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RATINGS: 870   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.


2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dogbrick (8516) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2002
2002 bottle: I wasn’t expecting too much from this one and I was not let down. It definitely needs to warm a little for any flavor to come through. Pours a dark amber color with minimal head and lace. Aroma is lightly matly and spicy. Flavor is slightly nutty with a little butterscotch or caramel but overall it is thin. Not as robust as I like my winter ales.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (8219) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 11, 2004
Some light wood, nutmeg, scotch, cream... all around a tasty brew but not very complex... light-to-medium body, a little fizzy at times and creamy as others. Some leafy hops show up near the end. Decent enough. Smells like artificial strawberry flavoring sometimes.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MartinT (8030) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 7, 2002
Roasted malt and silky caramel…Sweet fruit and cinnamon…More of an autumn beer…

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DocLock (8016) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2005
Dark copper pour, with minimal head. Aroma of caramal malt, brown sugar, some vegetals, and even brine. The taste was caramel malty but had funky vegetal off notes that I’m hoping were an aberration. I had a hard time finishing this one.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jercraigs (8013) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 4, 2005
Bottle from random gas station in Maine. Brown body, creamy beige head. Green hoppy aroma was unexpected, and only becomes more prominent as the glass goes on. Touch of smokey log cabin in the background. Flavour is a bit odd. Very strong celery characteristics, Mild bitterness over sweet malt hiding below. Vaguely herbal/licorice undertones. Average palate. Bizarrely interesting. Enjoyable but puzling.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (7879) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 2, 2006
Bottle. Very strong pine/cedar resin aroma - hard to detect anything else. Clear medium amber color with small head. Moderate malt and strong hops flavor with really only a hint of the pine - from the aroma, I was afraid it would taste like Pinesol. Very interesting how it has such a strong pine aroma but it doesn’t come out much in the flavor.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BMan1113VR (7867) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 17, 2008
Bottlede on 10/29/08 and drank on 11/14/08. Pours with a huge, fluffy, off-white head and a dark hazlenut body. Some good lacing. Some spicey piney hops and a bit of toasted malt and orange peel in the aroma. Taste is hoppy with some orange and a bit watery compared to the aroma. Some toasted malt and toffee. Creamyish mouthfeel, and light carbonation.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
crossovert (7745) - Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2011
Just kind of an average beer. It is pretty malty with some caramel but there is a nice bit of hops.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 28, 2003
Pours a deep copper with an eggshell colored head. Very fresh hoppy aroma, like a good IPA. Body starts with a nice hoppy kick and trails off into a more caramel malty side. Good crisp bittersweet finish. A very nice hoppy amber. I wouldn't really consider it an English Strong Ale.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ibrew2or3 (7055) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 20, 2006
12 oz bottle stating 6% ABV. Nice copper color with frothy off white head. Great lacing. Light malty aroma with some cinnamon and a bit of hops. The flavor sports a full caramel maltiness backed up by a grapefruit hop bite. Hidden between the malts and hops are hints of nutmeg and cinnamon.


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