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RATINGS: 65   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   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
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 (4176) - 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 you’d expect for a winter warmer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (6895) - 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 (5909) - 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 (3470) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
troopie (2291) - 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 (389) - 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 (6299) - 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 (3245) - 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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