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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


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (11083) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAR 14, 2010
RBWG@Ravenous-22oz bottle-pours a light tan head and copper color. Aroma is medium malt-roasty/peat, secondary herbal. Taste is medium malt-roasty/peat/caramel, secondary herbal/pine hops bite.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopscotch (9163) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2010
Bottle… RBWG ‘10… Cloudy burnt orange ale with a small, short-lived, white head. The nose is fruity, earthy and malty – cascade hops, toffee and caramel. Medium-bodied with laid-back carbonation. Lots of earthy, citrusy hop bitterness. Toffee and caramel undertones. Lengthy, bitter, dry finish. Thanks to jcwattsrugger for sharing!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (8036) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (6905) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 10, 2008
Courtesy of Degarth. Pours copper with a bit of haze and thin tan head. The aroma has a quick hit of roasty malts before sweet dark fruity esters are noticed with layers of boysenberry, Concord grape jam and cherries. Yum. The taste is just like the aroma with a mild roasted malt flavor that rides throughout. The dark fruitiness isn’t as bold as in the nose and seems to be cut by mild grapefruit and pine hop bitterness.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (6221) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6045) - 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).

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drowland (6038) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - MAR 25, 2010
Had at the Ravenous Pig at RBWG 2010. Pours a nice brown/red with a small white head. The aroma is all old ale with some hops, but the flavor is big sweet and lots of chocolate with plenty of hop bitterness. This is a nice combo of flavors.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JAN 22, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2005 2005 Batch: Lots of roasty notes with a balance of up front hops and mild nutty malts. Very different from last years. <P>2003 Batch: Excellent flavor balance with a nutty caramel deliciousnes followed by an over the top hoppyness. I love it! <P>(Nov. 22, 02 Batch - 1.065 OG) Smells of a winter ale. Opaque ruby color with nice layer of head. Sweet winter beer, one of the betters I’ve had. Full of hops. Palate is smooth, very refreshing, not too dry. Overall one of the best seasonals I’ve had.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
decaturstevo (5024) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUL 5, 2010
Hazed copper pour with light off white head and lace. Aroma of Citrus, caramel, light malt and brown sugar. Nice caramel malt, brown sugar, and a good bitter finish. Full/medium bodied with light carbonation.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kramer (4993) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2006
25 oz bottle, via Bück Dich. Pours a dark mahogany colored body with a small fine bubbled beige head. Nose is primarily citric hoppiness over a syrupy malty base. Notes of nuttiness, caramel, alcohol, and dark fruits. Flavor is aggressive hoppiness backed by a thick caramel malt and alcohol base. Finish is bitter with alot of warming alcohol. There’s alot going on here, but it doesn’t seem to meld well. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with nice fine moderate carbonation. It becomes a little syrupy and sticky on the finish. There’s alot of flavor in this beer, but it seems like flavor for flavor’s sake. Rather in-your-face, maybe with some time this would mellow some.


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