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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


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
herbstress3 (221) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 16, 2002
Great dark burnt sienna color. Solid lacey head. Spicy flavor but could be heartier. Strong aroma when opening the bottle but fades quickly. Sort of weak aftertaste.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
schm1005 (151) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 15, 2002
Low head, reddish-amber in color. Malty, peaty aroma like a scotch/strong ale. Smooth malt flavor with a spicy hop profile. Light carbonation that tingles down the sides of the tongue. The flavor rounds out well with the aroma making an interesting and well buil beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (9161) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 7, 2002
Itís been over a year since I tried this beer. I really enjoyed it, but the commercial description will have to do. If you like other winter warmers / American strong ales that i have rated highly, this one wonít dissapoint you.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5284) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 1, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2006 Rerate - 2005 vintage. This Ale pours a deep brown color from a 12oz bottle. Medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is caramel malts and some earthy hoppiness. A medium bodied English Strong Ale. Malts are caramel and sweet with a touch of fruitiness. Seems to some seasonal spices like nutmeg and cinnamon as well. Hops are piney and earthy. Nice balance. Smooth taste. Hides the 7% alcohol well. Nice beer, very typical of the winter seasonals. It is fruity and sweet with just enough hops to balance each other out. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
morty99 (371) - Maryland, USA - SEP 11, 2002

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - AUG 8, 2002
long lasting alcohol/hop bite. a little sidenote, I was forced to use Benís word for my aroma rating due to a stuffed up nose

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AceOfHearts (1375) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUL 25, 2002
I liked this quite a bit. Dark reddish-brown appearance, tan head that mellows down to a thin layer. Rich smell, prominent caramel, a little bit of fruitiness, some sourness. Nice sweet malt in the taste that somewhat reminds me of a Celebrator Dopplebock. Nice smooth mouthfeel. Warm finish, excellent!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUL 25, 2002
dark burgundy. syrupy and slightly sweet, with a nice shot of hops. some cinnamon and very little fruit flavor. a good warming sipper.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
heykevin (1276) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - JUL 24, 2002
This is a well executed version of this style. Malty and strong, with nice background hoppiness, with an attractively dry finish. This is a much better execution of this style than say Summitís winter, which I find too sweet in the finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
HH (165) - Everett, Washington, USA - JUL 12, 2002
I look forward to seeing this every year. Rich, malty, hoppy and a good kick to it. Cheers!


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