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RATINGS: 355   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 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.


2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - NOV 10, 2006
Bottle from the Blue Max. Most of their beers hava a much larger hop blast and this was a major let down. Virtually no flavor at all. I did get a bit of toffee and a bit of what could have been dark fruit. A bummer for sure.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
islay (1125) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 4, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2006 20th Anniversary (2006) bottle. This beer has a strong, sweet, floral aroma that is quite pleasing. It pours a lovely dark brown, with a classic beige/tan head. The flavor is bitter and coffee-like, with just the right touch of sweetness. There is a good but not particularly strong aftertaste. It is clean and crisp going down the throat, more like a lager than an ale. This beer improves upon multiple tastings. It isn’t utterly spectacular, but it is another very nice production by a reliable Minnesota brewery. Re-rated after tasting on tap. Flavor dropped from 8 to 7.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CigarsLoveBeer (153) - Illinois, USA - NOV 3, 2006
Bottle: Tan head that my girlfriend described as looking like lake foam. Dark amber color. Very malty aroma. The taste could have stood more complexity, heavy on the raisin and malt flavors with some citus mixed in. Liked the level of hops at the end. Finish was long and wonderful, and the body on this beer full, and for me these factors helped compensate for a somewhat uneventful taste.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 2, 2006
Pours dark dark brown with a thin head. Aroma of roasted malt with citrusy hops in the background. Nice mouth feel, flavor seems subdued.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4918) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2006
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a mahogany color with a large tan head. The aroma is strong molasses and nutmeg. The flavor is roasty malts, molasses, hints of dry chocolate and nutmeg. The finish is long and mildly bitter. Tasty.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
holdenn (2080) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 24, 2006
12 oz bottle pours a brownish black with a small head. Good carmel malt doughy and toasted but citrusy aroma. Bready flavors are dominant, medium bodied, carmel and toffee contrasted with a citrussy hops and spices. Surpisingly tasty.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
mikeben (355) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JUN 5, 2006
This ok but too biter for me. I found it a little hard to drink though I liked its coffee notes. Just too hoppy.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 1, 2006
Pours very dark brown with inner ruby hints, contrasted nicely by stark white head. I love this color combo more than almost anything, for some reason. Smooth mouthfeel, somewhat light body. Toasty with only a hint of a wintery dark fruitiness and spices.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2006
light brown with a tan head. not too much in the aroma. slightly roasty toast aroma. flavor is a bit weak. mostly sweet roasted malt. body seems a bit light and the finish is slightly watery. not a horrible beer but nothing great.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dkoonce (911) - People’s Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - MAR 10, 2006
Dark brown with a dark tan head that holds for awhile. The aroma is rich malt with caramel and citrus. The body is heavy with a sweet rich flavor that lingers. The finish is a bit sour, when the sweetness finally fades.


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