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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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ron (3587) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beastiefan2k (3548) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - DEC 31, 2006
12 oz bottle. Pours with a small head. Aroma is mainly made up of beavy british biscuit with a slight background of spices (cinamon and nutmeg). Taste has some malt sweetess with slight spices, very low hopped, low bitterness. Average mouthfeel and a sold medium body. A very nice beer from these brewers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldGrowth (3243) - 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerdedone (3228) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2009
Bottle. Pours a dark amber with a small off-white head. Aroma of sweet malts, caramel, roast, and some nuttyness. Flavor was slightly sweet with toasted malts, caramel sweetness a touch of chocolate and a hint of smoke with a medium body and a hoppy dry finish.

   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 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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 12, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2003 Drink this all winter long. Sweet, malty aroma, clear orange with a nice head. Fizzy mouthfeel, lackluster ending.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2589) - California, USA - NOV 26, 2006
Dark amber, large head. Aroma is English malts with caramel, earth and fruit. Medium bodied with a high carbonation. Not my favorite, but not bad either.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
malrubius (2588) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JAN 11, 2015
Bottle. Dark clear copper with lasting head and lace. Mild caramel and fruit and slightly metallic aroma, Sweet caramel fruity with medium spicy bitterness. Not really picking up much smoke. Will let it warm up a little... More roasty sweetness. Would be excellent with significant smoke. Medium body. Fairly aggressive carbo. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
YogiBeera (2570) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 9, 2005
Tap at Redbones: I liked it. Alcohol nose, but nice. Medium dark red color, flrothy head. Nice roasted, dark berries taste.

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