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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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mar (4766) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 7, 2010
deep chocolate brown with a cream head. chocolate, sweet malts, caramel, and not much else. nice palate, flavor is slight roasted malts, chocolate, and caramel with a slightly bitter finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4763) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2006
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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
EithCubes (4699) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 4, 2014
Bottle. Nose deep in dark caramel and toffee, very earthy, brown malt with wood and faint spice. Pours beautiful mahogany brown with an ephemeral tan head. Carbonation firm in the medium body, light tang and bitterness, some smoky/ashen character in with the nutty and fudgy/earthy malts. Lightly sweet with a faintly herbal touch, and there’s a great balance struck here between all the elements.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
nimbleprop (4531) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 22, 2011
12oz bottle pours a translucent, copper amber with some wispy white head. Nose is mild, wet malt. Flavor is sweet, metallic, malty, sweet, light bread. Watery finish.

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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
badgerben (4385) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 27, 2003
Dark brown color. Taste contains a little wood and some spices. Transports you to a little cabin in the Northwoods by the fire. Very fine.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JK (4349) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 2, 2003
UPDATED: APR 17, 2011 The best thing about this beer is the color; black with some red. Mild aroma of hops. Uninteresting flavor of a standard bitter with a poorly done sweet malt in the finish. There is no way this should be called an English Strong Ale.----Rerate April 2011. This beer has improved considerably. Still a black beer, but now there are good aromas of roasted malt and a fair amount of hops. I would probably call it a porter, but the palate, aroma, and flavor are now much better than they were a few years ago. score increased.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - APR 7, 2007
Poured a clear deep chestnut color with a thin off-white head. Strong caramel malt aroma with some frutiness. Light sugary notes and some chocolate. Full malty flavor with notes of caramel and cola. Hint of hops and a fruity finish. Medium bodied.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (4268) - 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.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
nick76 (4170) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 13, 2009
The aroma is very toasted and almost smokey with coffee, toffee, and a touch of spice. The appearance is dark red brown with a foamy head. The flavor is like the aroma but too tangy and acidic. The palate is average for the style. Overall its OK but not that good.


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