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RATINGS: 500   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   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


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boliv (1148) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2011
Bottled 10.31.11, with "A prost: To making the green light" printed under the cap. Pours bright orange and copper with a medium foamy light brown head that leaves thick lacing. Aromas of sweet pine and ripe tropical fruit (papaya, guava), sugar, and dough. The flavor is sweet malt and pine, overripe fruit, sugar, and an earthy/bitter pine finish. Medium body, slightly warming, and a bit dry. Tasty, a nice seasonal warmer. [894]

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
gururyan (599) - Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Very nice Widmer! It tastes like winter in my mouth. Iím not going to make the same mistake I made with the Okto, Iím stocking up!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
topherh (1911) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - NOV 24, 2011
Pours amber with an off white head. Aroma is spicy hop and sweet caramel. Flavor is a little caramel, lots of piney hop, grapefruit, light toasty malt, with a bitter finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Metalchopz (2263) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 16, 2011
Got a free bottle at the Brewís Best Beer Fest on my trip to Vegas. Pours a clean copper with a big warm cap that stays a while and leaves decent lacing. The nose is pretty hoppy (like an IPA) with the caramel malt. Very nice smooth and silky mouthfeel. The taste is very well-blended with the hop, biscuit, caramel and roasted malts. A little fruit comes in the aftertaste. A pretty nice winter warmer that is different (expecting cinnamon - but none is found, lots of hop though).

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
michaelinwa (590) - Bothell, Washington, USA - NOV 4, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2012 Definitely not an amber ale; this is more like an IPA, and I have trouble seeing it as a seasonal ale, or whatever. Pours a medium golden, reddish color. Aroma is very hoppy, and really pretty nice. Flavor is bold, intense, but definitely hop forward, to the point of being a bit overdone given the supposed style. This makes a better DIPA than anything. It works pretty well, but I wonít be waiting around for it every winter because itís just not that special.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 2, 2011
Odd beer, sort of a strong English ale, but with more hops and a bit of spice. Nose of pungent hops and rotten vegetables. Smells like soup. Or river water. A river near a sewage plant. Taste is English hops and bready malts. Moldy bread, that is. Somehow, itís still not awful.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2011
12 oz bottle thanks to 17thfloor! Pours a deep amber with a small off white froth. Aroma of sweet caramel and a bit of a dark fruity note, a bit of a candied fruit character and some light piney and citric hops. Flavor is nice, the hops are more forward than expected, nicely balanced with the biscuity malts and sweet caramel note. Finishes lightly bitter and crisp. Medium body and a soft carbonation. nice beer

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
17thfloor (2430) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2011
Wow, this amber kicks ass. So pleasantly surprised here! A nice alternative to Celebration, bit maltier sweeter, more robust. Very nice. Will finish rating in a few minutes....

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CampesinoTino (757) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 30, 2011
Bottle. Appearance is a coppery amber color with a solid inch of foamy beige head. The aroma is a blend of grapefruit, floral hops, brown sugar and toffee. The flavor matches the aroma with strong ruby red grapefruit, orange and herbal hops notes followed by some pine, caramel and toasted malt. The mouthfeel is mildly creamy and well carbonated with a dry, bitter finish and slight citrus aftertaste. Overall, a tasty brew on the hoppier end of the spectrum for a winter seasonal.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
johnnyoski (434) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - OCT 28, 2011
Bottle. Dark copper pour with a foamy and medium sized off-white head. Light citrus aroma with toffee, pine and toasted malt also present. Soft, bitter initial flavor is balanced with a semi-sweet, malty finish. Syrupy texture and well carbonated. No alcohol burn despite the higher ABV. A heavier beer that reminds me of a Winter warmer.


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