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RATINGS: 59   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   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


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheAlum (5833) - Aurora, 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 (3383) - 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..

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 (6300) - 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 (3201) - 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."

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (5625) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - NOV 5, 2011
Kind of a roasty nutty beer with aearthy almost herbal hop character. Pours auburn in color,thinn bubbly ring or foam with some decent lace. Flavor is roasty, toasty, nutty and bitter. Herbal peppery bitterness with a little dank. Definitely strikes me as a hoppy brown ale. Smooth with lingering bitter.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BillKismet (3340) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 21, 2011
Dark mud-brown body, with a smallish burn-tanned head. The bouquet strikes with luxurious brown malt and candi scents mixed with a chocolate mint flair. Quite the festive holiday bedazzle. Familiar, yet markedly different from the other holiday faire. Chocolate ESB flavors coil around the tongue, which is caressed by a bitter-sweet hop current and trickles of pine sap.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Strykzone (5003) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2010
Thanks to Hayduke for this one and we are drinking it together via Facebook chat. This beer pours a nice dark cloudy brown. Highlights are also brown. A nice thick 2 finger head collapses in on itself very slowly. Aroma takes some work to identify but is earth and a bit of chocolate. Flavor begins with hops offering pine and grapefruit. The feel is sticky which indicates lots of malt but it is quite muted. In a way this is a positive because it made me work to find the subtleties. There is a bit of chocolate, some dark fruit. The biggest thing here is the aftertaste which is also long lasting and hop dominated. A very nice beer with lots of subtlety.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
benjaminbier (45) - Oregon, USA - OCT 10, 2010
Bottle, cute gnome label on the front. Happy red cap to open. Feeling like the holidays already. Pours a rich deep brown with a foamy, caramel tinted color. Smelling like strong cocoa and smokey toffee. Taste is well balanced malts and hops, clean finish. Mouthfeel is a light and a bit thin, but balances well with the light finish. Glad to see this is back in stores for the season.


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