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RATINGS: 1244   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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3.9
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - JUL 26, 2004
Bottle - a beautiful, deep brown. Slightly translucent. I get nuttiness and alcohol in the nose. Sweet flavor. Toffee and malt. Full, lush mouthfeel. This is a very nice beer!

3.9
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 9, 2004
Bottle, cellared 2002: Deep ruby brown hue with fading off-white head and very good lace. The aroma has notes of caramelized malts, toffee, raisin and prune, hazelnut, vanilla, floral hops, and some phenol. The taste starts sticky sweet and earthy, lots of malts to the forefront. A good dose of bitterness, smoky, and ripe fruity finish, some faux spice as well. The mouthfeel is full and lush with just a bit a snap on the finish. Nicely done and aged well, a heck of a "close out" find at $1.59 a piece.

3.1
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 6, 2004
Bottle. Very malty and raisiny at first, really sticky varnishy/resiny sort of flavour, heaps of hops and spice towards the end, really concentrated and overly sweet, pretty thick.

4
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - MAY 19, 2004
I was a bit put off by the style once I decided to rate this here. My First impressions were more of that of a dark IPA. Nose is full of resinous hops, cinder toffee, and slightly winey malts. Garnet/brown body with a creamy tan head is quite nice. Subduded hop bitterness and flavor blends well with thick caramel, malt, earth and a little alcohol. Finnishes long with nuts, grass, and fresh malt, very good winter warmer.

4.2
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 17, 2004
Color, tawny brown and clear, showing reddish at the bottom. Impressive head, fluffy, sturdy, pillowy, meringue-like. Aroma: sweet, malty, caramel-accented, with notes of toffee and nuts, slowly warming and revealing alcohol. Thick, plummy flavor makes an immediate presence on passing the lips, with nutty notes joining in later. Further on, the profile is overcome by a syrupy sweetness that goes so far, but never so far as to be cloying. Very nice winter warmer/barleywine, enjoyed in the heat of July. And why not? Body is full, flavor ever-lasting, luscious, and lively!

4.1
fuyajo (229) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 14, 2004
Great beer! Small head and a malty aroma. Very smooth, creamy flavor. It’s slighly sweet with coffee and malt hints. Very good beer and I’ll buy this one again.

3.2
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 22, 2004
This brew pours with a deep amber body topped by a thin head with little lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet and malty with slight alcohol esters and a hint of caramel. The flavor is sweet and malty with a slight roastiness, a touch of caramel and very slight alcohol notes. Full bodied and smooth.

4.2
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - APR 8, 2004
UPDATED: APR 10, 2004 12oz Bottle No Date. Pours a clear dark amber with a thick head that is very foamy. Aroma is excellent with caramel, toffy, nuts and a slight sweetness. Slight metallic in the aroma as well.The body on this is also excellent. Very soft and full with low carbonation. Quite smooth and very drinkable. And the flavor does not dissapoint. Nice and sweet with a fantastic blend of malts with a chocolate note and a mild hoppiness in the background. Overall this is a fantastic brew. Thanks Louis.

3.9
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - APR 3, 2004
Brownish/red color,small head that faded quickly and left little behind.Malty caramel aroma with a very nice sweet side to it,maybe some mild hop presence as well.Nice malty sweet taste with a nice showing of caramel and faint hops there is a light fruit presence but of what kind escapes me.Very smooth brew with just a mild bitterness at the end,of hops.Very nice brew and well worth looking for.Thanks go to Ecrvich for sending this fine brew my way.

3.9
JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - APR 3, 2004
This is a very nice looking pour. Clear mahogany color with a creamy, off white head. The aroma had a bit of caramel and some dried fruit. The flavor was smooth. On the tongue it was slightly with hints of berries. This is a very well crafted beer.


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