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RATINGS: 377   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
This unique seasonal beer offers the warmth of an old English pub to help ward off the chill of a winter’s night. It has its origins in British neighborhood pubs where villagers would gather to shake off the damp cold of the bitter English winter. They’d share a pint or two of winter warmer ale by the fire, catch up on local gossip, and stay inside, where it was warm. We’ve brewed our version in the tradition of those winter ales, with a robust, full-bodied flavor and a tangy hint of spices.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jhamp9 (1317) - Corinth, Texas, USA - MAR 14, 2012
Pours a dark reddish brown with a tan head that quickly fades to a ring. Streaky lacing. Aroma is nutty with some smokiness to it. Taste is wood, roasted malts, and some sweetness but a bit thin. Not bad overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Frank (3469) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2012
This pours a red brown color w/ a small head of fine bubbles. Overall, this is a subdued and relatively malty ale somewhat reminiscent of a strong bitter or maybe a less roasty brown ale. Nose is just a touch of roast malt and sweetness and a very mild tartness imply cherries and fruit once it is tasted. Full bodied w/ gentle carbonation, this feels like it is meant for moderate paced enjoyment and would go great w/ food. Pretty tasty beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - FEB 10, 2012
12oz bottle from Pick’s poured into an English Pint. Pours black with a half finger of off-white head. Aroma of coffee, caramel and roasty malt. Taste is light bitter. Coffee and caramel. Medium bodied with a somewhat thin texture. Lively carbonation and a long coffee finish. Overall, I’m digging this beer. Great for tonight when it’s a solid 15 degrees outside.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wilnatp (639) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 3, 2012
TAP. Dark, brownish red pour. Hops, coffee, chocolate, malt flavors come through in this drinkable winter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - JAN 28, 2012
Dark copper brown with a creamy off white head. Malty caramel and roasted grain aroma and taste. Meh.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 27, 2012
THOUGHTS: Nice. Better than I was expecting. A little bit all over the map, but not in a bad way. Fairly British. Tons of flavor and complexity in a fairly low ABV beer. Very nice. I could see myself drinking this in after shoveling out of a big snowstorm. They should really do a better job describing this one on the label. I almost passe up a great beer because it seemed unexciting in name and had no description. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a very dark red that was basically black in the glass with a small, off-white head that mostly diminished. The aroma had moderate to heavy roasted and nutty malts, caramel, molasses, and coffee; lighter chocolate; raisin; plum; cherry; toffee; brown sugar; a little fruitcake; hints of vanilla; ever so slight vinegar; hints of some sort of spice toward the end and hints of Baileys Irish Cream. The initial flavor was moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter and slightly sour; while the finish was moderately sweet, light to mod bitter and lightly sour. There was caramel, cherry, a little chocolate, hints of coffee, toffee, prune, plum, roasted malt, slight hops that were just enough to balance things out. The medium body was a bit oily and then dry with rather fizzy carbonation and a slightly astringent finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MOboy (505) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JAN 25, 2012
Dark brown, medium lacing, strong, malty aroma and firm body good malt flavor wkth slight roast.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
emeinz (220) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 4, 2012
Bottle to glass. Brown pour with small white head. Lots of caramel and toasty notes with some roastiness as well. A bit of cocoa also. Full bodied beer with a nice long finish. Also pick up hints of the spices as well. A pretty good winter beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2011
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of malt, caramel, toasting, and toffee. Poured deep amber/light brown in color with a large, creamy, dense, brown head that greatly diminished but lasted throughout as a film on top of the beer, as well as around the edges. Clear. Some medium and large-sized particles throughout. Very good lacing. Flavor is lightly sweet. Tastes of malt, slight cocoa, slight chocolate, light caramel, and a hint of wood. Medium body. Slightly dry, slightly chalky texture. Average carbonation. Malt, cocoa, caramel finish is slightly dry and slightly chalky.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
triguy84 (235) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 21, 2011
On cask. Pour opaque dark brown with a thin head that lasts. Moderate malt aroma, other aromas but can?t nail down. Wonderful malt flavor, some roast, caramel, hints of juniper. Medium-heavy body, light hop bitterness. I?m not getting the spices, just me. I?d try it again.

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