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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, donít put him in the front yard. The neighbors might steal him & heíll definitely lose his cool! Heís a malty, hoppy brown ale of pure winter deliciousness. Enjoy and Happy Holidays! ABV: 6.8% / IBUs: 65 / OG: 15.5į Plato


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (10808) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 14, 2010
Bottle from Johnís 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 arenít quite there. But there is something bitter balancing the malt - like subtle rosemary? Or maybe just fruity/floral hop. Itís 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 thereís something else I canít 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 itís 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 (9548) - 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
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2009
On tap pours dark brown with a smooth beige head. Nicely hopped up brown ale. Thin bodied, nutty flavor, soft caramel, citrus floral hop finish. I didn’t really care for this on the first sip, but this really grew on me thoughout the pint.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
boFNjackson (4118) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 5, 2009
Bottle (thanks to Tweety for sharing this)... Poured a dark amber tone with a tan head. Very malt driven brew with a mild bitterness and warming sensation. Lightly hop with a caramel, nutty and earthy tone really shining through. Easy drinking and what youíd expect for a winter warmer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (6594) - Enghien, BELGIUM - FEB 14, 2010
courtesy of googzoid10 pours brown, thin off-white head aroma has a nice roasted caramel malt presence followed by subtle hops, mostly pine. flavors, roasted malts, hints of coffee, chocolate, followed by a nice hop pine/floral mouthfeel that balance everything out, making this one a tasty IPA. Finish has some notes of caramel/roast covered with hops goodness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheAlum (5575) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2010
UPDATED: APR 12, 2010 22 oz bottle split with a friend from Corvallis Brewing Supply. Pours a very dark brown, some edges that turn orange and a very dark amber with a medium frothy tannish head that laces pretty well. Aromas are chocolate, cocoa, a faint coffee, caramel and toffee, vanilla, nut, brown malts with a hint of roast. A light floral hopping. Initial is medium bodied, a decent maltiness and thorough sturdy hopping of florals. Cocoa, brown malts, nut, tobbacco. Caramel and toffee, a touch of soapy bitterness that really helps balance it with decent florals. Very nice beer, hop slanted even after months, lingering cocoa and caramel, brown malts linger with that mellow telltale sweetness, caramel, toffee, and toasty malt and biscuits. Nice toasty quality. Finish is mellow sweet, lingering solid hop bitterness. Tasty brew by Matt!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hayduke (3323) - Eureka, California, USA - APR 11, 2010
This was a long distance shared beer tasting with Strykzone via Facebook chat. This poured pours reddish brown with a tan head and good lacing. The nose is fairly mild and the aroma a lightly roasted caramel malt presence with some hints of chocolate, coffee, ripe fruit and pine. Fairly complex. The mouthfeel is just a bit bolder than medium and the mouthfeel is somewhat sticky. The flavor, like the nose, is not overwhelming, and shows lots of malts with some subtle hops of citrus an pine, The finish goes on and on, and is bitter but not overly so. Overall a very drinkable brew that tastes just as good at the end as it did at the beginning..


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