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RATINGS: 887   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
A rich, hearty ale brewed for a clean, dry, roasty palate.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 24, 2002
"Robust"? Maybe. Not too bad, classic english ale flavor, but nothing like the better examples.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - NOV 24, 2002
Very sour kind of bitter, unpleasant actually. I drank this while watching UW upset No.3 WSU, and being from Pullman maybe this was Seattle’s way of saying "don’t drink our goddamn beer if you our rooting for the other team." Well, just like the Huskies, beer too can have a bad season.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Crit (3809) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 24, 2002
Contrary to popular belief this is not the same every year. This wasn’t one of the better ones, lacking in flavor

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Discofish (152) - USA - NOV 23, 2002
Kinda tastes like puke

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - NOV 23, 2002
Had a few of these in a bottle after watching Ohio State spank Michigan and clinch a spot in the Fiesta Bowl. GO BUCKS!! Anyway, I digress. Subtle nose of caramel, flowers, and a hint of citrus. Pours a clear ruddy brown/orange. The ultra creamy and exceptionally tight off-white head is mostly lasting with good lacing. The flavor starts sweet with a warm and spicy middle that is slightly acidic. The finish is on the sweet side. The medium creamy lively palate finishes clean and slightly dry. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 23, 2002
2002 - medium thick, sweet fruity malts too close to cloying. 2001 - thick, syrupy. some fruity flavors towards the end of the bottle. I don’t like winter warmers that add fruit. I prefer a traditional winter warmer like Young’s or Sam Smith.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - NOV 22, 2002
Dull brown and transluscent. Dry hoppy aroma. Sweet malty taste - some hints of raspberries, caramel, woodiness, strawberry? Agreeable but mild finish. This might be a good campfire keg beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - NOV 22, 2002
Deep dark amber with a foamy fast fading head. Light on the nose, not much there. Flavor is sweet and slightly spicy. Light dry malt aftertaste. Quaffable, but nothing special.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 22, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2003 clear watery red with a firm head that dissapates quicly...sour fruity aroma with hints of sourball cherry...watery metallicness subsiding to malty fruitiness all swiming in a subtly carbinated lake of dryness..very subtle tart sourness in the background..I dont get too much spice..just lots of sour fruits..but the body is a tad light..and if tis a cold winter night..I'd think you might want something with a little more HHmmPh!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernest (7285) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2011 Bottle (2011 bottling). Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white to light brown, mostly lasting. Body is medium amber to light brown. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain, cookie), moderately hoppy (grapefruit, apricot), lightly yeasty (dough). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly astringent, slightly metallic. A perfectly acceptable hoppy amber ale (certainly not an English Strong IMHO). Simple, but aromatic and flavorful. A little metallic. Overall better than expected.

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