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RATINGS: 46   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   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


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
IndianaRed (2674) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 8, 2005
On Tap at the brewpub Hazy, deep reddish brown with a small light tan head and sturdy lasting lacing. Deep malty aroma, easy on the hops and some hints of the ABV coming through. Flavors were sweet malty, a bit woody and the alcohol is noticable. Nice smooth and fairly heavy feel. Again, not too hoppy but otherwise strong all around.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (6486) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 27, 2005
Head is initially large, frothy, off-white, fully lasting. Body is hazy dark amber. Aroma is moderately malty (toasted bread, cookie), lightly hoppy (flowers, orange), lightly yeasty (sweat, dough). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lighlty sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter, slightly unclean. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Watery, crude.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - MAR 27, 2005
Easter Sunday tasting w/ Ernest. Aubrey and Brian. Dark copper color with a large head. Light toffee-laden malts with hints of caramel along with an abrasive flowery hop presence in the nose. Equally expressive malty and hoppy flavor but abrasive and somewhat strange.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Aubrey (3479) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAR 27, 2005
Murky amber. Thin, fluffy body. Zingy notes of lemon, burnt caramel and toasted toffee. Flowery, grassy bitterness. Very mild sweetness. Dryish, bitter finish.

2.9
   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.

3.8
   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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
flemdawg (537) - Rowlett, Texas, 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsquire (3614) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hotstuff (4353) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thedm (4997) - 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.


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