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RATINGS: 94   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 183   ABV: 6.1%
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• 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.
23 IBUs

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Radek Kliber (6386) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JAN 29, 2009
Bottle 355ml
Appearance: clear. Dark amber going into light brown. Mid slightly tanned head. 3+
Nose: sweet amber malt nose, slight touch of caramel 6+
Flavor/Palate :Full bodied. Rich yet fluffy lightness on palate. Soft maltiness with not to sweet caramel sides. Slight sweeter bark woody hints. Quiet drinkable . Sticky finish with slight warmth followed. Decent winter sample.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 8, 2006
Pours copper with a thin but stubborn white head. Smells of caramel, yogurt, nutmeg, some other undistiguishable winter spices, ,ellow hops. Taste is nutty with some pine notes and a weird maple sugar aftertaste. Tastes like one of those toss in everything but the kitchen sink beers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KyotoLefty (6273) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 14, 2009
Bottle. Medium amber-brown with a good, fine head. Amber malt and yeast aroma, slightly earthy, a bit of caramel and raisins. Very well roasted amber malt. A touch sweet, but primarily dry. A touch of chocolate, with grass and earth, dried fruit. Dry, roasted finish with some hops. Very nice and well-balanced. Not really special, though, and not especially winter-ish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere (6125) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6064) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - NOV 30, 2006
Bottle (12oz). Deep clear brick red, small frothy off-white head. Rich nutty, chocolate-toffee malt aroma, some floral hops, mahogany shavings and mild spices. Very nice lightly chocolate sweet malt taste, with some woody lightly herbal hops adding a much-needed bitter edge to the full-on sweet malt finish - very much like a nice scotch ale - the alcohol is decidedly not aggressive, but my ears started warming after the second sip. Decent body, light nutshell bitterness/astringency, moderately alcoholic body, soft, medium-length finish - very nice winter beer, I may buy more next time I’m in Buffalo.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blipp (5973) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - DEC 24, 2008
Bottle. Pours red amber with an off white head. Sweet malty aroma with some berry like fruit. The flavor is similar to the aroma, a bit boring, but inoffensive. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
swoopjones (5726) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 20, 2007
On tap @ Coles Buffalo NY. Reddish brown pour. Some caramel, smoke, alcohol. Medium body. Decent but Ive had better winter warmers

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 16, 2008
Bottle. Pours a mahogany body. Sweet and malty, with a note of wood and apple. Dry fruit and malt. Light woodiness, simple with a dry finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 28, 2007
12 oz bottle. Pours clear med amber with a think head and nice lace. Aroma is roasted nuts, toasty malts, ligth plastic and rubber off aroma and burning electrical cords with some pine hints. Flavor is roast a bit of burning, ligth sweetness, caramel and honey hints, matchstick and some sulfur off flavors. Harsh solventy mouthfeel. Something went wrong here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
notalush (4823) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 25, 2009
Thanks to JoeMcPhee for sharing - slightly hazy amber beer - smells semi-tart, with undercurrents of wintery spices and cherries - the taste is much the same - a little tart up front, followed by a moderately sticky caramel sweetness - a little bit of gingerbread flavor - finishes a little grainy on the tail end - decent, but I question the style designation.

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