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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


3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tiggmtl (4548) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
porterhouse (1581) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - FEB 9, 2007
(Bottle from <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/Place/massachusetts/w target=blank>Julio’s Liquors) OK but a little funny-tasting...Pours darkish amber with two fingers of rather rich-looking biscuit head. Recedes to a nice 1/2" cap. Nose not real strong but kind of caramel and vanilla. Mouthfeel fairly smooth but a little thin, lightly prickly. Some sloppy rings of lacing. Flavor starts with kind of weak caramel and vanilla maltiness followed by a surprise note of slightly smoky, kind of stinky/decaying peatiness that appears then disappears. Interesting but not very good. Weakly bitter.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
swoopjones (5603) - 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

3.2
   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.

3.2
   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.

3.2
   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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Radek Kliber (6368) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoeMcPhee (8302) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 31, 2009
Deep amber beer with a light caramelly aroma. Soft munich malt, light toast and a soft vineous character. Sweet and toffeeish with a rich caramelly character. Softly sweet and earthy with a bit of light toastiness. A little bit of light fruity sweetness. A bit of cherry fruitiness. It’s quite nice really.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerdedone (2573) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KyotoLefty (6145) - 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.


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