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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. 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
puboflyons (3019) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 3, 2011
It pours a medium to dark amber with reddish hues and small head but slow moving carbonation. The aroma is malty and sweet but there is also something kind of like black licorice in it. I expect that is the winter spice. The body is medium and smooth. The taste has a nice malty character with a mellow hop feel. There is also something like nutmeg in the mix. An English Strong Ale, this is not. But it is a likeable winter warmer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
dmac (5378) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 25, 2011
12 oz bottle from Cranbury BuyRite. Poured a clear thicker burnt orange/brown body underneath a tiny quick fading off beige head. Aroma is dates, nutts, dark fruits, white grapes, butterscotch, brown bread dough, glue. Body is medium to thicker with a syrupy glue like feel along with very soft to almost nonexistant carbonation, not a god combo. Flavor is like the aroma with lots of grape, glue, nutts and breads. Meh....not very good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ben4321 (5568) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 9, 2011
Location: 12 oz bottle from Buy Rite - Jersey City, 10/9/11

Aroma: The nose is fairly malty, with notes of caramel, toffee, dark fruits, and a little bit of yeast/grains
Appearance: This one pours a sightly hazy amber color with a beige head and light drips of lace
Flavor: The taste is plus sweet, similar to the components of the nose, with a mild English hop bitterness
Palate: The body is medium, it has a malty, sweet stickiness on the mouth, and an average-lively carbonation
Overall Impression: Overall, this is a solid Winter Ale. It is a little too sticky-sweet for my particular palate, but I can see the appeal for those who prefer that style. It works reasonably well for what it is trying to be, but I canít go much higher then this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmohno (1505) - Iowa, USA - JUL 23, 2011
English,english, english, i will give it that, im not a big fan of english dominate beers, but i like to rate fairly for style.Almost on the verge of bublegum the esters take hold of taste and aroma. I get some dark fruit in aroma and taste as well ,not as much as of the english.Prettty malty and on the sweet side with a very mild spice.Prettty neutral hops like noble hops can be, medium heavy full flavored sweet malt with a mild creamy finish.More of a dessert type beer better served not so cold.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Chel (32) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 21, 2011
brown, clear, minimal head, lightly bitter, abrupt finish, alcoholy flavor, not bold or complex in any way. Below average beer overall and for Point Brewery. I didnít find it special in any way.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrnkMcDermott (2992) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2011
12 oz. loose bottle. $1.50 @ Woodmanís. A cheery red/brown color, even in a narrow glass. Smells slightly of sweet cherry juice. Taste brings a bit more of that sweet cherry taste. Lightly toasted malts, but in profusion enough to cling to my lip. More ale fruitiness, perhaps a touch of Belgian yeast involved here. I do get a slight edge of autolyzed yeast from the thin layer of sludge at the bottom. Still itís a very jolly beer that sets aside issues of malt vs. hops and asks us to just enjoy it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - APR 5, 2011
Point St. Benedictís Winter Ale is a slightly hazy copper ale with a yellowish head that fades to a waxy film and leaves outstanding lacing on the glass. Fruit and spice are in the aroma, with notes of cinnamon, pear and allspice. There is the slightest hint of caramel. It has a very soft and delicate medium body. It feels fluffy in the mouth and the finish is very dry and a little gritty. Wow, this is like a Belgian dark ale. The flavor is complex with a lot of deep and dark tones-- cinnamon and wood. There is a fruity note which is a little like apricot or cherry. It doesnít really taste sweet, though. Roasted bitterness lingers after the swallow. Wow, this is a really good Winter ale, even in Spring. This is a very rewarding beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
JStax (4993) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAR 20, 2011
Pouread from a bottle into a tulip glass. Appearance is a dark mohogany with a one finger head beige head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is of dark fruits and molasses. Somewhat fruity as well. Taste is off. Slightly noticeable prune taste with a small alcohol burn in the finish. I kind of get a toasty quality on top of all this. This isnít very good, but not as bad as some of the reviews would lead a person to believe.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
coyforce (684) - California, USA - MAR 18, 2011
nothing great to write home about, but alright for an average winter ale. one of the best point brews I have tasted.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
crossovert (11015) - Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2011
It just doesnít make sense it tastes like water mixed with buttery burnt peanut bridle, it has absolutely no focus. Who would be intrigued by this? who would like this? It just doesnít make sense.

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