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RATINGS: 861   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.


2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BrewDad (4632) - Olympia, USA - OCT 10, 2005
(Newport Weekend) This was a good beer. I liked the complexity between the hops and malts. A good easy going winter beer. Nothing where you light yourself on fire beer. The deep colors and aroma where good.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
notalush (4631) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 20, 2003
Hearty this is not. This is a very weak english strong ale. The aroma has a faint roastiness, but not really anything else. The flavor is thin. all the roasty, malty and sweet flavors that should be present are there, but in such minute amounts that this tastes almost like they watered-down the beer. This is a beer to be avoided.

2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
EithCubes (4626) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 14, 2006
Bottle. Sweet and spiced aroma, floral hops with pine, spruce, and sweet corn, and a little herby funk. Amber-copper pour with a short but sticky beige head. Grainy, lightly hoppy, and dry taste, a little gritty from spice. Toasty notes are way down in the mix. A little woody and a little nutty, and pleasantly dry, but a bland disappointment overall. And very light vegetal bitterness. Medium body and slightly acidic. Pretty nasty aftertaste.

2.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4547) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 26, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2007 I have never been a big fan of this brewer but as I had never had this particular beer before I grabbed one. Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a dark mahogany color with a small dark tan head. The aroma is sour malt with an unpleasant off scent. The flavor is reasonably strong with caramel and has a flowery hop presence. The caramel and a hint of sour nut linger on the finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgb9348 (4488) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2003
Good strong winter ale!!

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - FEB 28, 2002
Bottled. Appearance: dark brown, clear, medium somewhat frothy head. Nose: pretty weak; more malty than hoppy. Flavor/palate: sweet, fairly full-bodied, not terribly distinctive. Slight spiciness, also a bit of unpleasant metal/bitterness on the end. An OK Winter beer, not really recommended.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Pailhead (4413) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - NOV 10, 2005
Bottle: Aroma is very roasty, nutty, and lightly floral. Pours a transparent garnet with a small off-white head. Flavor is very roasty and nutty up front with the slightest hints of chocolate in the background. Finishes moderately floral and lightly piney. Tastes more like a mediocre brown ale.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TomDecapolis (4394) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JAN 25, 2007
Pours a translucent red/amber with an average foamy/bubbly off white head that left some lacing. Aroma of sweet fruity/maltiness along with some spices and toasted malts. Flavor was kind of metallic, malty, light hop bitterness, some spices. Kind of dry and a bit on the thin side.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
badgerben (4362) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 4, 2004
Very sub-par winter ale. Aroma was more like an over hopped pils. Very thin and a tad bitter. Some citrus notes as well. Not too good.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
dwyerpg (4354) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 27, 2006
Kind of a soapy aroma, flavor definitely has some funky malts and hops, which makes sense given the style. Taste is okay, just not real good. Don’t see the roasted notes.


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