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RATINGS: 1237   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Our winter ale has a gorgeous mahogany hue, a hint of hazelnuts, and a finish reminiscent of mocha and toffee. No spices, just a perfect blend of five specialty malts. Cellarable for 3+ years.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 17, 2005
Copper in color with a small white head. Little floaties is suspension. Bready,malty aroma with mild caramel and a sweet flavor. Ends bitter,hoppy and dry.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aurelius (5178) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 16, 2005
Fruity dark, yeast and vinegar aroma somewhere between a PA and a lambic. Clear ruby black ale. Big fluffy head. Cocoa, wood, grapefruit, coffee. Pretty complex. Layer on layer of flavor. Medium weight, spicy finish, spicy on the lips, cocoa in the very end. Nicely done.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2005
Pours a brown body with a thin tan head. Very spicy aroma with cinnamon, sugar, and alcohol. Flavor has a nutty charcteristic along with the aforementioned spice. A nice warmer on a cold night.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ampp (155) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 5, 2005
I picked up a single 12 oz. bottle in the refrigerated section of the beer store. I smell apple and caramel and cinnamon. The color is a rich brown with a light brown head. Has a sweet taste. Fruit and honey. I detect a bit of alcohol taste, but not too strong. Some nut in the flavor too. This is definitely more sweet than hoppy. Not too sweet, but if I drank a lot of these in a row I might change my opinion on that. Overall, It is refreshing.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 3, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2006 Bottle: Cloudy brown with a thin off-white head. Gingerbread, sweet malts, and a bit of chocolate in the aroma, starts and ends lightly sweet. medium bodied with a slick feel.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
shadey (2095) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 3, 2005
UPDATED: APR 14, 2007 Every beer I have had tonight has been a deep ruby color. This one had no real head to speak of. A very nicely balanced mix of malt and hops in the aroma with something more. Caramel or toffee must be what I am smelling. The flavor was complex and well balanced. This was really a pleasure to drink, I wish I could get more. 8/3/8/4/18

RERATE: Deep deep red pour with a thin head of white cream. Aroma is deep and rich sweet caramel. Some bitter hops. An all around well blended experience. flavor is complex blend of sweet and bitter. Smooth body, nice finish. Just a little sticky.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - FEB 24, 2005
Very clear dark brown with an off white head. Carmel malts but not much else in the aroma. Flavor is mostly roasted and sweet carmel malt, quite sweet, almost too much. There is a good finish and presense.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jigglyjock (165) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - FEB 23, 2005
Carmel color head. Pours a mahogany hue. Aroma: sweet malt , toffee, Strong burnt flavor with coffee, chocolate, toffee aftertone. Heavy body coats mouth and throat.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 15, 2005
Mahogany body with light tan head. Toasted coffee and chocolate nose. Light maltiness with a slight roasted malt bitterness in the finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 12, 2005
Smells like oak-aged gym socks. No, really. Disappating tannish head, largish bubbles, dark reddish cloudy body. Medium mouthfeel, lingering bitterness on swallow with a coating, sticky feel. Taste starts with tannins and light citrus, moves into roast/ash accented caramel (no toffee, I am sad), and finishes as above. Okay.


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