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RATINGS: 267   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (7502) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2009
Draft at Capone’s that I growlered and am now sampling fresh along with my notes from the sample I had there. Pours deep blackish with a bit of dark brown at the bottom tip of the tulip glass and 1-finger of off-khaki head. Nose is rich roasty malt, dark choc, molasses, earthy, nutty. Tastes malty, a bit sweet, with dark choc, some figgy fruit, mild earthy, peaty, and nutty hints. Smooth finish. Very nice.
Earlier Rating: 11/9/2004 Total Score: 4
I’ve had both the bottled and draft versions. This one pours deep amber with ruby menisci and a creamy, white head. Aroma of malt, toffee, some hops and cabernet. Tastes rich, malty, with toffee/caramel, almonds, and cognac. Firm, slightly dry palate with a well balanced finish. One of the better "winter ales" I’ve had.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slipstream (1932) - USA - APR 18, 2009
UPDATED: APR 21, 2009 On tap at Capone’s near Philly, where it was called a mild porter. Fully smoked flavor, with some sweetness followed by dry, tingly hops. Very enjoyable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2009
Bottle. Aroma of roast malts chocolate and coffee. Pours a dark brown almost black tan head. Flavor is roast and toasted malts. Coffee and chocolate notes. Palate is medium full and has bitter finish. Overall, it’s a solid brew that for some reason always ends up in the bargain area of my local, I always look forward to stocking up.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
smith4498 (2910) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAR 28, 2009
Pours dark brown with tan head. Lots of chocolate aroma with some toasted malts. Flavors of chocolate, roasted malts and a bitter finish. Medium body with moderate carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pumpmaster (1091) - Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA - MAR 22, 2009
12 ounce bottle purchased at Total Wine Pembroke Pines, FL for $1.99 Very good.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeremytoni (2926) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - MAR 20, 2009
From a bottle poured brown with a good amount of head. Nice dark malty flavor with a lasting finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
patrick767 (3402) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 14, 2009
bottle - Pours near black with a one finger light tan head. it smells of roast malt and milk chocolate. The flavor is of sweet roast malt and some light chocolate with mild hops and toasted malt lingering in the finish. Is it a stout or a porter or in some ways it put me in mind of a schwarzbier? Whatever, it won’t blow you away, but it’s a tasty brew nonetheless.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (11798) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 27, 2009
Very dark. Spicy, earthy, coffee nose with some liquorice. The body is a little light with light coffee character. Faint earthy and nuttiness late.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beershine (5195) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2009
Pours thick brown-black with small tan head. Lovely roasted malt aromas. Complexity from blackberry beneath a bed of dark chocolate and pleasant asphalt. Nice toastiness. Medium bodied, earthy, drinkable but full of roasted malt flavors and a hint of spice almost like cinnamon or cassia.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (8540) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 21, 2009
From Total Wine. Black pour, white head. Aroma has lots of chocolate, dark fruits, some spices and roasted malt. Flavor is pretty ncie with chocolate ntoes, spices and some caramel. Pretty good!


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