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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.


3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
auerbrau (3164) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - MAR 1, 2005
Deep dark brown pour. Nice off-white head, quickly diminished. Average lacing. Only light wafts of malt, practically no aroma. May be due to temperature (cold) of brew. Ultra caramel and burnt sugar. Like a luscious dulce de leche. Wonderful burnt malt. Very sweet, rich, and smooth. Flavor seemed a little off and eggy to me, like the tap was bad.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerman (8) - Monticello, North Dakota, USA - FEB 23, 2005 does not count
Got a keg of this and brought it to the cabin. It was a great drunk fest. Good dark brown to black beer color. Tan head. overall great

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
PattyBoy (302) - North Liberty, Iowa, USA - JAN 25, 2005
Dark Brown, thin head. Flavor is sweet, raisins and plum, with a hint of roasts. Hops are slightly spicy. There are a few things going on in the beer, but they don’t seem to be working real well together. It was OK.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 27, 2004
12 oz bottle. Very dark root beer complection to this still, heavy-looking liquid with a thin, lasting head; sweet, Christmas-spicy nose of allspice, anise and nutmeg...fairly dry body, tarry and full of dark licorice and hints of chocolate...bitter, somewhat acidic dry finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - DEC 24, 2004
12oz bottle. BBD Mar 04. Well, if I’d have noticed the neck imprinted "enjoy by" date I wouldn’t have bought it, but as it was, this was one of the more interesting bottles available in Brookings, SD where I marooned for 5 days working. Mahogony with quickly dying head. Not much aroma, maybe some slight roasty smell. Decent body, slightly sweet with balancing dark malts and hops. Pretty mild overall in flavor, but a good body and solid malt make it enjoyable. But why does it seem like so many of the "winter" beers taste like this?? Redhook, Odell’s, Breckenridge, Summit, they are all about the same to me.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rajendra82 (949) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - DEC 11, 2004
Dark reddish brown body was clear and porter-ish , and the head very small and fleeting. The smell was that of powdered cocoa, roasted and burnt grains, and faint grassy hops. The taste was as anticipated, with chocolate, weak coffee, dark skinned fruits, brown sugar, and roasted cracked grains. Mouthfeel was medium-thin, and the aftertaste was slightly sticky. A decent porter released for the season where it is appropriate.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 2, 2004
Why in the heck don’t these brewer’s talk to me before they go calling a beer "An English Strong Ale", wait don’t answer that! This is a good beer, but I think it taste more like a porter than a strong ale. Dark brown color, very little head to speak of. Aroma of chocolate, slight smoke and lots of sweetness(like figs or brown sugar). Flavor has some spice, maybe cinnamon and sweet. Watery body. Ever so slight english hop fix on the finish followed by lots and lots of sweet chocolate.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2004
Best enjoyed on tap, the open hops seem to approach the polecat in the bottle. Dark consistent color with a touch of burgundy. Medium pace across the palate, and a mid-decibel finish create a brew fit for IPA fans and porters alike. Not a rock star, but a pleasant performer nonetheless: the ticket price is rather fair for the show.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3167) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 18, 2004
Deep red wine appearance, topped by a thin tan head. Dry, toasty aroma with chocolate notes. Toasty, chocolatey body with woody tannins that hint at dark fruits that never quite develop, although there is a red grapeskin characteristic to this beer. Aha! This is very, very similar to New Holland Dragon’s Milk, as a bubblegum sweetness develops as the beer warms. Me likey.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - NOV 18, 2004
Nice large fluffy head, dark in colour, with great lacing. The aroma is a bit thin, mostly made up of malts, maybe a bit of chocolate. The body was a bit thinner than I prefer and the taste was a tad watered down. But it was pretty good overall.


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