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RATINGS: 362   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
illiniphil (131) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Baumgartner (122) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 13, 2010
bottle poured to glass. Deep red to almost brown brew with small tan head. NIce, creamy off-white head. roasty caramel notes. over all a ok winter brew. not spiced

   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 can’t 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
steeleliver (120) - 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 wouldn’t drink more than one.

   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 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MartinVanBeer (116) - Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA - OCT 29, 2014
Thin white head and a surprisingly dark pour. Smells toasty and a little bit of root beer. Some coffee and licorice notes. Pretty foamy in the mouth. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
lweiberg (115) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 3, 2007
I don’t know if it’s just my preference in general, but I can’t 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 I’m used to but I think if I try any more English Strong Ales I’ll go with a higher scored brand to see if I just dislike the style in general.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stephenj007 (112) - 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 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.

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