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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldGrowth (3005) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - DEC 12, 2004
Bottle, from Julio’s. Ok nose, apple,cardboard,carmel,cherry, nutty.NIce clean orangy red color. No head.Sweet bitter flavors Carmel, little cocoa, applecider, little burnt/roasty thing. Medium bodied, creamy/oily mouthfeel, roasted bitter finish. NIcely done from Wachusett. Flavor got better as it warmed.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (8736) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 20, 2004
(1-year-old bottle) : Fondly nourishing tart apple syrup fondling maple syrup and earthy roastiness...This decadently euphoriant perfume harbors definite barley wine qualities but disappoints once tasted in that it doesn’t render the heavy mellowness and serene dessert tones it had promised...Fruitiness within is tired and complexity almost vanishes...I have to return to this in a fresh format just in case the aroma actually carries through...That would be a stunning beer...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cfranz (261) - Acton, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 19, 2004
nice body and colour with a creamy head. Spicy and fruity, not unlike a good fruitcake.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 16, 2004
Caramel, yeast and plenty of fruit in an aroma that is nice and spicy. Syrup, fruity, hoppy - almost barleywine-like. Burnished copper coloured with tan head that recedes to ring. Flavour unfortunately does not live up to the aroma - strong, bitter orange, light roastiness but somehow flat. There’s no peaks or valleys. Mouthfeel is still and plain. Probably best enjoyed fresh. One year old bottle enjoyed with MartinT and Rastacouere.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6162) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 15, 2004
Nice bottle-conditioned appearance with a big depot at the bottom of an orange-amber hue mounted by a light off-white head. Piercing fruit salad aroma. Totally unexpected vinous grapes and fresh orangesand mango soaked in berry juice. Add a mild alcohol kick to it and you get the picture. As rich a fruity profile as almost any other beer. Sadly, once again, the taste didn’t live up to the anticipations created by the nose. It feels a bit stale, less fruity than the aroma, not so intense with flavors that don’t interact and is ultimately cloying. Thin-medium body seems a bit tired despite a soft carbonation. At one year old, this feels a lot older.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GeniusGirl (221) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 10, 2004
tap. nice rich garnet/amber hue... aroma has hints of cocoa, caramel, malts... the sweetness os balanced by smokey undertones... much better than i expected... i’ll be trying it again this holiday season

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - FEB 25, 2004
12 oz bottle. Medium-to-dark coppery complexion, smallish lasting French vanilla head. Simple but eloquent, powerful caramel nose; stunning malted-milk texture that sets off the simple, earthy sweet flavors and the dollop of finishing hops that keep the soft beer from becoming too mushy. Plummy, with hints of vanilla and cinnamon, but subtly done. So drinkable, so delcious, oh how I wish I'd bought more than one. Totally saves my opinion of this brewery; spectacular.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 7, 2004
amber in color with a small white head. Sweet malt aroma,caramel,toasted malt,vanilla.Malty flavor with a lingering sublte hop character and a clean dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NateDawg (12) - Arlington, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 24, 2003
Big malt, light hops and none of the usual pumpkin/ginger/nutmeg nonsense that brewers love putting in their winter offerings. The color is a deep rich ruby red that almost seems iridescent (sp?) when held up to the light. Heaps of caramel malt predominate with enough carbonation and hop bitterness to keep the beer a well-balanced and great tasing winter beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MaBeer1972 (1562) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 20, 2003
On-tap. This is a nice rich amber colored brew with plenty of malt character. The middle is a tad sweet and the finish is rather bitter and dry. One of the better ones from this Brewer.

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