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RATINGS: 47   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
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Our winter ale is made from a blend of pale and crystal malts, roasted barley and Belgian aromatic malts. Cooler fermentation and a longer aging time adds further complexity to this Old Ale style.


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DarkElf (3035) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUN 18, 2006
(22 oz bottle: Obtained 22-Dec-05 in trade with Larry Pitonka, thanks Andrť!) The nose is only lightly aromatic and the obvious floral character isnít thrilling me in the least, but the faint, sweet caramel is reasonably pleasant, though not pleasant enough to get me excited about drinking the beer. Seemingly a winter warmer with Pacific Northwest influence, I must admit that Iím not crazy with the choice of hops. Itís coming across as really floral in flavor too, and the bitterness is a bit strong, bullying itís way to prominence in the long, drawn-out finish. Not that this beer is exceedingly hoppy compared to what Iím used to on the west coast, but itís out of balance according to my tastes. Itís just too damn floral! The sweet, caramely maltiness sets a nice base but is overshadowed by the perfumy fields of flowers, though the sweetness becomes unwelcome once Iím on the second pour. Alcohol isnít well masked for only a 7.4% brew. Body is medium, with ample carbonation stimulating the palate and alcohol hinting its presence. Color is deep amber with significant haze. The first pour yielded a very small, off-white head, but the second pour from the bomber has the head reaching nearly half an inch. Retention is fair, with the head settling to an inconsistent, thin, filmy layer. Lacing consists of several small, but densely packed patches. Yeah, this beer is okay, but the imbalanced and floral nature of this brew is just killing my overall enjoyment. I definitely wonít seek this out again.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BillKismet (3360) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 26, 2006
Majestic mahogoany body w. a full head and spicy aroma. The flavor was a dull blend of malts w. a mild, but pleasant hop touch. Surprised to see the high alcohol content, was masked well. Overall, standard winter fare.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (19971) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - FEB 24, 2006
Bottled. Cloudy reddish amber. Appley nose with some of citric hops. Plenty of warming caramel malt, still the mouthfeel is somewhat hard. Lingering bitter finish. Solid but unspectacular.

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 18, 2006
Bottle @ OMH-tasting
Aroma like a wet dog. Slightly sour like an old ale. Hints of DMS. Slightly malty aftertaste.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 29, 2006
Amber colour with a thin white head. Aroma was caramel malts and hops. Flavour was quite hoppy and sweet and finishes quite bitter.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (12789) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 30, 2005
B5K. Dark amber colour, slightly hazy. Chewy brown sugary malts in the flavour. Full body. Aroma of toffee, nuts and hints of demerara. Sweet finish with toffeeish notes and a hint of alcohol.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6299) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 28, 2004
Bottle pours a slightly cloudy dark caramel, large frothy tannish head, attractive lacing, with very light carbonation.   Somewhat of a biscuity aroma, malty, slight alcohol and hop profile on the nose.   It has that definite Olde Ale or English Strong vibe to it.   Malty flavor up front, slightly biscuity, with mellow hop bitterness.   Maybe a bit buttery as well, but very subtle.   Average body and mouthfeel.   Finishes with only a slight hop bite and a malty background.   Decent, but nothing out of the ordinary.



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