RATINGS: 1254   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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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Fatehunter (2565) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - JUN 24, 2012
This was probably the 2010 version. There is nothing on the bottle to indicate the year though. The label is a little different than the picture here; has the brewery logo at the bottom on the label. Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Nice dark brown color, almost opaque. An inch head formed but quickly faded. Smell: Overall a very light scent. Some malty smell... Taste: There’s a great balance between the malt and hops here. Neither really come out ahead, but they complement each other well. A short sweet finish. This is one of the few winter seasonals that I have had that does not have an array of the "Christmas spices" in its flavor. I like it. Palate: Medium going toward heavy body. Almost no carbonation. A good weight for a winter warmer. A good beer. I am enjoying sipping it on this (finally) cold night. I will probably have one more from the 6-pack and save the others for the next few years. Avery says that they can be cellared for a couple years so we will see if anything changes with time.

ironcontra (269) - POLAND - JUL 4, 2017
Feeling the seasonality on this, this hearty ale would be best during some long blizzards (alas, consumed in June); raisins, prunes, bread, warming

erikaraeb (218) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 29, 2017
Cloves and sweet malt on the nose and taste. Wintery feel overall, would be warming in such a season. Somewhat watery for the bold flavour; could benefit from a touch more thickness. Surprised to see the "no spices" part of the description.

balloonbuffoon (314) - - JUN 10, 2017
12floz can, COD: 10.20.2016, $1.50 and poured into a pint glass. I got a lot of sediment from the pour and little foam. Many particles are held in suspension, and at the bottom of auburn-brown body. Aroma and palate intertwine that is simply characteristic of toffee. It’s pretty good.

nutjes (938) - Heestert-Zwevegem, BELGIUM - JUN 7, 2017
35,5cl-blik vanuit een swap van de BelgianBeerSwappers. U: Donkerbruin met een dunne gebroken witte schuimkraag. G: Karamel, hazelnoot, gedroogd fruit en biscuits. S: Zoet. Gedroogd fruit, hazelnoot, karamel en gedroogd fruit. M: Semi-volmondig met medium carbonatie.

Bricks (1124) - Delaware, USA - MAY 10, 2017
Above avg appearance.. nice color, nice head. Metallic malty aroma. Taste is syrupy, malty, biscuit, molasses. It’s alright.

alteregoo (1439) - Kalisz, POLAND - MAY 9, 2017
Piana nieduża, szybko opada do firanki. Barwa mocnej herbaty, opalizująca. W zapachu karmel zahaczający o toffi, melasa, orzechy laskowe. W smaku podobnie, dość słodkie, ziołowe, pojawia się także skojarzenie z masłem orzechowym. Goryczka średnia, tytoniowa, niskie wysycenie, lekko oleiste, lekko wyklejające w odbiorze.
Bardzo przyjemny English Strong Ale, dośc klasyczny, zładnie wkomponowanym, lekko rozgrzewającym alkoholem. Wydaje się podobne do Coopers Vintage Ale, bez porównania zaś miażdży popularne Innis & Gunn Original czy Young’s Special London Ale.

Korcz (3372) - Warsaw, POLAND - APR 19, 2017
Jakaś dziwna lukrecjowa nuta się plącze. Karmel, melasa, dość dużo ciała. Nieskomplikowane i całkiem przyjemne.

andrepintado (3397) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - APR 4, 2017
Can. Dark red brown. Thin beige head. Medium bitterness, light to medium sweetness. Medium body. Dry light sticky finish. Aroma and flavour is banana, bread, yeast, caramel, malt, nuts, light chocolate. Lovely!

ordybill (1758) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - MAR 30, 2017
Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass at Taco Mac in Atlanta. The appearance is a reddish brown color with a small tan colored head. The aroma is almost all malt with some nuttiness. The taste is malt with some molasses and some earthy notes.

dysenteri (323) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - MAR 28, 2017
Can. Mahogny red/brown with white head. Aroma of alcohol, cookies, toffe, nuts, earthy, malts. Medium sweet, medium bitter. A bit sticky mouthfeel, a bit too much alcohol feeling

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