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RATINGS: 842   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


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DiamondD (38) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - SEP 24, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2003 Christmas 2002 12oz. bottle. Picked up one of two 12packs left that had been sitting in a small local drugstore's cooler for at least 6 months. I'm not a huge fan of pyramid beers, but I heard great things about this one. Upon leaving the drugstore I had my reservations. But boy how was I wrong. I think the 10 months of mellowing did this beer justice. This one pours a deep, rich auburn brown with a tight tan head that lingers nicely. Aromas are very complex. Some of you would have a heyday describing the nose of this beer. Flavors are that of a fine English strong ale. Very well balanced and smooth with well hidden alcohol. Finishes clean and somewhat dry. Very good beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6037) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 7, 2003
Dark red brown color with nice head and good lacing, medium bodied. Roasted malt the primary aroma, but nad hints of blackberries and honey. Good balance between the sweet malting and northeastern hops, nice twang during the aftertaste. Very nice.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - APR 27, 2003
Medium bodied ale with a light head. Slight fruity aroma with light fruit and malt flavors.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - APR 22, 2003
Ack. Looks like a glass of Diet Rite. Very bitter and the alcohol is well-hidden. Extremely malty, though I wouldn't call it a barleywine. Lingering bitterness on the tongue that sticks around like a bad cold.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
deedub (1) - Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, USA - APR 14, 2003 does not count
What an excellent brew. Great creamy head and full of flavor. Truely the favorite of us Pacific Northwesteners. God, I love Snow Cap!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2003
Thanks to Brewbandit for this bottle. Nice good refreshing winter beer. Nice combination of malt and spices.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Panzuriel (1308) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2003
1997 bottle drank in 2000. Deep brown liquid with good head. Nice malty aroma with some spice hints. Smooth and not too thick texture. Good sweet flavor with a twinge of roast. Nice beer.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jpfrog (130) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAR 3, 2003
2002 Bottle: Nice creamy head with a burgundy coloring. An extremely nice hop/malt balanced finish as compared to the quite sweet overpwering maltiness at first. I am quite impressed with this beer. I bought it about five months ago and even in that time it has mellowed out so much, definitely not like last year's batch. Somewhat of a sugary aroma.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
I.C.suds (189) - Da U.P. eh?, Michigan, USA - FEB 28, 2003
Bottled in 1998, drank 2003. A TWIST OFF CAP! Dark, full bodied. A little on the sweet side. Not overpowered by the hops. I really liked the screw off cap.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jurgen (7) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 18, 2003 does not count
The first taste left me for the first time with a beer with tears in my eyes and memories of... what? A wonderful beer. Smooth,spicy, well-balanced, with a perfectly stated bitter aftertaste. One would have to be completely jaded, I think, not to appreciate this one. Next year I'll hunt it down.


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