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RATINGS: 167   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
St. Benedict of Nursia lived in the late 5th to early 6th centuries. Legend has it while living in solitude, he was befriended by a raven that later saved his life. He is most remembered for writing the Rule of St. Benedict that, among other virtues, teaches humility. Inspired by this Rule we humbly offer St. Benedictís Winter Ale, a hand-crafted ale using generous amounts of dark roasted malts and the finest noble hops for a robust warming flavor.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
igneous1 (1520) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - NOV 17, 2010
crystal clear copper color, more "blotting" than actual lacing. nose is of caramel malts and a bit of clove and other baking spices. there is also a slight hint of banana. flavor is very thin, with a completely muted hoppiness and little malt character. aroma exhibited much greater promise than did the flavor. certainly not one iíd seek out again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
huffmanjr (5) - Dunbar, West Virginia, USA - OCT 16, 2010 does not count
"This beer disappoint me very much it had a sour smell and taste. It poured a dark reddish color with a thin head. Aftertaste was a bit on the bitter side like a IPA."

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
zer0crew (119) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 14, 2010
Bottle. Pours a translucent brown with some ruby around the edges. Aroma is weak, but mostly of carmel malts. Flavor is full of carmel malts, hops and some spices. Has some dark toasted malt notes on the finish that seem to linger. Not bad, but the brew just doesnít really "speak to me".

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bpreo (2111) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JUL 23, 2010
Itís hard to not like a beer, you know? I find myself rating everything so high. Itís like rating Beatles songs, itís hard to find anything bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
troyc (2870) - Illinois, USA - JUN 19, 2010
[Bottle] Pours a light shade of brown with a small light tan head. Dark malts, some alcohol and molasses aroma. The taste is of maple, plum, apple, sweet yeast notes and an odd mix of citrus and grassy hops. The mouthfeel is pretty thin, which magnifies the somewhat odd tastes in here. Seems like a rather muddled set of aging ingredients. Too unbalanced and thin to be enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocLock (8697) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2010
Draft at CAH. Pours deep copper w 2f off tan head. Nose is caramel malt, hops, brown sugary funk. Tastes malty, rich, with some spice, hops, slight rye, and a rich maltiness throughout.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
triguy84 (235) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 6, 2010
Pours a brown with red highlights, and a thin brown tinted head. I could detect phenols, not much else in the aroma. Sweet flavor, maybe nutmeg. Medium-light body. Just ok.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Baumgartner (122) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 7, 2010
Bottle poured to glass. Licorice notes, dark in color, smells almost like a barley wine, from darker malts. Thin off white head. Smooth and dry on the palate with a strong malty backbone. Brilliant clear, deep ruby color. Not sure if spiced, very well balance. Thin malty rim of head remains but soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jebert (500) - Watertown, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 30, 2010
Pours a beautiful cooper red with a huge tan head and lots of cascading bubbles. Aroma is sweet molasses with of hint of hops. Taste is sweet, malty with a nip of molasses and a suggestion of maple syrup. Nice mouthfeel. Finishes sweet not dry or hoppy. A very warm and inviting beer. Best enjoyed as a meal unto itself but can be paired with beer nuts or as an accompaniment to a bowl or Irish stew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 29, 2010
Dark ruby pour, thin skiff of beige head, spotty lacing. Aroma of prunes and smoke. Deep figgy malt profile, with some malt syrup sweetness and a dark toffee touch bordering on burnt sugar. Medium body on the palate in spite of the full bodied taste. Overall, this will do quite nicely.

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