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RATINGS: 350   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 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
illiniphil (122) - Nashotah, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2012
Pours a medium brown with a nice tan head. Taste of roasted malt, caramel, mild chocolate, rye and hops. Nice flavor and easy to drink. Try it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mothman (120) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 18, 2010
Poured a 12oz bottle into Sam Adams sensory glass. Pours a nice creamy, tan head. That leaves a decent amount of lace. Color is a dark ruby red, I was able to see through it just a little bit. The aroma is of a combination of hot chocolate and floral hops. Taste is of tasted chocolate and nuts. The floral hops make their presence known as well. Mouthfeel is very smooth at first, then turns bitter from the hops. Leaves a slight dry feeling in mouth as well. Overall, this was a great beer and at the price, you canít go wrong. I would suggest you at least give this one a shot. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 11-27-2008 02:05:11

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FUNK (120) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2001
a pretty good beer that has an odd after taste that sneaks up on you.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tekhna (118) - California, USA - DEC 23, 2009
Not too bad at all. Not sure quite what an "English Strong Ale" is-almost sort of to a Porter but not quite? Most of the way there on the malts but not quite. Tasty, sessionable. Ok.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
steeleliver (116) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 21, 2012
Pour moderate brown, a bit darker than most ales, with a finger to two of light brown head. Taste is of roasted malt with a tinge of hops and spices. Palate is that of an ale, no extra thickness for winter. A consistent beer, no suprises, pleasant. Worth trying, but I wouldnít drink more than one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Elizavyeta (110) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 8, 2007
An airy, frothy head with a dark and somewhat coffee-like appearance has a light and toasty aroma. While the flavor tends a bit on the dry, somewhat flat side, there are undeniable hints of dark chocolate, malt, and oats. Best as a warm-you-up beer alongside a sharp cheddar.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jbean (110) - Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2008
Drught at pub in Ida Noyes. Pours dark brown with nice tan head. Aroma is coffee, caramel. Flavor is coffee, nutty and roast, very sweet. Seems a little out of balance and a bit thin. Nothing special but goes down easy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stephenj007 (106) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 24, 2009
Bottle pour was deep brown in color, clear in appearance, with a thin, tan head. Mild carbonation. Aromas are strong: coffee, chocolate, heavy roasted malts. Tastes of dark, smoky tobacco malts, some sweet toffee, and a hint of fruit. Finishes with a slight hops wash, hint of alcohol, and full lingering flavors. A decent winter brew, nice way to finish the evening.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
lweiberg (106) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
lukedarock (103) - Howell, Michigan, USA - FEB 9, 2014
This is a great lil winter ale especially for the price, sweet malts slightly bitter pine/spruce flavor comes through nicely will finish my six pack fast!

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