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Chudwick (2251) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - NOV 16, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2014 rerate on 3/1/14 - 12oz bottle - much better than I remember it. Just malty all around with some spice in the finish. 12oz bottle - pours amber with tan head and modest lacing. Nose is not overwhelmingly spicy for the style. Flavor adds caramel, bread, herbal hops and a light roast. Sweet. Medium body and soft carbonation. A little sticky. Decent for the style, but I expected more from NCBC. 6/3/6/3/10 or 2.8 on 11/16/12

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dalepryor (305) - Paducah, Kentucky, USA - NOV 14, 2012
I guess this one is out of retirement. Poured a light brown with one finger head, high carbonation. Aromas of bread, caramel, toffee all very weak though. The taste has some caramel and cherry notes with a weak bitter finish, very thin mouthfeel. Overall its an average ale.

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