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


2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
szkot (100) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 17, 2004
The best thing about this beer was the color. Taste was not remarkable, slightly metallic. Not a beer for me.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DarkStar22769 (100) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 25, 2007
A deep ruby-caramel pour with a middling cream head. Aroma may suffer as a result of a cold but itís malty...chocolatey with little in the way of hop bouquet. Flavour has that graininess that seems to accompany black patent malt...itís decent. Some hop in the taste, more than I would have expected given the lack of presence in the aroma. Again, this cold is impacting my rating but I think Iím being fair. I would order more of this, for sure.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
SGTHibbert (100) - Perry, Iowa, USA - AUG 12, 2007
Amber colored with a soft white head. Malty with hints of caramel, and just a hint of spicyness. Dry and alittle thin. Alittle grassiness as well.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wacohoover (100) - Garland, Texas, USA - MAR 27, 2008
Good beer. Smooth and refreshing. A little more heavy tasting than many other ales, which I kind of expected. Hints of caramel, pine, and a mild hoppy flavor.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
robpet (98) - Stone Mountain, Georgia, USA - NOV 22, 2005
Average, average, average, average, average. What else is there to say? Pours fine, smells ok, tastes decent, but with no real character. "Hearty" it is not. Not distinguishable from a mediocre summer ale.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GregL40 (97) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 12, 2003
Enjoyable winter brew, but blander than some others. Could use a bit more spice.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jedimasternick (96) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 25, 2002
A much better winter than others including Sam Adams with a nice slight spiciness.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrPiva (96) - Alabama, USA - DEC 18, 2007
Average aroma, maybe the draft is better? A bit grassy tasting. I personally think the hops overwhelm the malt but not in a good way like maybe Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Overall just too much of some spice I canít put my finger on.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
vonderbrink (95) - Concord, California, USA - MAR 19, 2007
Bottle: Amber color. Nice tan head that stayed around awhile. Malty aroma with a hint of spice. Nice lingering after taste.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Oycpff (93) - USA - APR 27, 2006
bottle - Clear, copper/amber with quickly diminishing head, decent lace. Grainy aroma with fruit, spice and slight hops. Thin to medium bodied, slick feel with flavors of slight roast, nasty fruit flavors, slight spice, metallic hops, light malt that is not bad but this puppy doesnít do it.


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