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RATINGS: 572   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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Give the gift of beer! More specifically, Brrr! The Widmer Brothers have handcrafted a special ale for the holiday season: a generous red ale. Not quite excessively hopped, with candy sweetness and a velvety finish. Perfect for celebrations. Prost!

Formerly known as W06 NW Red Ale


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Thisis12ptfont (971) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - NOV 10, 2012
Aroma is generously hopped with a slight pine smell. Deep ruby/amber with a quick dissipating foam. Immense and full bodied with complex flavors of wheat, heavy caramel, molasses, brown sugar and oats. Booze is very well masked. Overall, this is absolutely fantastic. A genius winter ale with a hop dryness upfront and a very sweet finish leaving you a pleasant alcohol warmth.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
steelers (35) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 8, 2012
Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a glass. Clear dark amber with a generous head. Hoppie was the first thing I notice, didn’t exspect so much hop. Orange peel and pine flavors are similar, backed by a strong caramel maltiness. Winter spices are present. Medium body, creamy, medium carbonation and pleasant malt sweetness in the finish. Over all I enjoyed this beer. I recall last years batch to be much better personally.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thegreenrooster (3463) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 7, 2012
Pour is a dark red with a small tan head. Aroma is deffinatly hops with some sweet sticky malts. Flavor is more of the malts to start and then you are left with a little hop bite right after the swallow. Kinda reminds me of an American strong ale but not ABV strong. Thick, rich malts with a decent hoppy backbone.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sawbuck (420) - Round Lake, Illinois, USA - NOV 3, 2012
Nice aroma of hops and some malt. Deep amber in color with tan head. Nice mixture of citus hops up front followed by some slightly sweet malt, spices, banana and a hint of caramel. Finishes slightly bitter but clean. Nice.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
RedSox2004 (1411) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - NOV 2, 2012
Clear dark amber with a generous head and nice lace. Hop-forward aroma with grapefruit, orange peel and pine. Flavors are similar, backed by a strong caramel maltiness. Winter spices poke through. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel, moderate carbonation and a pleasant malt sweetness in the finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gregwilsonstl (1280) - Missouri, USA - NOV 2, 2012
Heavy malt. Rich but not thick. Caramelized. A lot of lacing. Spicy. Pretty good.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rxeight (1799) - Illinois, USA - OCT 28, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2012 Dark ruby color. Small white head. Has a faint cherry in the aroma. A bit of candy sweetness in the taste. Not too bad, a little heavier and sweeter than most Ambers, more like a light barleywine.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gyllenbock (5668) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 28, 2012
Sample at a tasting at Systembolaget in October 2012. Slightly hazy amber with a small head. Sweet aroma and taste of dried fruit, hops, light spices and with notes of alcohol. The finish was quite bitter.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
smokewindow (4) - - OCT 18, 2012 does not count
Decent sized off white head, aromas of light caramel and pine. Light amber in color. Sips very crisp and smooth with minimal caramel malts but decwnt piney hops notes. Relatively average all the way around. Had better Widmer beers but I have had much worse.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AdamJackson (3493) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 2, 2012
Amber. 3-finger off-white head. Fades slowly. Cascade bitterness, hints of spices on the nose. Taste is pretty up front American hops, hint of candied sugar and some fruits.


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