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RATINGS: 51   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21/5   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.


2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 25, 2008
Date: 05/24/2008
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party

Appearance: hazy amber, wispy beige head, lots of drippy lace,
Aroma: dry caramel malt aroma with an earthy presence,
Flavor: dry and earthy flavor, light caramel sweetness balanced with a touch of tartness,

Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 4/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 7/20
Rating: 2.3/5.0
Drinkability: 5/10
Score: *+/4

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (9835) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 23, 2008
2008-09-17. Hazy dark amber body with a larger long lasting beige head and lacing. Nice citrusy aroma with awesome fresh smelling oranges and tangerines (8+) have me rather excited to taste it, only to be let down. Odd flavour at first. Tart-bitter hops character, an odd tangy with a kiss of alcohol in the finish. Brief highlights echo the citrus of the aroma but they are disappointingly intermittent. Average palate on the thin side. Odd, has its moments. Numbers came out high because I liked the aroma, but I probably would have put this a touch lower overall. <i>Bottle shared by Blankboy</i>

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (8640) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2008
[1712-20080917] 22floz bottle. Fruity hops and some light apple skins aroma. Hazy, dark orange brown body with a long-lasting foamy light tan head. Citrus tangerine juice flavour has a mild floral tang finish. Medium body. Mild oldness but no proof of date.
<i>Overheard: "There’s no proof [of the date] except for that chunk at the bottom." "Mmm, chunky."</i>
<i>(c/o blankboy, w/ him, GregClow, HogTownHarry, jerc)</i>

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (7579) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 25, 2006
Bottle--blind tasting, at that. Pours a clear medium copper, thick tan head. Huge sweet fruitily hoppy nose. Body’s a little higher than medium, but not much. Active carb. Straong caustic resin-y hop bite on the mid-palate and the finish. Big strong crisp hop flavors throughout, complex but still refreshing.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blankboy (7216) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 24, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2008 My bottle (22oz) shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, jerc & mabel -- courtesy of ’Summer Secret Santa 2008’. Pours a slightly hazy orange-amber with some bubbles and a large lasting foamy off-white head. Nice spicy malty aroma along with some sweetness and citrus fruit. Flavour’s not as good (it may be a touch past it’s due date but it’s hard to tell as there’s no date anywhere on the bottle), there’s a touch of sourness to it along with citrus fruit, bready malt and spices. Average bodied. Not bad, I thought it was O.K. -- I’d love to try a fresh bottle though.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2008
Pours a transparent copper orange with a spotty-lacing white head. Aroma of lightly sweet caramel malts and a hint of tart light fruits. Starts with about average fullness and a touch of sweet pale malts along with some unexpected tartness and light fruity esters. Finishes mildly bitter and tart. Not sure if the tartness is expected.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6599) - 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.


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
HogTownHarry (6375) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 21, 2008
22oz bottle shared with blankboy, GregClow, jerc and mabel - blankboy’s bottle? Murky deep orange pour with a huge fluffy beige long-lasting head. Aroma of dry spice, citrus zest, and light sweet malt. This bottle might have been a tad old - the taste had some dry lemon juice tartness that seemed somewhat out of place, but the main body was solid floral pungency over blood orange sweet juicy malt and crushed appleseed bitterness emerging in the finish. Thick bodied, lightly acidic (again, not really quite appropro?), soft mouthfeel, and also softly carbonated - nothing wrong other than maybe a bit of papery age to it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckeyeBoy (5964) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 16, 2006
22oz bottle Pours amber topped with a small off white head. A great floral aroma and hops. A nice tast almost like a IPA. Thanks Indiana_Red for this one.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
decaturstevo (5779) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUN 22, 2008
A light spiced aroma with hints of malt. Slightly hazed orange pour. An unusual sour flavor that I just could not get past. Light bodied and a bit fizzy. Not one of my favorites. Drinkable but barely.


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