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Brewed by St Peters (UK)
Style: Old Ale
Bungay, England

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RATINGS: 506   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Cask; Seasonal - Winter. Also available brewery conditioned and cold filtered in 500ml bottles.
A deep ruby red strong ale with an excellent balance of malt sweetness and hop bitterness. A classic example of a ’winter warmer’; high in alcohol and rich in taste.


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
neuromatt (1169) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2013
500 mL bottle from the LCBO, served in a stem glass. Pours hazy chestnut with a small tan head that fades to a thin remnant. The nose has coffee and roast malts, along with dry, porteresque earthy notes. The flavour is moderately sweet with a slight bitterness and big, herbal spicy notes. The finish is long and herbal, with a slight spiciness. On the palate it is medium in body with a watery texture and soft carbonation. Overall, this is a nice light, wintery English ale. The cask version is likely a fair bit nicer. 2012-12-24

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sdaniel90 (401) - Mexico City, MEXICO - DEC 11, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2014 Bottle, 500ml. Pours a deep, but opaque dark brownish colour with a modest tan head. Aroma features a very pleasant sweetness with some nice coffee and dry fruit notes. Medium to heavy bodied. Flat carbonation. Dense dark malt character well balanced by a subtle bitterness. Alcohol is well masked. Excellent ale, warming and very drinkable.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tadahster (112) - SWITZERLAND - DEC 10, 2013
Aged for almost two years. Winey, roast, raisins, malt background, milk chocolate, hints of mocha, coffee, "light" as in not lingering.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vighals (1322) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - DEC 7, 2013
Sort med rødskjær med lys brunt skum. Vodka og kakaopulverlukt. Kakao også i smak, noe salt lakris. Tørr salt ettersmak, lite bitter og lite kullsyre.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arsol (607) - NORWAY - DEC 7, 2013
Bortimot svart farge med lyst brunt skum. Aroma av sjokolade, stenfrukt. Godt med fylde og smaker noe fruktig og sjokolade. Ganske tørr i ettersmak.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chribban (185) - SWEDEN - DEC 5, 2013
Pours dark brown to black with a beige head. Nose: Dried fruit, spice, brown sugar and dark bread. Taste: Medium sweetness, chocolate, fruity, raisin, lightly bitter at the end. Medium body, creamy, soft carbonation. Great beer at this time of year!

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
thirstyrabbit (1136) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 1, 2013
Bottle. Dark brown body with a reddish hue. Weak aroma has dried fruit and caramel. Semi-bland taste of caramel and berries. Somewhat drinkable but has no character. Not as disappointing as their Christmas Ale that I had yesterday but just barely passable. Not a "winter warmer" in my book - I could session this on a hot summer evening and it would still feel watery.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jamestulloch (1506) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 1, 2013
Bottle from Wholefoods. Dark brown body with a faint beige head that quickly fades. No lacing. Aroma of lightly roasted malt, dark fruits and a hint of spice. Flavour of caramelised sugar, brown bread and a suggestion of Christmas pudding. Medium body with an oily mouthfeel. Soft carbonation. A nice warming beer for a cold winter’s night.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nazzty (921) - Ödåkra - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - NOV 30, 2013
Full-bodied and bready with slightly burnt flavors and dried fruit. Good finish with a nice bitterness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Freaky_tiki (614) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 21, 2013
Third pour I’ve had tonite that says ’winter ale’ on the label (2 from England, 1 from Canada) & this is the most interesting & enjoyable. Pours darker than expected with a thin cap that fades faster than my paycheque this time of the year. Aroma is bursting malt & sweet fruit. Flavour is deep: starts with an explosion of malt & dark fruit & fades to an almost salty hop bitterness. Nice.


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