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RATINGS: 43   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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This brew is over 9% abv(alcohol by volume)and is sure to warm you on those cold, hopefully snowy nights. This offering is deep ruby in color, with toasted malt flavor and hop assertiveness with warming alcohol finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jimhilt (2430) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 17, 2008
Pours a three-fingered cream head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Crystal clear amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Slight malty nose. Flavor some caramel, with a balanced to bitter finish. Lingering bitter aftertaste. High ABV is hidden. $1.50 for a 12 oz bottle from Capital Convenience Concord, NH.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcox90 (1588) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 27, 2008
12 oz bottle. Pours a clear reddish brown color with a 1/2" off white head. Nose is malty with nuts. Palate is unremarkable. Moderate carbonation. Taste is malty with a little brown sugar.Some hop bite. Not really any spice to it, unlike most Wassail type ales.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 27, 2011
Bottle thanks to AirForceHops: Pours a clear deep copper amber with a spotty-lacing off-white head. Has a rich toasted dark caramel nose with some earthy hoppiness and a hint of black cherries. Starts with pretty good fullness and chewy toasted caramel malts with an herbal grassy hop bitterness and a touch of peat and light oxidation before a drier, muddled slightly astringent bittersweet finish. Pretty true to style, just not as clean tasting as I’d prefer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Phatdog1 (179) - Brentwood, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 6, 2013
On tap at The Copper Door. Pours a ruby red with a thin white head. Scent of sweet malt and currant, slight booze. Very sweet on the palate, some bitterness at the end. More complexity as it warms up. I didn't get the boozy heat at all. I think the abv is nicely hidden. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ROGUE (2127) - Newark, Delaware, USA - OCT 1, 2013
12oz bottle. Pours a clear, deep auburn color with a creamy, off-white head. Sweet caramel and toffee aromas with a hefty dose of spices. The spices dominate the taste with some sweet malt and then a very faint hop bitterness kicks in at the end. Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 17, 2009
(Review from January 2009): 12oz bottle from Barb’s Beer Emporium in Concord. Pours a translucent brown body with no head to speak of. Smells nutty, slightly spicy, and buttery. Nut and spice dominate the flavor, with fairly strong suggestions of butter and alcohol. Medium in both mouthfeel and carbonation. That, in conjunction with the flavors being a bit more harsh than I would expect for the style, makes this a bit of a sipper. Overall, an okay winter warmer, no more, no less.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GG (2326) - NorCal, California, USA - JAN 16, 2008
Two beers in one night that I could get some buttery/butterscotch flavors? Interesting. The beer itself wasn’t horrible, but it wasn’t great either. Mediocrity seems to be a key word for many of the beers we had that night. A butterscotch aroma and roasted malts. Cherrywood in color, clear with a nice fluffy two-finger head. Flavors were roasted malts with a spicy/hoppy 1-2 combo. I wouldn’t revisit this beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheEpeeist (3400) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2008
12 oz bottle. Clear rusty brown with a puffy tan head. Nose hints at mulled wine with raisin. Medium body with a coating mouthfeel and fuzzy carb. Taste is spruce, blackberry and caramel. Bitter greens aftertaste a disappointment.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - JUN 20, 2009
Garnett brown pour with lively two finger beige head that dissipates into one. Aroma is caramel malt and hints of grapefruit citrus. Some grainy and floral notes are also evident. Flavor is predominantly residual sugars in to form of caramel and molasses, with the slightest of a citrus hop balance and fully noticeable boozy quality. Palate is a bit on the thin side, especially considering the style, ending slightly dry and alcoholic.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
craftycarl21 (2254) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 30, 2009
Dark brown pour with red tints, minimal head. Aroma is surprisingly light, with a bit of caramel malt, roasted malt, and citrus. Flavor is very sweet, with molasses, dark fruit especially raisin, and caramelized sugars. Finish was odd to me- sweetness became a bit cloying at that point, too sweet certainly for an english strong. Slightly thin, but overall a decent beer.

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