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RATINGS: 850   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 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.

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

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerhound (16) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 22, 2003
I somehow missed out on all of the "Holiday Beers" this year, but my father-in-law was good enough to give me a bottle of Pyramid Snowcap Ale he had left over. This beer is a deep reddish, almost mahogany color with a dense beige head. The aroma contained a hint of spice, a promise of more to come from this winter warmer. This promise was more than kept when tasting the brew, as my taste buds were awash in a mix of fruity, hoppy, spicy goodness. Snowcap is not quite the assault on the senses as Anchor's Christmas beer can sometimes be, which I've described as a Christmas tree --lights and all-- in a beer bottle, and I found it to be very enjoyable. The only disappointment was that I only had one. Next year I'll have to get more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - JAN 21, 2003
Definite spiced aroma. More of a spiced red ale than anything. Not bad, but not great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 18, 2003
Deep reddish mahogany color. Very mild aroma of malt and spice. Fruity. Nice bitterness. Bigger flavor than the aroma implies. Quite tasty holiday ale. Malty. Some roast. Spicy. Cinnamon? A bit medicinal. Lingers long on the palate. Fairly nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Verne (263) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - JAN 18, 2003
Think of a concentrated IPA

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rodolito (163) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 18, 2003
Imbibed in November 2002. A mildly hoppy aroma. A dark ruby brown color with a quick brown head. Flavor start of hoppy, then the malts assert themselves, followed by the hops again with a bitter aftertaste. Lightly carbonated on the tongue but no visible bubbles. A dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
igneous1 (1506) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - JAN 14, 2003
deep brown/garnet color with lots of carbonation and a decent frothy beige head. aroma is very nutty and malty sweet. almost has a cereal grainy quality to it. bit of alcohol in the flavor and a rather intrusive grainy aftertaste...not bad though. more malt than i"d like..of course that is to be expected. i suspect there arent many on this site more one-sided than myself..oh well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 13, 2003
Bright red color, foamy tan head. Fresh candyish malt in the nose with a good touch of fruity hops. Big juicy hop presence in the body backed up by a good firm maltiness and a shot of alcohol. Finishes nicely balanced with a touch of hops and a good burst of malt. Very nice strong ale, one of the better winter ales I tried this year.

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