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RATINGS: 171   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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nephilium (1701) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 9, 2013
Mild roasted malt aroma, pours a clear dark amber with a off-white head. Mild malt flavor, with a touch of roast and toffee, very quick finish with just a touch of roast. Thin bodied, very little going on, not bad, just not very good either.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
thedm (5794) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 13, 2016
This bottled brew from a grocery store poured a medium sized head of foamy finely sized bubbles that were mostly lasting and left behind a typically carbonated transparent copper brown colored body and a thick foamy lacing. The odd aroma was spicy malty and musty. The mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish. The ok flavor contained notes of spices hops and malt. An OK brew just nothing special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chinchill (4327) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 29, 2016
The label and name (“St. Benedict’s”) both suggest a fine abbey brew, but calling this a ‘winter ale’ suggests it could be almost any style. A – The body is a clear. deep, orange-amber; light carbonation is visible. The thin, off-white head quickly reduces to a nice ring with a few thin patches, but remains capable of coating the glass anew with each sip. S – Needs to warm a good bit to really bring out the aromas. The spicy aroma is more like that expected from a Belgian winter brew (e.g., Delirium Noel) than from an American winter ale, although there is a definite presence of such typical “winter spices” as nutmeg. Fruity with a hint of cognac. T – Largely follows the aroma, but much closer to a Belgian dubbel or winter ale than expected, with the touches of cloves, dried plums, raisins and bananas. If presented as such, I’d have no trouble believing this was an actual Belgian abbey beer. The finish is clean, rich, and nicely balanced, leaving a fine and long-lasting aftertaste that features both dark malts and spices. The spices form a well-chosen and balanced mix, and blend very nicely with the malts and minimal hops; although the aftertaste is eventually dominated by clove, nutmeg and other spices. Feel: Near medium body with soft carbonation. Overall: One of the best American ‘’Belgians" I’ve had. (I know, BA follows the label and calls this a “winter ale”). Whatever you want to call it, this is a superb, tasty, well-balanced, and easy-to-drink beer. {From 2012 notes)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aggiebob (795) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - JAN 9, 2016
Bottle: It poured a dark brown with a tan head and some lacing. The aroma is vanilla and coffee. The flavor is malty coffee with some sense of spices. Very good and warming.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ozzy70 (855) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 18, 2015
12 oz. bottle. Pours dark brown almost black, with creamy tan head. Aroma was roasty malts and coffee. Taste was mildly sweet with coffee and spices.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
trapped (2308) - New York, TURKEY - MAR 21, 2015
Draught @ Draught 55. Another inky black beer with creamy chocolate colored head, they seem to be proliferating. This one has a doughy aroma, low carbonation, sweetish taste with roasted malt at the background. It actually disappointed me a bit, I expected a stronger taste with possibly mocha flavors, but no. Well there is still some lingering chocolatey taste after a longish finish. Good but not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
GIJOE (1084) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - JAN 16, 2015
Pours black with a foamy, tan head. Nose is roasted malts with coffee and vanilla notes. Taste is balanced. Lightly bitter. Medium body, lively carbonation. Decent brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
dhatton (241) - Mendham, New Jersey, USA - DEC 26, 2014
On draft, pours clear amber body with thin off-white head. Smells of dark fruit, caramel, and earthy yeast. Heavily roasted malt yields huge coffee flavors. Coffee dominates any complexity of taste. Average winter warmer, but too one-noted.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SG111 (1295) - New York, USA - DEC 20, 2014
Bottled (twist off, amazingly). Pours black with a tan head. Aroma is malty, roasted, some cinnamon and Xmas spices but not overpowering. Flavor is roasted, sweet, some gingerbread spices, cinnamon, really a nice pleasant Xmas beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BrewBoxer (2595) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 16, 2014
Draft NYC. Pours a dark heavy thick color. Interesting sweet type of malty flavor. Unique flavor with a subtle booze flavor. Ok

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Onslow (1408) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - NOV 28, 2014
12 Oz bottle. Clear amber brown ale. Aroma of sweet malt, brown sugar. Taste is sweet malt, brown sugar , very sweet. A nice cold weather brew bit too sweet for me.

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