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RATINGS: 179   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
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A winter seasonal made with all English Pale & Crystal malts. Hopped with Phoenix, Kent Golding, Challenger, and Target hops in the boil and dry hopped.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
troyc (2585) - Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2011
[Bottle] Pours a dirty golden color with a soapy foam head. Heavy floral and fruit aroma seems almost artificial. Sweet rolls, biscuit, lots of ESB style hops, mild tea flavors and sweet toffee. Lingering sweet finish. Full in body, but the balance was kind of a mess. I got to say I liked this one initially, but as it warmed the flaws started to come out more readily.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sledutah (5211) - Utah, USA - JUN 20, 2011
12oz bottle from Tim and April, thanks
Appearance: Pours slightly hazy dark amber with a medium sized off-white head and good lacing
Aroma: Fruity, sweet toffee and earthy
Taste: Fruity, malty, earthy, grainy with some bitterness
A nice beer, easy drinking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (9727) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 17, 2011
Bottle… Clear orange/copper ale with a small, wispy, off-white head. Decent retention. Toffee and black tea really stand out in the bouquet. Medium to full-bodied and oily with tingly carbonation. The flavor is unsweetened black tea infused with moderately sweet toffee and a light twist of lemon. Finishes bittersweet - more bitter than sweet. Bottle courtesy of BgThang!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
markwise (4544) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 14, 2011
Thanks to AttitudeBrew for this one in trade. Pours a hazy brown-amber color with an off-white head. Nose is nice caramel, toffee, cocoa, some biscuit, and a bit of earth. Flavor starts with caramel, then goes to grassy hops, then some ash, then lingering miscellaneous bitterness. Medium to full-bodied for an ESB (even a double ESB). Interesting take on the style; nice and somewhat complex.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ughsmash (7202) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 18, 2011
Bottled. Poured clear medium amber with a wispy off-white head. The aroma picked up redder fruity notes with a little biscuity character beneath.. spicy and earthy accents initially, with some pine resin and citrus showing as it warmed up a bit.. smelled a little too skewed toward the sweets. The flavor found sticky-sweet honey and bready malts at the core, with pepper-accented fruit, pine, and earthy bitterness around.. quite bitter and assertive by the end.. not all that enjoyable. Medium-bodied with just OK feel and flow through the palate.. it was drinkable, but I really don’t need another.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wchesser (1266) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 14, 2011
From bottle. Pours cloudy dark amber with lots of carbonation and thick foamy head. Very faithful rendition of the style. Solid malt front with a stiff hops back but definitely doubled down. Full pallate with bitter hops and long finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 29, 2011
from bottle..reddish amber body with medium head...similar to an english pale or ipa, it has a nice bitter and dry hop character to an otherwise malty profile..fresh and good

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wavers1 (909) - Notown, California, USA - APR 29, 2011
nice copper pour with lots of lacing and sheeting on the glass. nice malt body and flavor, decent bit of hoppy bitterness, def and english malt and hop profile. nice and drinkable, not a bad brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 25, 2011
12oz bottle from jefferz5000. Pours a hazy caramel with a soid foamy head that recedes to a swirl along the top. Heavy caramel malt sweetness with some toast and lit earthy hop bitterness. There is a bit of pine resin and medicinal character as it warms. The taste has lots bitter hops up front, especially for an ESB. The caramel malts dominate the backbone with a more prominent biscuit flavor than in the aroma. The mouthfeel is pretty full bodied for an ESB, prickly from the hops and with strong carbonation. This is an amped up ESB to be sure and I wouldn’t call it terribly drinkable for the style but it more complex than most, so I would certainly recommend it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
HopsIPAndDrunk (43) - Oklahoma, USA - APR 18, 2011
Aroma is sweet resin-hop with alcohol definitely present. Also contains strong fruity notes that resemble fruity pebbles cereal..... or fruit roll-ups, if you will (Do they still make those?) A beautiful reddish-amber color with a clear complexion. Develops an impressive white frothy head that quickly diminishes after the pour. Very minimal lacing occurs (more like spotting... again, if you will). Heavy bitter taste (much like an IPA) with a fruit notes gathering in the nose. Medium-bodied that is impressive as far as ales go, with a slick texture. Fizzy carbonation in the mouth with a lingering bitter finish that is a bit biting. Not a bad brew, although I’m not jumping off the couch to buy more.

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