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RATINGS: 847   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.

Malts:
2-Row Pale Barley, Caramel 80L, Chocolate

Hops:
Nugget, Willamette, East Kent Goldings

OG: 17.3


3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - NOV 28, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2004 A very nice amber/brown-ale with a good English hop nose. The flavor is quite good-not to sweet for its size, and with a nice bop bite (flavor and bitternes) in the back. Re-Rate for ’04: pours a very pretty reddish-amber with a short-lived white head. aroma of toasty and sweet malts well balanced by earthy hops. unfortunately, that malt falls right out of the flavor-no where near enough to balance the harsh, astringent bitterness. like a tea bag boiled for an hour, leaving some serious fuzzy tounge. becomes marginally more drinkable as it warms; the malt ties to come out a bit.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nuffield (3717) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2003
Bottle with 2003 label. Reddish brown color, little head. Before it gets too warm, this keeps a very Belgian quality. Generous aroma, caramel, alcohol, slightly plastic (like a brand-new rain poncho). More fruity complexion in tasting, and though malty it is still dry, with a moderate burnt bitterness in a long finish (grill-roasted asparagus, anyone?). Substantial carbonation in the mouthfeel, lively yet soft like a Belgian dubbel. As it gets closer to room temperature, it takes on more strong ale qualities, minimizing whatever fruitiness I had found earlier. Good beer, generally satisfying as it took me through a journey of some complexity, even though I wasn't amazed by where the journey ended up.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fly (1419) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - NOV 25, 2003
All prepared to give glowing account of the thick roasted malt and subtle spiciness, but going on the memory of the previous night. So I get another bottle out to refine the memory. Turns out that a bottle from the same six pack is chock full of banana esters. Weird and interesting and not the least bit like I remembered the bottle from the night before. Putting in the numbers based on the night before and recollection of liking it last year. Hope the other bottles I have don't exhibit the same as this one.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 22, 2003
Pretty nice seasonal overall. Bottle, poured dark brown with garnet highlights and almost no head. Rich dark malt aroma, brown bread and spice cake with floral hops in the background. Flavor features the spices, nutmeg, allspice, clove, pepper and others. Rich maltiness also with a lingering hop finish. Nice mouthfeel and smooth carbonation. Definitely a winter brew.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - NOV 20, 2003
Pours a dark amber color with a great frothy off-white head. Good lacing. Aroma is sweet and malty with some light spice. Also detect some nice hops. Taste is very sweet with nice bitterness to follow. Some fruity notes. I don't taste the spice in the flavor that I detected on the nose. I like this beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - NOV 20, 2003
A reddish-roasted color. Deep tan head. A nice malty hoppy aroma. Has a nice smooth malty even semi-sweet flavor. Not full flavored but very quaffable. A decent winter warmer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 17, 2003
Mild hoppy malt and caramel aroma.Crimson appearance with light tan head.Thick mouthfeel.Mild,slightly sour dark fruit flavor with malt and caramel and strawberry flavors emerging as it warms.Mild hop finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - NOV 12, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2005 Malt and spice in the nose.The head was short/tan and the lace was sparce/color was a garnet amber.Sweet malt,tease of chocolate and spice,some hops,nice dry finish that lingers.Carbonation is soft and mellow.There is no indication that this was brewed w/any spices.Not bad,not all that great either. Does have some English characteristic at least.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
WabashMan (1014) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - NOV 7, 2003
A nice, dark reddish brown color and small, light tan head start this brew. Nose is malt and spice...nice but not pronounced enough. Flavor starts malty and ends with hoppy dryness...really a very dry finish. Strange at first, but by the second or third sip the beer tends to grow on you. Definitely the best offering I've had from Pyramid.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
guzzler67 (1529) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - NOV 6, 2003
Dark red appearance with a small head and good lacing. Fruity aroma. Initial taste of red licorice, but the sweet malts soon dominated the medium-bodied flavor. Somewhat spicy, hoppy finish. Interesting range of tastes.


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