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RATINGS: 165   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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A malty amber ale, brewed with 2-row barley malt, caramel malt, and malted wheat, and four different varieties of hops, for a smooth, balanced flavor. The perfect apres ski refreshment, or for any time you want to relax and warm up during the colder months to come.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUN 17, 2006
12oz bottle bottled 10/05/05 - Poured a dirty amber color with a short offwhite head. Nose is quite hoppy with grapefruit and some orange peel, but underneath it is some very sweet caramel and roasted malts. Palate is medium bodied and carbonated just enough to give it a pretty nice mouthfeel. Not bad.. Definitely better than I expected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - JUN 7, 2006
12 oz bottle, lot #1817, bottled on 11/17/05. Pours an orangeish copper color, small off white head. Nice spiderweb lace. Nose is orange and grapefruit, some sweet malt. Pleasing mouthfeel, full but not heavy. Slightly sweet malt and caramel flavors, a touch of spiciness. Finish is mildly bitter, slightly spiced. Really well balanced, pretty good amber.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CJfromPhilly (138) - Aston, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 9, 2006
12 oz. bottle: Pours a dark coppery color with almost no head, and even that quickly faded away to just a few bubbles on the surface ( I poured this straight out of the refrigerator, perhaps a little TOO cold). Aroma is malty sweet. Taste (after letting the beer warm up for 20-25 minutes) has some maly and wheaty notes, a little caramel, with some hops sharpness on the swallow that lingers. Nice smooth mouthfeel, neither heavy or watery. All in all, a decent beer for when you’re in the mood for something satisfying, but not feeling experimental. Would make a pretty good everyday after work brew if it was available year ’round. good stuff!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - MAR 26, 2006
From a 12 oz. twist cap long neck brown bottle with a list of ingredients on the neck label and a bottling date on the back label, 10/19/05 Lot#1803. Made a good appearance, poured a slightly hazy copper hued amber with a large foamy white head that settled into a thin bubbly lacing, good carbonation. Had a floral hop and toasted grainy nose. A smooth, crisp medium bodied mouth feel, good drinkability. Toasted grainy and malty taste with a subtle piney hop bitterness, a little fruitiness and a dry toasted grainy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - FEB 22, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2006 12 oz bottle. Poured a clear amber color with fluffy off white head. Distinct milk-chocolatey malt nose accompanied by molasses and anise. The aroma really improved as the beer warmed up. Medum bodied and slighty bitter with sweet caramel malt flavor. Carbonation was on the low end, which was a pleasant suprise. Re-rate: The draught version is strikingly different. Flowerty hop nose and flavor with more of a caramel malt flavor than chocolate that is well balanced with the hops. My bottle rating was 7, 4, 7, 3, 13. Not suprisingly, draught was better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
iowaherkeye (2686) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - FEB 19, 2006
12oz, bottle, bottled 10/19/05. Pours a copper amber with a small off-white head. Aroma of some caramel malts, some biscuits, and a little bit of citrus hops. Hops start up front, but give way to malty sweetness, and a fairly clean finish. About halfway through, while eating some peanuts, I can pick up on metallic flavor, which sucks. Pretty well balanced otherwise. Not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbomb (175) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 17, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2006 Very hoppy aroma with strong malt also-surprisingly creamy, thick bodied malt flavor with a nice lingering hop bitterness-very solid, well rounded ale-found it for 5.99/6pk -definitely a good deal

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
LordNeuf (136) - Acton, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 6, 2006
A creamy head which lasts on a dark amber ale. Smooth and well balanced without being over hopped. Senseable in flavor and finish. Absolutly delicious.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TaktikMTL (5546) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 23, 2006
Bouteille de 12 oz achetée au Cabot Annex Store (Waterbury Center, VT). Arôme: Légère odeur d’épices. Apparence: Couleur ambrée avec une faible densité de bulle. Présence d’un mince col mousseux beige et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de caramel et de poivre. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture mince. L’effervescence en bouche est moyenne. Amertume légèrement piquante en arrière goût. (Rating #423)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
frankenkitty (1959) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2006
Dark copper with a lasting, cream colored head. APA/IPA-worthy aromas of citrus and pine with a malty background. Flavor has balance with hearty middle-malts and a bittersweet finish with lemon.

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