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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


3.5
   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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CampesinoTino (770) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 20, 2011
Bomber. Pours a dark mahogany color with sudsy off-white head. The aroma is a blend of dark chocolate, roast malt, toffee and molasses. The flavor starts out with smoky, roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate along with some caramel, dried fig, prune and herbal hops bitterness. Overall, a unique and highly drinkable blend of 3 different styles (English Strong Ale, Brown Ale, Winter Warmer).

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BK7 (739) - Turner, Oregon, USA - DEC 4, 2012
Bomber. Roasted malts, chocolate, grapefruit, nuts and spice. Starts off bitter and finishes with an even stronger bitterness that stays with you. A bit unbalanced but overall pretty tasty.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
luttonm (2272) - Belgrade, SERBIA - JAN 8, 2014
22oz in Seattle. Dark mahogany brown. smoky dark malt, very english dark ale. Smooth beer with a bit of sticky alcohol. Chocolaty malts, sticky finish. Tasty

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffMan (6886) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 24, 2010
Bottle, shared with TylerDurden (who no longer frequents this site, the bastard). Pours a dark brown with some sedimentary particles at the end of the pour. Chunky tan head. Sweet brown sugar and raisins, sponge toffee. Astringently bitter finish, like biting into grape seeds. Medium bodied, very tasty.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (6858) - Alamo, California, USA - NOV 7, 2011
Bottle. Amber-brown beer with a cream colored head. Malt and light toasty aroma. Malt and grapefruit flavor with light pine and light spice. Medium bodied. Grapefruit and pine lingers with light spice, malt, and light darker malts.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
22415brewery (377) - redmond, Washington, USA - DEC 3, 2011
If there was an ESSB style then this would be it. Stronger than a normal ESB and on the lower end of the strong ales, this is a great example of a gap-bridger. Nutty notes in the malt and adequate malt sweetness are balanced quite well by the smooth bittering. A few floral notes in the nose and a touch of fruitiness. A bit of diacetyl in the finish makes for an enjoyable sip. The medium body can fool you into thinking that this is a lighter alcohol ale. Soft carbonation gives impression of a fuller body. Not as hoppy as they describe, but enjoyable just the same.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pdx77 (1390) - Oregon, USA - DEC 22, 2012
On draught at Oswego Grill. Dark maltiness paired with a not too bitter hop presence.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernest (6259) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 20, 2013
Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is medium brown. Aroma is moderately malty (cookie, caramel, toasted nuts), lightly hoppy (apricot, grapefruit), with a light note of diacetyl. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Pleasant if somewhat simple malty nose. Decent enough balance, maybe a little sharply bitter at the very end. Forgettable but reasonably solid.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Arayaga2 (1796) - portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 1, 2013
Cola appearance with barky cola notes in aroma and taste with burnt toffee into the finish. $4/22oz


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