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RATINGS: 46   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2   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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (16691) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - FEB 10, 2014
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy caramel aroma with weak hoppy hints. Has a fruity malty caramel hoppy bitter flavor. Has a fruity malty caramel spicy bitter finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CampesinoTino (761) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2011
Bomber. Pours a coppery amber color with a small amount of sudsy off-white head. In the nose, thereís hints of brown sugar, raisins, figs and cinnamon bread. The flavor starts out with lots of caramel, toffee, butterscotch and dried apricot notes supported by a toasted malt backbone. Just a tiny bit of a sweet citrus hops presence in the background. The body is adequately carbonated with a dry, sugary finish. In the end, itís a little too sweet and one-dimensional.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BillKismet (3335) - 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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DarkElf (3033) - 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 24, 2008
Pours a slightly hazy copper color with white head. Aroma is malty, caramel, crystal malts, and earthy hops. Flavor is malty, caramel, and a bitter citrus peel finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 6, 2008
From a 22oz. bottle--Poured a deep amber-chestnut body with a moderate white head. Sweet, bready fruity nose. Unbalanced sticky mildly infected presence. This beer needs some retooling.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
HogTownHarry (6101) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ChainGangGuy (4373) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 28, 2008
Appearance: Pours a clear, amber body with a bubbly, frothy, white head. Smell: Sweetish-smelling, bready maltiness with a cup of apricot juice. Taste: Bready malts with a flash of sugary sweetness. Then, the flavor jumps into a suspiciously tart apricot juice taste. A fair kick of hop bitterness holds until the still rather worrisome tart finish. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Drinkability: Not very pleasant and a bit awkward to finish.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
decaturstevo (5015) - 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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