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RATINGS: 386   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AmEricanbrew (6656) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JUN 23, 2011
Clear copper color/ light tan head. Toasted caramel, nutty, dark fruit aromas. medium bodied. Nutty, spicy toasted caramel, dark fruit flavors are lightly sweet--good.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6536) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2015 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.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
blutt59 (6469) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 19, 2010
Bottle, dark brown pour with wispy tan foam, aromas and flavor of weak roast, chocolate, some figs, finish is watery

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis (6446) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 31, 2014
Bottle. Pours clear rich chestnut, medium creamy tan head, dissipates slowly, good lacing. Aroma is malty and nutty, dark breads and a bit of smoke. Flavor is similar, medium sweet, light bitter, a bit smoky, nutty, pumpernickel, molasses, touch of orange zest. Medium body, low acidity and a bit creamy in the mouth. Solid beer.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6374) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Braudog (6247) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - JAN 18, 2004
On tap in the MSP airport. Tan head on a black beer. Vaguely roasted aroma followed by stark toasty flavors with a coffee-bittered finish. Smooth.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thirdeye11 (6019) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 7, 2010
(12oz bottle) pours medium brown, decent head and lacing. Nose of nuts, cream and brown sugar. Taste of roasted malt, nuts, and toasted sugar. Body is medium thick and quite roasty.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Patrickctenchi (5855) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - AUG 18, 2014
Bottle: Deep, rubied-brown with a creamy tan head. Caramel, chocolate, rich nut aroma. Molasses, blackberry jam, caramel/chocolate malt flavor. A bit of spice and cola. A very nice, mild bodied strong ale.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
kramer (5770) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2013
Bottle. Pours a clear dark amber brown body with a small fizzy off-white head that faded to a wispy thin covering. The nose is dry and toasted malt with just a light English hoppiness. A little fruitiness from the yeast, and a touch of chocolate malt. The flavor is dry as well with toasted and grainy malt and just a light touch of bitterness on the finish. There’s not a whole lot of complexity or subtlety to this beer, it’s rather straightforward and unexciting. Medium bodied with a heaviness on the palate that makes it a bit tiring. Moderate fizzy carbonation level. Not a bad beer, but not one that excites me to the least.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (5692) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 20, 2009
12oz shorty bottle. Deep brown-red-black with a big beige head. Dark sweet malt and maybe a touch of cinnamon in the aroma. Pretty nice actually. certainly not unlike Anchor OSA stylistically. The thick, sweet malt tones balance perfectly with the hops and spices. On the lighter side of full bodied, drinkable but full of depth and flavor as well. Really a tasty and respectable beer.


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