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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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
travita (4783) - Dallas, 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
muzzlehatch (4420) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (4406) - Michigan, USA - JUN 27, 2013
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 3/19/2013. Pours moderately cloudy reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of caramel, toffee, toast, biscuit, nuttiness, chocolate, light roast, brown bread, light raisin, light floral, and toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark and nutty malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big caramel, toffee, chocolate, toast, biscuit, nuttiness, brown bread, light roast, light floral, and toasted earthiness. Light earthy spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, toast, chocolate, brown bread, light roast, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of dark and nutty malt notes; with very nice robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice winter warmer style. All around nice balance and robustness of dark/nutty malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. Really enjoyed this one.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
nick76 (4368) - 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.

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.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cavie (4222) - Arlington, 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsquire (4097) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nate (4022) - 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 (4020) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
ads135 (4011) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 2, 2016
A mild winter ale. The spice is understated, a little bit of cinnamon and nutmeg, but mostly just Bready malts.


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