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RATINGS: 350   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.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 3, 2002
Dark red color, no real head. A little chocolate flavor, a little spice. Nothing special.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - JAN 7, 2003
So my impression of this brewer is that they make very pretty brews where the loveliness tends to be skin deep. This one is remarkably unremarkable, save for the odd confluence of candy and burnt bark.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - DEC 2, 2003
Aroma: Kind of smells like cleaning supplies or rubbing alcohol with a bit of carmel and chocolate malts mixed in. Appearance: Dark brown, reddish with a small head. Flavor: Kind of watery, dry, and burnt tasting with slight chocolate and coffee flavors. Palate: Smooth with a bit of a harsh aftertaste, slightly carbonated like soda. Overall: Not very good wouldn't buy it again.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - SEP 7, 2004
Jay and i agreed that it smells like paste. Cola brown, thick body. Caramelly, scotchy, malty brew with hints of toffee and a very dry finish.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
PattyBoy (302) - North Liberty, Iowa, USA - JAN 25, 2005
Dark Brown, thin head. Flavor is sweet, raisins and plum, with a hint of roasts. Hops are slightly spicy. There are a few things going on in the beer, but they don’t seem to be working real well together. It was OK.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nate (3556) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
BlackForestCO (975) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - DEC 31, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2009 Poured from a bottle. Poured a deep brown color with ruby highlights and a thin light tan head. Aroma of chocolate, a hint of caramel, and some spice. Flavor begins with chocolate malt and some roastiness and then finishes with a tangy hint of spice, just like the commercial description says. A bit thin considering the style. A decent beer.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 15, 2008
(bottle): Pours a dark red color body. Average cream-colored head, somewhat diminishing. Malty aroma, some strawberry. Some hoppiness and English maltIness. Not a strong aroma. Hoppy dark chocolately malt taste. Some alcohol and some toffee. Okay body, somewhat watery. Very porterish/stouty taste and palate.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cavie (3672) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jstraw (1900) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2009
Clear dark red-amber with decent, creamy tan head / Modest sour malt, caramel, and dry hop nose / Light to medium body, watery, malts balancing the fair hoppy, dry finish / Flavors of dry hops and caramel / Mediocre.


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