RATINGS: 1258   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
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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ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 5, 2006
Bottle: Sweet molassas, nut and light spicey hops; burnt nutty caramel notes, roasty and slightly dry finish; some alcoholic burn and astringency; OK

ante (3373) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 3, 2006
(bottle at Oliver Twsi, Stockholm) Dark, clear brown colour with a small bubbly tan head. Complex aroma of raisin, caramel, nuts, spices and alcohol. Well.balnced flavour of nuts, clean caramel malts, marzipan, floral hops earthy spices, mint and alcohol. Chocolate, raisin, nougat and floral hops in the long, warming, delicous aftertaste. The one is a keeper during the cold swedish winter storms.

TheBeerGod (6284) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2006
Bottle. Pours a murky ruby-shaded brown. Nose is nutty and chocolaty. Bit of toffee and dried fruits. Says no spice but it’s aroma makes you think differently. Taste is bittersweet, with flowery hops, cocoa, hint of cinnamon, toffee, dried fruits, hazelnut coffee, and a hint of brown sugar. There’s too much lingering hoppiness in this and normally it’s never a detractor. In this, though, it’s not working for me. Body is medium with a mild carbonation feel. There’s more lingering hoppiness throughout this one. Finishes with cocoa, light alcohol coming through, melon, light citrus, toffee, and hazelnut coffee. Not as good as I’d have hoped, but still very drinkable.

mephisto (1301) - TAIWAN - DEC 29, 2005
malty nose with opaque brown hue topped w/ brownish head. floral aroma that’s apparently dry hopped, although the hop presence is less felt in the body.

cherr (162) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 28, 2005
12 0z bottle. Deep brown with smell of roasted malt and chocolate. The taste is primarily the same as the smell -- minimal hop presence to balance the malt. Not a bad beer, but needs more hops.

FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 26, 2005
12oz. bottle. Deep brown with yellow and orange highlights. Small light tan head. Woody and earthen malt aroma, grassy hop accents. Muddled clash of spicy malt flavors, biscuit, raisin, bitter nutshell, and burnt toffee. Residual bitterness and hop herbal grassiness in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium, slightly sticky.

pbjclimber (150) - Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2005 This was a good beer, I am looking and seeing that this is 8% and I never would have guessed. It pours a mahogany color with a tan head that has really good lacing. The flavor is of malts, not too sweet, with a nice balance of hops. This is a very well balanced beer and very drinkable.

jhliesen (836) - West Melbourne, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2005
Bottle from a Holiday pack-The aroma just overwhems you, it’s loaded with a cherry fruit smell, even before you finish the pour. Solid copper to deep red color with a medium to large head. Medium amount of lacing. Full malt flavor with an alcohol kick. Some hop taste and aroma appear from time to time.

Odeed (1806) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 24, 2005
poured a crimson red with a light brown head that left lacing.raosted malts,brown sugar,and nuts make up the aroma.flavor was much of the same with an alcohol bite. medium mouthfeel.

crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - DEC 24, 2005
Draught: I thought this was gross, it had a nasty spiciness to it that made me wish I never tried it. I really did not like this.

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