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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


3.6
   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 (1361) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (8238) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 16, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2014 Dark burgundy color, with faint aromas of roasted cherries. Full feel, with medium carbonation; tastes of sweet cherries, roasted wood, and spices. Palate is left feeling jumpy. What a nice beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BarePaw (148) - Pullman, Washington, USA - FEB 7, 2003
It's pretty good. I like the flavor. It is smooth and not too strong. It's one of the better winter brews out there.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2003
Deep red-brown, with a thinnish beige head. Complex. A lot of malt, subdued hops, subtle roastiness, and some spices-- probably cinnamon, perhaps a tiny bit of cardamom, and orange peel. Good full-bodied smoothness. Excellent seasonal. My only peeve is the twistoff cap, which renders the bottle useless for homebrew.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DallasBryan (111) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2003

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 22, 2003
Dark, clear, and malty. Very dry finish. Excellent winter beer.


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