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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 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 5, 2003
Decent, but an odd yeasty nuttiness kind of ruins the overall impression for me. Good solid maltiness, not much in the way of hops, and the aforementioned strange bready nuttiness. Bits of cherry and caramel taste. Overall an average winter offering, I think.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MaBeer1972 (1827) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (11180) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 7, 2007
SIgnificant slow dissipitating head, which distributes alcohol and malt. Cocoa colour, with chocolate malt, some decent tastiness and medium mouthfeel. Appropriate carbonation. Carmel, a tad smokiness.

   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
maugus4ever (123) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - DEC 24, 2008
Pours a nice ruby color with a light tan head. Sweet taste and aroma that is fitting of a winter ale, but I appreciated the fact that this brew is not very spiced. Lots of winter ales seem to have more spice than is necessary, but this ale is well balanced and appropriate for the season. I recommend this to anyone who wants a winter ale without the spice character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
notalush (5728) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rodzilla79 (90) - Maryland, USA - JUN 11, 2011
A good enjoyable beer. It has some earthy tones and a deep amber color. Enjoy.

   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jayb0 (1161) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - FEB 1, 2012
I like that this winter beer doesn’t try too hard, it’s just a hearty take on scotch ale that doesn’t go crazy, just gives you that malty, maybe very slightly smoky, satisfying beer for a winter evening, and gives you something at a reasonable ABV.

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