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RATINGS: 42   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
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This years seasonal offering is a crisp and hoppy brew. Its delightful taste and full body are enhanced by natural, earthy warmth. It's a celebration of all that winter brings. "Sure to keep you warm on those long cold winter nights."
IBU: 90 | 30º Lovibond | 75% AA | 20º Plato

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 27, 2005
Light minty alcoholic aroma. Light brown color, thin head. Funky minty taste, off bitterness. Even a little sour. Medium bodied, but doesn’t save it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 15, 2004
This brew pours with a cloudy orange body topped by a thick head with a good amount of lacing. The aroma is sweet, malty and full of candy sugar with a slight hop note. The flavor is sweet yet bitter, grassy from the hops and slightly sugary. Medium bodied, smooth and dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
flemdawg (531) - Naples, Florida, USA - MAY 28, 2004
2003 bottle. Hoppy aroma along with spices to make things interesting. Hazy amber in color with a light brown head that diminshed quickly. Lots of piney hops in the taste. Also got some citrus flavors and some wood too. Good, but not what I expected from the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsquire (3464) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAY 26, 2004
Medium amber color with a thin, off-white head. Strong malt with some citrus flavors. Lots of pine hops in the finish. Well balanced. Thanks to BBB63 for sharing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hotstuff (4092) - Indiana, USA - MAY 24, 2004
Thanks to BBB63 for sharing this beer at thedm’s and hotstuff’s Fort Wayne beer tasting. Poured a very small head that contained fine-large sized bubbles that fully diminished. The body was uncarbonated, cloudy and an orange-brown hue. The aroma was malty, sweet, and hops. The taste was somewhat bitter, cloves, hops and malt with a bit of an aftertaste. The mouthfeel was hoppy and somewhat dry. The lacing was sparse.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thedm (4935) - Fort Wayne, USA - MAY 21, 2004
After the Fort Wayne Ale Fest 2004, BigBadBear, Flemdawg, JSquire, Hotstuff, and Silphium came over to my place for a tasting. This was our fifth brew of the evening provided by Mike (BBB63). This brew poured a small head of medium sized off-white colored bubbles that left behind a poor lacing. The body was a uncarbonated transparent dark ruby red brown color. The aroma was malty and jelly like. The mouth feel was vinous biting and hoppy. Wow! it is very vinous indeed for a 7% ABV. It had a strong malt hop flavor with spicy peppery notes to it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3167) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 16, 2004
2003 edition. Mike (BBB63) brought this Idaho beverage to Fort Wayne for a tasting. Has more of an American Strong Ale aspect with abundant piney, spicy hops in the aroma and flavor. The hops are balanced in the flavor by a sweet, caramely and lightly fruity malt backbone. Finishes bitter with citrus and pine. Developed woody characteristics as it warmed. The body was orange-brown, relatively clear, with a minimal off-white head. I enjoyed this English Strong Ale/American Strong Ale/Barleywine if only its ABV was higher elixir!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6037) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 16, 2004
Light orangy amber hue with good fizzy off-white head and good lace. The aroma has notes of a lot of hops: floral, perfumy, grassy, piney, and grapefruit all appear. Maybe this should be an AMERICAN Strong Ale? Additional notes of straw and caramel malts, leathery yeast esters, and butternut. The taste display a piney and tradional bitterness with lingering sweet malt and leathery yeast background, more balanced than I was expecting after the aroma notes, but still too piney for an English Strong. A nice dose of light spice (clove and cinnamom) and citrus upon the finish. The mouthfeel is dry, metallic, chalky and fizzy. A letdown here but the alcohol is hidden well, so a base average score of 3 is in order for the palate. With the already noted comments above, I still found this to be a nicely quaffable beer. Opened at the last minute Ft. Wayne get together, thanks for the bottle Jordan (Bück Dich).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bsour (78) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 22, 2003
Dark brown/orange in color. Nice spicy aroma. Hardly any head, but that is most likely due to the pour. This started off fine and then turned bad pretty quick. Got a nasty tangy feeling in the back of my throat and thought it would close up due to phlegm build-up.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (8020) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2003
Dark orange. Aroma of cinnamon and alcohol. Very spicy and sharp, "all purpose spices". Very hoppy and with a dry finish.

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