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RATINGS: 267   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
This medium to full bodied ale is a deep brown color with notes of chocolate and nut flavors. It has a subtle hop bitterness and chocolaty aroma. This is the perfect holiday beer for the season.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gbzia (195) - Cedar Knolls, New Jersey, USA - OCT 19, 2002
Nice, a bit hoppy, with a good, lasting flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
CrimsonGhost1971 (188) - USA - JUL 6, 2002
Very little bitterness in aftertaste. Some spice flavor added. Very drinkable as it tends to not sit heavy. ;)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JFGrind (2006) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2002
A friend of mine brought this over the house in bottles. A great winter (strong) ale that made a fine companion to watching the Eagles beat the Bears at Soldier Field this past weekend.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2761) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2001
Late 2001 edition: a rye based beer. Nicely zesty - with that great light tingle of nuttiness from rye. Moderate bitterness and smooth sweetness makes this one of the preferable winter beers this year. Amber color with firm lasting head and lacing. Aroma is complex with hints of spice and unusual malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
obxdude10 (2270) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2001
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2004 Re-rate: Light brown in color with a decent tan head, some lacing around the glass, nose full of caramel & nutmeg, those notes are also present in the flavors, a very nice holiday beer, clean & smooth, very crisp as well

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ravidesai (978) - Bombay, INDIA - NOV 29, 2001
UPDATED: APR 29, 2003 A pleasant winter ale- not on their webpage as pointed out previously. lightly spiced nut-like taste. aftertate has a strong alcohol bite. a nice drink on a damp winter evening.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2001
Tried to find this on Stoudts website, wasnt there, although the bottle definitely says Stoudts winter ale on it. Could be this years version of the holiday reserve, which changes style every year according to Stoudts website. Anyway this was a pretty good Spicy winter ale, great dark tannish brown color and creamy white head with lacing. Nice aroma, nothing too memorable. Kinda spicy, nutty and refreshing taste. A fairly good winter brew.

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