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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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EithCubes (4634) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 9, 2007
Bottle. Powdery brown sugar aroma with nutmeg and toffee. Sweet. Nutty with light fruit. Body is red with a tiny beige head. Nutty, woody, slightly smoky (!) taste with lagerish fruitiness pushed back a level. Nutmeg is a little too strong in the mix. Touch of citrus/floral. Body is medium, aftertaste reminds of a brown ale. This needed more; more body, more fullness, more oomph - flavor was nice, but as it is, forgettable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mlist55 (210) - media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2007
Nice pour and presentation. In the nose, there’s some dough, citrus and spice (coriander or nutmeg). Some very mild pine with some citric flavors in an acidic foaming medium to light medium body, fairly bitter

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - APR 15, 2007
Slightly lactic and phenolic nose. Malty and vegetative palate. Cannot get all the way thru this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
haddon90 (1385) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 26, 2006
Amazingly, found this on draft at Pete’s Brass Rail and Car Wash in Danville, CA. Deep dark color with a thin head. Spices and hops spring from the aroma. Heavy taste. Nice mix of malt and hops. However, not the best winter ale I have had.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SudsMcDuff (5660) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JUL 8, 2006
had at Hops House Brewpub after the SHiner Brewery... happy to see this is a brown ale and not a spiced, cuz this ain’t no winter warmer folks. Dark ruby tan ..low head..not bad lacing either...somewhat muddled taste,but non offending.....good but not great...low smell..a made for the masses winter beer if anything.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
julrey (32) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2005
Pours cloudy reddish brown with minimal head but decent amount of carbonation. Buttermilk, brown sugar, malt on the nose. Slightly viscous mouth feel, little carbonation, fairly watery. Malt up front, very little on back end aside from more malt, a very little hop presence once several drinks have left a little residue on the tongue. Nothing offensive but hardly worth seeking out. NC seems to do best when they’re dealing with high ABV brews.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
oldrtybastrd (3225) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 16, 2005
Pours a nice dark brown with red hues. Aromas of spices/corriander/fruit. Flavors of pepper, malts, corriander and a touch of smoke.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - SEP 13, 2005
Smells like ice tea, pours darker...winter ales and seasonals in Sept is such a tease. Midly spicey in the taste...mediocraty (spelling??)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - MAR 1, 2005
Basically a beefy amber ale. Dark chestnut and slightly hazy. Aroma of tea and bananna bread/walnuts. Flavor is flacidly malty and kind of plain. Overall, enjoy your retirement.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6029) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - FEB 21, 2005
Bottle pours a cloudy darker hued caramel, large foamy off-white head, bits of sediment floating about, lacks carbonation (expected for a sample this old), with suprisingly nice lacing.   Butterscotch nose, fairly sweet, slight spices and vegetable, but also some charred wood (or campfire) on the nose.   Muted spices and vegetables on the tongue.   Initially there was a strong charred wood/campfire presense but it has diminished as it warms.   Body and mouthfeel have probably diminished over the years, being only medium at this point.   Finishes fairly light, still fairly sweet, lingering herbal notes with only a touch of charred wood.   Not bad for something this old.   Thanks goes out to mattbob for providing me with a few samples.

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