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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.


2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hotstuff (4058) - Indiana, USA - DEC 18, 2003
A small sized tan head that creamy and smooth with fine-medium sized bubbles that completely diminished. The body was carbonated with a mahogany hue. The nose malty with some caramel notes. The flavor was malty and caramel as well with a smooth mouthfeel and it was a medium bodied beer with fair lacing.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
cheap (3943) - Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2006
Oh-oh, smells like an imperial or foreign stout with a caramel background, and I don’t like imperial or foreign stouts. 12 oz brown bottle with a twist off cap. I am a bit surprised that it pours very dark transparent in my steeler stein. A malty roasty initial flavor, perhaps even some hops in there. Very little carbonation. Yes, it is robust as the description says but there is no detail of this on the label, it is pretty much plain jane just mentioning winter ale. I think this is the first English Strong ale I’ve tasted. It is smooth but has a lingering undesirable interesting flavor on the finish, a little bitter. Try this if you like stouts.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 7, 2009
Clear mahogany with a slowly dissipating medium brown head. Aroma of caramel, lots of malt – toasted, roasted and sweet with the mildest of hops presence. Taste of caramel, mild chocolate , mild sugar, light chocolate and malt. Pretty devoid of flavor though it gets a bit better as it warms.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
travita (3845) - Frisco, Texas, USA - MAR 20, 2010
Brown to red in color with a beige colored head. The smell is caramel, fruits, cocoa, and slight roast. The taste is fruits, caramel, spices, and malts.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cavie (3748) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - NOV 10, 2009
Dark ruby red pour. Light aroma, might be too cold right now. I’ll revisit that in a tad. Taste has dark fruits upfront that finish with a dry, chalky feeling. Some light chocolate makes itself known but provides little change in the overall flavor. Taste gets increasingly dry as it goes on. Fruit has dark plum, easy citrus and bitter grapes. After quite an amount of time has passed, the aroma expands to a smelly grape must. Well didn’t get much better.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wlajwl (3746) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 14, 2011
Good malt complexity yet still not too unbalanced, a pretty good American Winter Warmer.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
Nuffield (3658) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 17, 2003
I had this side-by-side with the Slow Elk Oatmeal Stout and it was difficult to tell them apart--creamy, off-white head over a deep mahogany body, very attractive. Slight hop presence in the aroma, then very little of anything in the flavor. Creamy palate, rich carbonation, though a bit watery for a beer of this style and strength. Ultimately the absence of real flavor depth left me very disappointed.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nate (3636) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2006
Fruity aroma of apple and pear. Mild malt sweetness with an undertone of almost turned milk. Lactic apple cider from a distance. Dark reddish brown clear with thin off-white or light cocoa lacing head. Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation. Starts with some muted sweetness. Coffee and chocolate notes, a bit of caramel and licorice. As taste grows, starts to become a bit too sweet. Sugar and sticky anise, rootbeer. Mild to medium hops finish. Floral but not overly bitter. Mild smoky coffee finish and sweetish after. Very little spice but a bit of cocoa.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 22, 2005
Draught at Isabella’s in Dubuque, IA. Clear dark dark brown. Smells mostly of brown sugar and alcohol. These come out again in the flavor along with black licorice. Moderately carbonated. Oily mouth fell.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 16, 2004
On tap athe Crescent Moon Alehouse. This is another surprisingly pleasant ale from Summit. Dark amber brown ale with a fleeting beige head. Mild aroma of chocolate and caramel. Nutty malt aroma and flavor. I get no spices discernable at all. A good session beer for a winter ale.


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