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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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fantomasus (239) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 3, 2001
2001

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fishman (350) - Philadelphia, USA - DEC 2, 2001
Light copper color with a loose frothy head. A sweet, malty brew, some light hops and spice notes. Light mouthfeel, with a minutely bitter aftertaste. Nice winter brew, agrealby it is very reminscent of their ESB.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Darkover (1518) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2001
It is pretty similar to their ESB

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Indra (2671) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - NOV 26, 2001
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2003 Malty, toasty, grainy and sweet aroma with hints of brown sugar and caramel and faint hop spice. Medium to dark copper in color, clear, with a fairly robust head but little visible effervescence. Flavor is malty, with some toasted malt, caramel and lightly doughy breadiness. Finish shows some piney, spicy hop at last, but it"s a bit of a ítoo little, too lateí situation. Body is light to medium and palate is just this side of watery. In the past I actually looked forward to this beer being available, and I don"t honestly know if the beer or I have changed, but it"s really nothing special this year, although inoffensive. My last overall rating for this was a 3.5, it doesn"t deserve that tonight.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
plummdumb99 (34) - USA - NOV 25, 2001
Good, could use some work, but really quite good

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
legion242 (2289) - Richardson, Texas, USA - NOV 20, 2001
A beginnerís winter beer. Nice mouthfeel is probably itís best attribute.

1.2
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
joet (2245) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - NOV 20, 2001
Some light struck flavors and aromas -- possibly some iso-valeric acid, pine. Itís a loser before it hits my tongue. Hmmm... soft, wet and damp and has a fat hoppy ass that walks away quickly. Iíve had a lot of crap beers in my day and yet itís obvious this is far worse than an average beer. If you think this beer is not up to par, it should rate below a 2.75.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2001
Drank this last night while drunk and also had two bottles today when sober. Tasted much better when drunk. Spicy and hoppy mixture of tastes. Didnít really care for it all that much. Decent and drinkable but not even close to being a favorite winter beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Heat99 (56) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 18, 2001
A very thick head and a clear amber hue. This beer has a surprisingly spicy sweet kick. The spice flows in the aroma too. In general, I liked it quite a bit...but a little to strong flavored for me. I feel it would kill my palate after one or two.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - NOV 14, 2001
Not full bodied enough for me. Nice maltiness however which gives it a gran sweetness.


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