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RATINGS: 499   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


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
steelersfan07 (21) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 18, 2009
I hated this beer. It poured redish dark amber, and the smell was pretty bold. I thought it tasted so horrible that I downed the six pack as fast as I could. Not going to buy it again.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
notalush (4789) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 13, 2009
Clear amber pour, soapy lace - nose is that of a malty IPA (caramel and spicy, herbal hops) - the flavor is much the same - malt forward at first (caramel, toasted grains), but spicy hops arrive through the middle - the difference comes in a warming spicy character at the end that works well with the hops - simple but tasty.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - NOV 13, 2009
Bottle.
Pours a nice, deep amber with a healthy head of off-white that leaves a beautiful latticework of lacing. Nose features sweet, syrupy hops and grapefruit with just a hint of strawberry. Flavor is buttery hops with a nice bite of grapefruit in the finish. Tingly mouthfeel that is surprisingly thick. More IPA-esque than an amber, as I’m getting more hops than malt. Pretty decent beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
neepsntatties (1170) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 23, 2009
12 oz. bottle from the Portland brewery. Colour... orange amber with thin head. Nose... quite hoppy with some malt. Palate... plenty of hops up front, some malt, slightly carboardy, wet earth and lingering hops on the back palate.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skyview (5154) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - SEP 27, 2009
Has one of these 12-oz bottles in my cellar for the past year. Pours a semi-hazy dark copper amber colored brew with an average sized off-white head that slowly dissipates and leaves behind some spotty lacing. Aroma of powdered caramel malt, some tart berries a hint of toffee and some floral hops. Taste is medium bodied, some tart caramel, floral hops and a touch of clove spice. Finish has a dark pitted fruit and tart berry aftertaste that has a sharp bitterness, though a smooth texture. The one year of aging did some nice work on this amber strong ale.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Fratto (2590) - Arlington, Texas, USA - SEP 17, 2009
Six pack. Hop heavy with a healthy amount of spice. It does help warm up the cold.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (8796) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2009
12oz bottle shared courtesy of Josh. Poured a medium and hazy amber color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of floral hops, pine, and some caramel. Tastes of the same; floral hops, pine, and caramel. This was definitely on the hoppier side (which is fine for me!).

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 7, 2009
We had a winter warmer tasting party and to our pleasant surprise, this isnt a winter warmer. Its actually a well crafted malty IPA. The hops dominate with a wonderful pine bouquet in the front, and finish with nice and subtle malt on the backend. This really needs to be a year round release from widmer, as it is the best beer they have released.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
markas101 (1824) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 21, 2009
33 cl bottle, Fargo, ND, USA. Deep amber, sweet caramel aroma. Sweet flavor, deceptively smooth finish for a stronger ale. Very nice.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BVery (5969) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 20, 2009
TAP: reddish/amber pour, malt and caramel on the nose. Pretty hoppy, but not terribly bitter, with good spice flavor. Decent beer.


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