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RATINGS: 361   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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This unique seasonal beer offers the warmth of an old English pub to help ward off the chill of a winterís night. It has its origins in British neighborhood pubs where villagers would gather to shake off the damp cold of the bitter English winter. Theyíd share a pint or two of winter warmer ale by the fire, catch up on local gossip, and stay inside, where it was warm. Weíve brewed our version in the tradition of those winter ales, with a robust, full-bodied flavor and a tangy hint of spices.


3.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
POD (198) - USA - JAN 15, 2007
Bottled. This was the best tasting beer in my seasonal beer sampler that I purchased from World Market. Rich dark brow ale with slight tan head. No big aroma. Flavor was like a watery chocolate stout. Lots of cocoa throughout and very dry "cooking chocolate" aftertaste. Iíd buy this one again.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
valpoaj (635) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - JAN 14, 2007
Opaque reddish-brown pour with a slowly dissolving off-white head. Somewhat lacking in aroma, some hints of coffee are evident, and these coffee tones become obvious as soon as the beer hits the tongue. There is a somewhat sweet finish that I canít put my finger on, but it gives the beer a nice complexity. Overall, this was a very pleasant ale, assuming you are not adverse to coffee flavored brews.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrnkMcDermott (2822) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JAN 8, 2007
Bottled. Opens and pours with a nice warm malty smell. Deep brown body, thin tan head. For its color, a closer sniff brings up a suprising whiff of porter type cooffee roast malts. And yup, a deep coffee roast in the tast. Drinks a heck of a lot like a porter. Then some honey seems to pop in, and then a bit of light spicing, more in the sage or allspice range (but then my miserable score on the Floosmoor 12 Days shows I canít be judging spices). Off-style carbonation is a detraction, but otherwise, itís a very good commercial beer.

2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
lweiberg (115) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 3, 2007
I donít know if itís just my preference in general, but I canít stand the taste of coffee so I could barely tolerate this beer, although there was some charm to it because it tasted different than what Iím used to but I think if I try any more English Strong Ales Iíll go with a higher scored brand to see if I just dislike the style in general.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MattShizzle (542) - Bernville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2006
Bottle. Very dark. Good - pretty sweet with plenty of crystal malt flavor. Somewhat rich flavor.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Juelze (1139) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 31, 2006
Pours a dark brown color with thick, frothy, tan head. Aroma is very mild with sweet malt, coffee and light chocolate. Taste is much the same but everything is way too muted and boring.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 25, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2007 Pours dark reddish amber with a fully receding beige head. Aroma of dark crystal malt, rye bread, toffee, and cookie. Taste is sweet crystal malt, chocolate, and brown malt. Mouthfeel is medium/full bodied with soft carbonation. Soft and sweet with nice maltiness.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ratman197 (10106) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 24, 2006
Bottle poured a clear dark brown with a small diminishing tan head. Aromas of coffee, bakers chocolate, roasted malt and nuts. Palate was medium bodied. Flavors of coffee, roasted malt, nuts and a hint of cocoa with a lingering bitter finish.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 14, 2006
This beer poured a dark reddish-brown. There was a light tan head which was retained well. This beer smelled faintly of dark malt and coffee. When I took a sip, I got faint coffee notes with an aftertaste of chocolate. It is a bit subtle, but quite pleasant. Mouthfeel of this beer is (like the taste) understated. It isnít watery; its substantial without being overly sticky. Drinkability is OK; Iíd have another two of these.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Stine (1624) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2006
On tap at the Happy Gnome. Deep chocolate brown in color with a lightly tan head of foam. Nose is mildly fruity and semi-sweet chocolate. More chocolate and some cinnamon in the flavor, with tart red fruits. Creamy mouthfeel with a prickly touch and slight roasty finish. All in all though itís unexciting stuff, a grocery store brand english strong ale.


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