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RATINGS: 96   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 23   EST. CALORIES: 183   ABV: 6.1%
• First brewed 1995
• Available November 1st to mid January
A ruby colored classic Scotch Ale made with crystal, Munich, smoked and special malts. No spices needed for this rich flavored brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
stangger (619) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2008
Dark, not quite black pour... Nose strong of caramel and alcohol. Taste is of the same. Too much of an alcohol taste for my liking, but not terrible.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 14, 2008
This tastey winter brew pours a nice cloudy amber colour with a small vanilla coloured head. nutty aroma, with a hint of caramel and cloves. another nice brew from Wachusett.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
changeup45 (1727) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - APR 13, 2008
Of the two winter beers I sampled tonight, this was far better than the other (Harpoon). Pours a nice amber color with a thick head and quite a bit of lacing. Very flavorful malty taste with lots of brown sugar notes in there. Relatively warming and quite smooth. There’s also some spice, with a slightly bitter finish. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 3, 2008
On tap @ Coles . Aroma of caramel, malt toffee and pit-fruit, ruby, wearing a small toffee head, some fine lace. Taste has a smoky malt, spices, red plum, apples, and humbugs. Medium to full bodied, nicely spiced, tongue tingling, warming, slightly sweet. Quite nice for the winter months. Thanks for Your help rudolph!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (10284) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2008
12oz bottle. Poured a deeper orange color with a reddish tint and a larger sized off white head. Aromas of toasted caramel, some cherries and berries, and nuts. Tastes of caramel, chocolate, cherries, and roast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - FEB 20, 2008
Draft at Hop Devil. Amber/brown with a sturdy head. Aroma is a ton of chocolate and cherry. The flavor is more cherry with a stinging hoppiness. Theres a very dry quality to it. Not too bad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BEERGUY007 (206) - Scotia, New York, USA - JAN 27, 2008
12 ounce bottle from Glenville beverage. The first thing that struck me about this one was the nutty aroma, very nice. Little head and little lace. Stored and served at 50 degrees. Malty, medium body, nice mouthfeel, ok balance.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alldaydrinker (559) - Norwood, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 15, 2008
12 oz bottle courtesy of cousin, thanks Marshall!! Pours a ruby hued amber colour with a small tan head that disapates quickly to a slight ring on the glass. Nose of sweet malts, toasted malts, red fruits are also lingering in the background, cherry being the most distinguishable. Initial taste is loaded with toasted malts and sweet malts trying to make there way in. Mid palate of mild red fruits. Finishing with a touch bitter hops and mild earthiness & spices. Palate duration is short. Medium body. Not bad but nothing outstanding either.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ron (3178) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 13, 2008
On tap at McGregor’s. Amber in color with a small white head. Sweet malt aroma,caramel,toasted malt,vanilla.Malty flavor with a slight amount of hops and a clean dry finish. Not as spicy as other Winter ales.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
wcampbell (721) - Clemson, South Carolina, USA - JAN 6, 2008
Pretty good. Medium bodied and flavorful. Nice caramel malt flavor with some cinnamon. Slightly sweet, with some hops and spiciness. Well balanced and easily drinkable.

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