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RATINGS: 1251   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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3.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GrainBeltGuzzler (249) - Goodhue, Minnesota, USA - APR 23, 2005
fantastic looking beer, incredibly thick head on this one, leaves a film all the way down the glass, very strong malty flavor on this a little hint of alcohol and hops to balance it off a definate winner with this one, thanks probiere

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 15, 2005
Dark brown color with ruby tones and a small head. Nice but subdued nutty malt aroma with floral tones. Flavor starts sweet and malty has a toffee middle with a more hoppy finish and a nutty aftertaste. Good balance of moderate bitterness and sweet nutty malts. Nice warming alcohol presence.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swirl (267) - collingswood, New Jersey, USA - MAR 26, 2005
This is a deep red/mahogany colored ale. with an intense flavor. After a couple of these anyone would be feeling jubilant. A complex ale with a mixture of hops which lend a floral scent on the nose.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 21, 2005
Dark brown body with a thick foamy tan head. Ginger cookie aroma: bread, nutmeg, ginger and alcohol. Big caramel malt flavor with coffee and toffee, maple syrup, and a sharp tree bark bitterness. Long-lasting sweet, earthy malt finish. The malts are nice but I feel they clash with the woody shaprness.

4
   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 (5251) - 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 (2113) - 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.


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