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RATINGS: 170   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.99/5   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. Benedict’s 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 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
zombywoof (461) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 20, 2009
This beer has an artificial sweet flavor and an odd brackish aftertaste of twigs, must and maple. This beer displeases me. I am offended. Take it away. Now get me a shrubbery.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 12, 2009
12 oz bottle. Pours an amber brown color with a creamy off white head. Aroma is super candyish. Lots of toffee caramel, some vegetal and quite a bit of candy sugar. No hops, just sweet malt bread candy. Flavor starts with a sugary maltiness that just sort of sits and hangs and stays candyish. Gains some bread maltiness that isnt too sweet but no hops and no bitterness comes through. Medium body body and a light fizzy carbonartion. Meh, super sweet, boring and unbalanced.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
WVHouseofBeer (1023) - Florida, USA - NOV 22, 2009
Ehh, I just picked this up for something to sip on over a Fall weekend and the finished glass(es) with a satisfied yet unquenchable thirst for a yet another good brew. A plum colored body and quickly disappearing head showcases a grape and malt heavy background. Overall the flavor is pretty good, though the body is a bit weak and non-filling like a good ESA should be. This one is a bit down my list for Holiday inspired biers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nuplastikk (5709) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 22, 2009
12oz bottle. Filtered amber-brown color. No real head...minimal trace at best. Mild chocolate and amber malt aroma, sort of like a mild Doppelbock. The taste is the same, with a smooth milk chocolate layer of smoothness among the solid background of sweet maltiness. Some amber malt and mild hop spiciness, but overall very smooth and rich. A pretty nice beer from Point, not world-class, but a worthwhile beer to mix it up with.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
uglyblond1 (177) - Nebraska, USA - NOV 20, 2009
This was a bit of a pleasant surprise, as I have tried several beers from this brewer that failed to meet expectations. Not a robust aroma, but a nice fresh aroma. This beer seemed a little understated for this style, but made up for that with a very smooth refreshing palate and a rather clean light finish. It isn’t without complexity but you notice the smooth mellow character rather than the often bitter and bold notes of this style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
arkurzynski (2196) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 29, 2009
Pours brown/amber with tan head. Sweet smelling with clove. Flavor is of roasted and caramel malts, fruit, brown sugar, spice, and molasses. Tastes a little like a dark version of a Belgian?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kimcgolf (872) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - AUG 21, 2009
Pours to a dark brownish-black with thin tan head that lingers a short time and leaves little lacing. Nose is muted but a pleasant mixture of licorice, dark fruit and molasses. Mouthfeel is a tad on the thin side, but also malty sweet, and the taste accentuates the flovors found in the nose. Never caught any alcohol, though not terribly surprising at 6.2%. Okay finish. Not bad, but not great

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thirdeye11 (6019) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 12, 2009
(12oz bottle thanks to cavie) Pours a dark amber with decent head and good lacing. Not much in the nose but there are some sweet malts and alcohol. The taste surprisingly shows the alcohol as well with brown-ale like malt profile.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - JUL 1, 2009
bottle thanks to cavie. poured a brownish/amber with an off white head. aroma of caramel and dark roast. flavor was the same with the addition of some fruity notes. light body and high carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (12616) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 29, 2009
(12oz bottle, courtesy of Cavie) Pours a clear amber body with a small off-white head. Aroma of toasted grain, roastiness, caramel, toffee, and spices. Flavor of raisins, toasted bread, caramel, grass, and herbs.

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