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RATINGS: 1245   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
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 8, 2005
Bottled. Poured a clear, deep ruby/orange with a very nice tall beige head (receded after a minute, but left nice intricate lacing). Full aroma of English bittering hops, caramel, hazlenut, and some wintery spiciness. There was a lot of spicy maltage in the flavor... working well with the English hops and caramel. Smooth across the tongue with bitterness around the edges. Long, spicy, and warming finish. This is a great fireside treat!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mamabeer (39) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2005
UPDATED: APR 12, 2006 Starts out with a mild aroma of caramel/toffee. A smooth pour with very little head. The flavor is a sweet, malty blend with just enough hops thrown in to keep it from tasting syrupy. Palate is very creamy smooth, but goes down clean - no tongue coating.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - DEC 3, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2006 12oz - 2005 - Aroma is hoppy, carmel malt, and christmas cheer. Pours a deep brown with red accents. A small head and great lacing. Flavor is carmel, hops and toffee. Palate is smooth and creamy. A nice easy drinking brew to sit by the fire with.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - DEC 3, 2005
Tastes like a watered-down version of GD Hibernation. Call it Hibernation Light, Great appearnace, but too watered down for my taste.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 3, 2005
Draught. Brown appearance, with a lasting off-white head. Hoppy nose, with citrus and some malt. Flavor is very hoppy, and a little roasty in finish. Grass in aftertaste. Could be a nice beer, but the hopwreck kind of kills all of the other flavors that are supposed to be there.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madsberg (11648) - Sborg, DENMARK - DEC 3, 2005
Bottled: Dark amber coloured. Clear. Light brown small dense head. Berries, caramel and spices in the nose Flavour of chocolate, hops, light fruit, sweetness. Has a full maltbase and a light alcoholtouch. Is nicely bitter in the end, and has a long impact on the palate. Nice one.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5340) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 3, 2005
Poured with a dark ruby and brown body. The head is thin with a slightly yellowish tint. The aroma is nutty with some light toffee and coffee. The taste is a little spicy with some ginger and light cinnamon. There is also some toffee and a little note of bourbon. A nice winter warmer that is definitely a sipper. A very creamy and thick mouthfeel. I imagine this would smooth out nicely with some age.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IMtheOptimator (1167) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - DEC 1, 2005
Poured dark mahogany with a semi-frothy off-white head. Aroma is dark fruit, cinnamon, cookie dough, and a bit of alcohol. Taste is slightly sweet molasses, dark fruit and floral hops with a dry alcohol finish. Fairly full body with assertive carbonation. Nice, if somewhat generic, strong ale.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
joergen (27039) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 1, 2005
Bottled. Clear red coloured with a medium sized off white head. Sweet aroma with notes of fruits and spices with flowery notes. Sweet fruity flavour with notes of mlats and caramel. Hoppy finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpringsLicker (3560) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 1, 2005
This starts with a large tan head over a sparkling clear, deep garnet body. doughy chocolate covered cherry aroma. Well balanced flavor, moderately sweet with a nice bitterness at the finish. No alcohol in the flavor. Not too bad overall, Id have another one.


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