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RATINGS: 883   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.


2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BrewDad (5274) - Olympia, Washington, 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.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
AirForceHops (5264) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 18, 2010
On tap at the Brew pub. Pours a hazy dark rusty red color with a medium head. OK retention and lacing. Aroma of caramel, fruity notes, a bit of chocolate and bitter, peppery hops. Taste is caramel, cinnamon, bitter leafy hops. Medium bodied. There is some drinkability here, just not a style I care to much for. But it’s worth a try for the people who like this style

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
ben4321 (5252) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 13, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2009 Location: Had it many times, can find it almost anywhere

Aroma: Malts, dark fruits, some spice
Appearance: Nice looking dark red color
Flavor: Mostly malty sweetness, some roasted flavor
Palate: Medium body, dull mouthfeel
Overall Impression: An average, OK, just decent winter ale...Not a lot of very interesting flavor here. Looks better then it is. **Update 12/5/09: Just had some of a bottle of this, but the rating seems about right, so I’m going to leave it here.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
heemer77 (5217) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - NOV 10, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2006 The body is a dark red with more brown without being held to the light. The head iss lightly yellowish and frothy. The aroma has oranges with some light caramel. The taste is light grapefruit along with some roasted peanuts and popcorn. There is also a little note of toffee. Not bad.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
JohnnyJ (5198) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 11, 2007
Aroma is sweet and hoppy. Notes of caramel in the nose. Pour is reddish amber with a fizzy white head. Flavors of hops, fruit, mild spice, and malt. A decent ale.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
JPDIPSO (5153) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 1, 2003
UPDATED: APR 12, 2009 Rerate. Looks about the same, perhaps a bit darker and some rudy hues. Flavors seem to match, but I do not have near the appreciation of this one I did in ’03. Nov 1, 2003, 7,4,8,2,15 - 3.6 Dark copper color with a stable tan head. Fresh hops and mild toasted malt aromas. Lightly roasted malt with a vanilla/nutty backdrop. Better then past years. A bitbitter and acidic in the finish. A touch "unclean" in the finish. Better than SNCA this year.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
vyvvy (5136) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - OCT 28, 2006
Looking at the style listed here I have to wonder how this is an English Strong Ale clocking in at 5.58%. Oh well. Pours clear bronze with a rocky tan head. The aroma is somewhat spicy, woody / cardboard and lightly roasted malt. Medium body with a little bit of fizzy carbonation. Starts medicinal with some clean roasted malt and some woody hops. There is just a hint of sweetness, it is mainly dry. The finish has some spicy / piney hops that give a quick flash adn then it is over - very quick finish. Ok beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thornecb (5128) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 28, 2010
Pours deep amber into a trappist glass. White micro head with good retention recedes to coat surface leaving spot lacing. Spice aromas. Crisp with dark caramel and a sweet lasting pepper finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mar (5098) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 4, 2008
deep amber pour with a thin cream head. nice chocolate aroma with some caramel. easy on the palate with a bittersweet chocolate taste mixed with coffee.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 11/20
obguthr (5094) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - APR 23, 2008
Clovy aroma. Reddish copper color with a thin head and good lacing. Floral marigold flavor. Nice ingredients but too bitter and floral for my taste.


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