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RATINGS: 852   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 47   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Winter Warmer. A rich, full-bodied winter warmer crafted in the British tradition of holiday beers. This deep mahogany colored brew balances complex fruit flavors with a refreshingly smooth texture.

2-Row Pale Barley, Caramel 80L, Chocolate

Nugget, Willamette, East Kent Goldings

OG: 17.3

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Chad9976 (1292) - Albany, New York, USA - DEC 29, 2013
I poured a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass. It had an enjoy by date of 2/25/14 and cost $2.50 ($0.21 per ounce).

Appearance: As advertise - a beautiful shade of deep, clear mahogany. Plenty of carbonation visible. Pours to an average-sized, ivory, frothy head which laces and retains excellently.

Smell: Fairly muted nose with hints of dark amber and chocolate malts.

Taste: Pyramid claims "Snow Cap" is a winter warmer, though it’s overtly lacking in spices you usually find in the style. It’s probably more accurately labeled as an English Strong Ale as it does have the basic characteristics of that style. Light notes of chocolate and toffee as well as a certain je na se quois factor of English well water brews (i.e. Samuel Smith’s). Not much in the way of bitterness or hop flavor, though. The palette here is surprisingly mild considering what it’s marketed as being. There’s a slight tanginess on the finish you often find in macro-brewed quasi-craft beers such as this. The taste is inoffensive and drinker-friendly, just not drinker-impressive.

Drinkability: I was quite surprised to see that Pyramid Snow Cap weighed in at 7% ABV. On one hand this is good since it makes it highly drinkable with its flat, thin mouthfeel and smooth, clean finish. On the other hand it’s disappointing that a brew this big is this mild and simplistic. A good beer for newbies, but veteran drinkers may be left unimpressed.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 11/20
jdavidh (156) - California, USA - DEC 27, 2013
Awesome Xmas red color, but a weirdly spicy soapy flavor. Would be better with more carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
brokensail (11998) - Orange County, California, USA - DEC 25, 2013
On tap @ Porkys Pizza Palace. Amber pour with a small off-white head. Nose is sweet and cola-like. Nuts, caramel, toffee, and some dark fruits. Flavor is quite sweet as well. Lots of cola, nuts, caramel, and toffee. Kind of a weird iron flavor to it. Meh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
reebtogi (4485) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 22, 2013
650ml bottle pours amber in color with a finger and a half of white head that leaves a few spots of lacing on the glass. Aroma is spices and herbs with a hint of caramel. Taste is a caramel malty sweetness with a herbal hop bitterness and some spicy finish. Medium bodied with adequate carbonation. An interesting brew for the style and definitely worth a try.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
chuckstout (290) - Washington, USA - DEC 13, 2013
Bread, toffee, dark fruit aromas, pours a deep mahgony with dense head and great lacing. Rich complex and smooth not overly sweet with good mouthfeel, excellant malt balance.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jackfrost9p (338) - California, USA - DEC 11, 2013
Very enjoyable and smooth. Not too hoppy at all but nice dark fruit, malt and nut characteristics.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
KennyGalanif (42) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 8, 2013
Pours a dark red with minimal head. The head disappears quickly but leaves good lacing. Aroma is of dark malts, dark fruits, and minimal hops. Tastes smooth, with a fruity malt flavor. You can taste a little heat from the alcohol on the finish. Overall, it's a good beer that I would buy again!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
VastActiv (3320) - Oulu, FINLAND - DEC 3, 2013
Bottle 0.355l from local market at San Francisco. Colour is brown with small head. Aromas and flavours: Chocolate, spices and roasted malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
stevoj (2485) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 1, 2013
Pours dark brown with light beige foamy head. Smoky aroma ,peat, wood barrel, burnt toast. Taste is roast grains,molasses and peat with very little hop bitterness.Dark and brooding, but very drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnGalt1 (649) - , Idaho, USA - NOV 6, 2013
Cannot believed I have not reviewed this one... Picked up at the COOP tonight... Pours a clear dark/darker mahogany.. short lived dark tan head... spotty lacing. Nose is dark toast and some dark pit fruit... a bit of plum/red grape.. hints of cocoa. Flavor mirrors the nose with a decent punch of piney hops.. okay.. but underwhelming. Medium/full body but balanced by a slightly bigger than expected carbonation.... Glad I only bought one.. this used to be a go-to for me every winter, but it seems to have definitely lost it’s shine in my eye.

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