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RATINGS: 353   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   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.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ratman197 (9454) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 21, 2009
12 ounce bottle. Pours a reddish brown color with a medium head. Decent head retention and lacing. Slightly nutty and earthy aroma with big brown sugar notes. Taste is brown sugar, caramel and subtle bitter hops in the finish. Medium bodied.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (7861) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 1, 2003
Tasted before Rogue Santa's Private Reserve, and it lost that battle. It is nice, but different than most other winter ales... resembling an average stout or porter actually. Smokey hop flavor with a more wood-like aroma. Goes sweet over the tongue, has some maple and vanilla, and is quite abrasive and dry. Bland finish... almost fishy in the burps... stouty is what I wrote down... maybe should be a smoked porter.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocLock (7703) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dogbrick (7586) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 13, 2006
On tap at Lazy Chameleon in Powell, OH. Clear dark reddish brown with a thin beige head and decent lacing. Nutmeg and malt aroma. Medium-bodied with sweet malt and caramel flavors, and some spices as well. Pretty tasty but the flavor is very short-lived. The finish is roasted malt with a bitter follow-through. Above average, however nothing really makes this beer stand out in the sea of similar winter ales.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 7, 2005
Pours a deep dark brown with a thick, forthy and nicely-lacing tan head. Nice rich toasty caramel toffee aroma has a touch of noble hops and some milk chocolate complexity. Body starts with good viscosity, nice, lightly sweet, full caramel maltiness and a smooth, lightly bitter dark chocolatey finish. A very nice and enjoyable winter warmer. Probably the best beer I’ve had from Summit yet.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Ughsmash (7092) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 5, 2007
2006 bottle. Poured a clear, darker reddish-brown with a beige head that quickly recedes to a ring. Aroma starts off nice with some chocolatey notes... devolving to less-desirable notes of baby poo and garbage... really odd transition... some sharper spices are buried, appearing intermittently. Flavor was rather ugly with veggie mash-infused semi-sweet chocolate, dry yet sticky sharp spices, and some floral hoppage. Tacky on the palate, strategically trapping unpleasant flavors where my best taste buds lie.. spicy warmer finish. This beer was just a mess.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
crossovert (6941) - Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2013
Red color. Frothy tannish head. SMell is dominated by english ale yeast. Flavor is fruity definte yeast character, custard, dark fruit. INteresting but ultimately not my thing.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (6143) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 4, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2006 2006 Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy/fizzy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is dark amber. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted nuts, roasted grain), lightly yeasty (dough). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Boring but ok.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6042) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAR 9, 2007
Bottle (12oz). 20th anniversary edition 2006. Very deep clear ruby, smallish tan fizzy/creamy head. Like a spicy porter - moderate coffee/chocolate roast malt, spice, plenty of cereal grain, some floral hops. The taste follows, very mild, some raisin notes with the cereal grain, muted roast malt, slight cocoa bitterness in the quick finish. Average, slightly chewy body, dry and a touch astringent, weak carbonation, quick finish but a slightly dry cocoa powder aftertaste. Quite good - more a full-bodied brown ale than an English strong (there’s really no alcohol character here at all) - but a very nice winter beer indeed.


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