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RATINGS: 58   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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Take a little gnome home this winter! However, don’t put him in the front yard. The neighbors might steal him & he’ll definitely lose his cool! He’s a malty, hoppy brown ale of pure winter deliciousness. Enjoy and Happy Holidays! ABV: 6.8% / IBUs: 65 / OG: 15.5° Plato


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (10906) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 14, 2010
Bottle from John’s Marketplace. Pours very ruddy copper with a multifinger foamy beige head. Warm aroma of roasted malt and xmasy spices. Medium body with foamy carbonation. Flavor is roasted malt, but not harshly roasted. The spices aren’t quite there. But there is something bitter balancing the malt - like subtle rosemary? Or maybe just fruity/floral hop. It’s a bit dirty/gritty in the finish. Still not harsh though. Really good ale, but not really great ale. Or maybe it is.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - APR 25, 2010
22oz bottle shared by DuffManSW. Rating #16. Murky dark brown pour with a light tan head. Odd aroma, light caramel and a little chocolate, but there’s something else I can’t put my finger on. Roasty dark chocolate flavor with a little bitterness in the end, not bad. (1199)

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAR 7, 2011
01-May-10 (22-oz bottle: Purchased 30-Dec-09 for $4.77 at liquidsolutions.net) This well-hopped brown ale pours hazy, amber-brown into the glass with over an inch of foamy, dark-tan head forming. Retention is about average as the head settles to a thin, almost filmy layer, leaving a moth-eaten curtain of lace on the glass. The malty nose is chocolaty, somewhat caramely, and earthy, with moderately aromatic grassy hop notes just slightly in the background. This balance continues on the palate, with malt-driven flavors of chocolate, burnt toast, earth and wood mingling with piney, citrusy and grassy hop notes. As the sips mount, however, the hop flavor and bitterness lingers on the palate, finishing strongly. The weight is full-bodied, but it’s still light on its feet, the dryness and hop bitterness keeping the mouthfeel lively. Carbonation is medium but pleasant and smooth. The gnome may be ill tempered, but the beer surely calms his unpleasant disposition. A very enjoyable winter ale from a brewery that is quietly putting out great beers.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ineptbeerman (3) - Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2011 does not count
Very nice dark amber color, no head, nice nose. Very nice strong ESB, bitterness lingers on the tounge. Very solid beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (9664) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 9, 2013
Bomber poured a clear reddish brown with a lasting tan head. Aromas of cocoa, carmel, nuttiness, earthiness and light coffee. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, cocoa, coffee, nuttiness and light earthiness with a smooth lingering carmel finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
troopie (2292) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - NOV 15, 2010
Draught. Poured red black with thin fast dissipating head. Aroma is hop citrus, toffee and smoke. Medium to light body. More toffee and sweet malt. Lasting finish, with enough hop to keep from being sicky sweet.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gooney (388) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 24, 2010
22 oz bottle from Zupans - Caramel, roasted nuts, maybe a little grain. A bit abrasive on the palate. Nice flavor. Merry Christmas to me!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6239) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 15, 2011
Bottle:   Dark dirty caramel, huge fluffy light beige head, very nice lacing.   Looks top notch.   Faint roasted malt nose, slight biscuit, a little bit of peat.   For an English Strong Ale this one isnt as mealy or disgustingly rich as others, which is a nice change of pace.   This one has a pretty good hop bite to it.   Balances well up front with the normal heavy biscuitiness of English Strong Ales.   This one actually doesn’t have that huge heavy malt driven backbone. &bnsp Instead, it has a bit of a hop forward punch.   Could use a little more malt at the backside to balance the hop bitterness when it warms.   While up front its decent, you soon see that as the hop lingers you want to have some more malt backing.   Easier than most to drink, but could use a little bit more balance towards the end.   Otherwise, fairly tasty.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 21, 2011
22oz bottle from Luke. Pours a slightly opaque mahogany with small off-white head that recedes to nothing quickly. Aroma is heavily roasted malts with plenty of coffee and a touch of smoke. Also a nice toasted nut character with some green hops though, admittedly, they’ve probably faded quite a bit. The taste follows the nose with the massive roasted coffee and green hop bitterness up front. There is some sweet malts and molasses in the background. The finish is bitter and toasty. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with soft carbonation. This is a heavily roasted beer, not sure how I’d categorize it, but it"s definitely tasty. Probably not as good as fresh though.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BelgianBeerGal (3137) - Panama City, Florida, USA - APR 26, 2011
Traded bottle. Pours a nice mahogany brown with reddish highlights. Small tan head but no real lacing. Pretty nice aroma of caramel malt and a slight nuttiness. Flavor was surprisingly gentle with some nice hops present. You know, this was pretty nice...especially for a style I typically don’t favor and find a little "alcoholy."


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