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RATINGS: 841   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (8785) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopdog (8773) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2006
12oz bottle shared courtesy of TomDecapolis. Poured a darker reddish-brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of fruits, bananas, toasted malts and nuts. Tastes of bananas, nuts, caramel and toasted malts. Thinner body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (8359) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 31, 2009
Nice malty mixture, its also in the aroma of a darkish and big off-white head drink with cola and spice.Very drinkable this one, one of the best I have had from the brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtclockwork (7905) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 8, 2010
Very mildly spiced winter. Deep mahogany color. Great looking, but lacking complexity. Rated 1/24/02

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (7861) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7822) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 27, 2008
2002 Bottle thanks to paiste2002. Marked to have East Kent and Golding which are probably gone by now. Pours with a light brown head and a hazy dark brown body. Room filling aroma that smells like sherry from a foot away. Yup, sherry and raisins, with yeast, toffee, and marmalade. Smells similar to a well aged 2001 OSA. Taste is graham cracker, raisin, jam and a bit of cardboard oxidation. This might age a touch better than OSA in my book. Water like mouthfeel and light bubbles. This has aged gracefully! It is a really a great beer, I wish I had more of this vintage...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (7703) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2005
Dark brown (no ruby) pour, with good lacing. Aroma of spices (cinnamon, nutmeg), malt, some hops. Tastes spicy, with malt, nutmeg, brown sugar, and cognac at the finish. Somewhat dense, firm palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (7586) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2002
2002 Bottle: This is a decent enough seasonal. Pours a dark brown color with a medium thin off-white head that lasted almost the entire glass. Minimal lacing. Aroma of malt, nutmeg (?) and brown sugar. Flavor is rich and strong in alcohol and malt flavors although the ABV really isnít that high. Finish is rather sweet and nutty. Of the seasonals I have tried this year, it is better than average.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 26, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2006 Rerate 2005 vintage: Pours a clear dark mahogany with a thin ring of wispy light tan head. Has a sweet, dark malty aroma with some caramel and chocolate character. Body starts with a nice, sweet toasted caramel maltiness with some beet sugar and turning more fizzy and drier toward the finish, but revealing some vegetal off-flavors along the way. Without those, this would make a real nice winter warmer.

2003: Pours a dark robust brown with a with off-white coating of head. Musty and thick caramel malty aroma with some dry English hops. Body is grainy, syrupy and bittersweet with a dry sweaty hoppy finish. Hides its alcohol well, but just doesnít have the flavor and balance it should.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ughsmash (7092) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 24, 2010
Bottled. Poured clear garnety-brown with a short-lived cap of beige head. The aroma picked up lightly tart redder fruits paired with a little bit of cleanser.. touches of toffee and earth as well.. almost smelled slick. The flavor opened with tart red fruit skins and vinegar.. building non-directional bitterness all the way through the finish.. toffee and bready support didnít do much.. sour and ugly on the finish. Medium-bodied and sharp the whole way on the palate.. the warm, soothing "winter warmer" character I was hoping for was absent.

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