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RATINGS: 1252   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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3.7
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
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
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
madsberg (11762) - Søborg, 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
heemer77 (5355) - 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
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
joergen (27974) - 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
SpringsLicker (3613) - 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, I’d have another one.

3.6
Zeswaft (1768) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 1, 2005
There is a kind of smoky coffee, nutty, and alcohol flavor in this beer. Aroma of the better of the lame European hops. Every sip tastes different. not sure what i think about it. this bottle even tastes different than the last one i had. I think my rating is as high as it is mostly because i know i’m drinking a high gravity beer.

3.6
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - NOV 30, 2005
Very malty aroma, with some nice notes of toffee, caramel and a light hop note. Sloght hazy deep amber body wti ha small but dense off-white head. Sweet and mlaty flavor, notes of dates, nuts, toffee and a light dry hint in the end. Alcohol is noticeable and it feels quite warming.


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