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RATINGS: 872   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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A rich, hearty ale brewed for a clean, dry, roasty palate.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
I.C.suds (189) - Da U.P. eh?, Michigan, USA - DEC 8, 2003
Dark amber with a frothy but short lived light tan head. Spicy hop aroma. No chance to identify the malt- overly hopped- Resiny aftertaste reminds me of doing bong hits in college back in '75.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - DEC 7, 2003
Nice reddish-brown color. Decent white billowy head. Aroma is rich with hops. Bitter and dry in the initial taste. Medium bodied flavor, mellow for a winter beer. Still not too bad for the 2003 version.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
maxwillis (5) - Prescott, Arizona, USA - DEC 7, 2003 does not count
I didn't think it was all that great. the ESB is still much better. The brew just isn't the same since I left seattle. For a couple months I had a tower of red hook cases in the coner of my room. they each had a coupon for a tour of the brewery, I never did make it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (11805) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 6, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2005 (12/10/05, 12oz bottle, bottled on 11/21/05, ABV = 6%) Small beige head topping a clear nut-brown body. Aroma is medium sweet, spruce, some pistachio, faint anise, nutmeg -- strange combination. Taste is medium sweet, pine, some caramel, light vegetal. Light-medium body. Definitely seems different from the last time I tried it, and not for the better. (5/3/6/3/11)

(12/6/03, 12oz bottle): Clear garnet body with small beige head. Aroma is medium sweet, spiced, grapefruit, light floral. Taste is medium sweet, spiced, grapefruit/floral. Medium body. (6/4/7/4/14)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ztrvz (218) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 6, 2003
no point in drinking this from a trappist glass... slighty hoppy odor. small head that disappears quickly. slightly sweet, a bit nutty, with some hops nipping at your tongue eventually. much thinner than i expected. ok. definitely not robust. -1 point for false advertising. :>

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 30, 2003
Hoppy malty aroma, very deep amber, with a small cream coloured head. Soft hops flavour, good bitterness. Good.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
biermonk (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 30, 2003
On tap at Summits Wayside Tavern. Poured a dark amber color with a smal tan head. Strong hop prescence in the nose.. I found it to be lacking in malt presentation. Nice flavor that was founde on a strong hopp- bitterness. I liked this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Radek Kliber (6571) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - NOV 30, 2003
Thick creamy head, dark hooked amber, Aroma of sweet malt. Soft in taste, caramel malt, light theme. Good texture, but somehow to shallow.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AlabastorJones (810) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 30, 2003
Golden/red appearance, thin tan head, lingering hop taste, slightly burnt malt taste, i would've guessed this was an amber ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - NOV 28, 2003
copper with a small off white head. mild herbal hop and spice aroma. thin bodied with a mild hop bitterness, with hints of nutmeg and some fruitiness. OK but nothing special.

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