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RATINGS: 379   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
b33r (772) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 4, 2007
Dark brown in color with small head. Faint aroma with good sweet malty flavor. Ok, but not really that "strong"

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2007
this was decent. But not very strong for a strong ale. decent bee, but would probably skip it for something else

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - FEB 3, 2007
Pours a dark brown, with a deep reddish or rust colored tint to it, capped by an inch or so of creamy tan foam. A mild aroma of earthy spice and malt. Smooth malt flavor and a wave of spice great you with the first sip. And every sip thereafter. A touch of hop bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied with smooth carbonation, it goes down pretty easily. And so did the second pint…

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocLock (8798) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2007
Draft from DRE. The pour was dark brown with minimal off-white head. Aroma of roasty caramel malt, some X-mas spices, brown sugar, mild dark chocolate. Tasted roasty caramel malty, with hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, and mild finishing hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kyzr (1188) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - JAN 27, 2007
Dark pour with off-brown head. Light hint of coffee. Up front has a toasted malt with a lot of carbination that is followed by a light touch of hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
entropy1049 (40) - Oxford, Iowa, USA - JAN 21, 2007
Dark with a short beige head...gone quickly. Smells mostly like coffee with a little roast malt. Well carbonated and not as thick as it looks; which strikes me as odd for a stout "winter ale".

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jj21 (84) - Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 17, 2007
Poured a deep Brown color, little-no head or lacing. Subtle roasted aroma, not overpowering as I expected. Very smooth for being as bitter as it is (If that makes any sense). Lingering spiceyness. Not too exciting, not much action. Very drinkable because of mellowness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 15, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2007 I don’t understand the coffee and chocalate references. I get none of that. This a better than average version of minty winter spice style that I do not care for much. Gets tiring quickly.

   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. I’d buy this one again.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
valpoaj (663) - 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 can’t 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.

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