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RATINGS: 372   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.


3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RobertDale (3862) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - DEC 8, 2011
12 ounce bottle. Pours a clear reddish brown with a nice creamy biege head. Aroma of roasted malt and caramel. Taste is similar with just a bit of spice. Liked it for the small amount of spices. Good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis (3840) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nate (3800) - 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.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
Nuffield (3732) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsquire (3614) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2003
I had this on tap at the St. Paul airport. Dark amber color with a big root beer head and lots of lace and a sweet, grainy nose. Dark brown sugar sweetness and an almost roasty coffee bitterness in the finish. The alcohol seemed higher than the 5.9% listed.

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.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JAN 13, 2009
Tap at Axel’s Bonfire, Blaine, MN. Pours an average mahogany with a thin body. Aroma is thin spice (cinammon and nutmeg). Flavor is sour malt with a coppery vegetable film and a peachy finish. Average mouthfeel. Spring, hurry up.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rumproasts (3500) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 18, 2013
bottle. Light brown with small head. Medium malt and light hops. Drinkable, but not really going anywhere flavorwise.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CanIHave4Beers (3427) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - APR 22, 2009
One from the backlog. Pours a deep brownish red almost burgundy color with a nice tan head. The aroma is nutty yeasty and roasty with a light fruitiness. The flavor is roasty and a little chocolaty, mildly nutty with some good bitterness. Much better than I had remembered but not exciting per say.


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