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RATINGS: 1254   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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4.2
keoki182 (305) - West Bend, Wisconsin, USA - APR 9, 2007
Solid medium brown pour with yellow/brown head. Head held at about 3/4 inch until dissolving to a thin lacing on surface of beer and around glass. Smells barleywine-sweetish, notes of fruit (strawberry?) and some generic licorice. First sip impressions: bitter! strong, full mouthfeel. Toffee flavor, more berry. Wow, is this stuff good. Very rich, amazing feel on the palate. I just got some old school bubblegum, you know the rock hard sticks of bubblegum that came in Topps baseball card packs in the late 80s? That is the prevailing aftertaste right now. A nice, almost spicy bitter cocoa comes through quite soon in the pint. This is a fantastic English Strong Ale.

3.6
DubC5000 (305) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 12, 2010
Toasty, slightly peppery, sweet aroma, with honey, biscuit, and doughy notes. Smooth, with toffee, nutty flavors and moderate hop bitterness. Mildly sweet, though out of the bottle it retains some of the metal from the cap. Best from a tulip.

3.6
pauliefrog99 (302) - FLINT, Michigan, USA - DEC 3, 2001
A little nutty flavor you can taste the alcohol. Has a strange aftertaste i pick up a little bit of chocolate. Different.

3.7
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - NOV 7, 2003
Nice dark red-brown body with a thin, tan head. Lacing.
Roasted malt aroma dominates. The other aroma which I can't figure out must be the hazelnut.
Sweet and malty. A little bit of hop flavor and some oxidation. Lingering bitterness is a bit unusual for the style but could mellow with age. Alcohol is well-hidden.
Full-bodied and very smooth.

3
hockey9930 (293) - - NOV 28, 2012
Pours a dark reddish amber with a half inch head and good lacing. A nice looking beer. Spicy and slightly nutty. Dry hops and lingering bitterness. Light bodied and thin. Lively carbonation.

3.5
bjt512 (292) - Athens, Georgia, USA - DEC 7, 2010
12 oz bottle that has been in my larder since Thanksgiving 2008. Time to drink up! I poured this into a snifter, where it seemed surprisingly carbonated. Its thin head faded quickly, but the visible carbonation reasserted itself in a surprisingly light body. Not surprisingly, the age has taken the bite out of the stronger flavors in this ale. A powerful aroma of molasses remained, but the flavor had stronger elements of nuts, carbonation, and boozy fruitcake. Both the punchy aroma and the fizzy body confirm my memory that this had sharp edges when it was new. I prefer the more mature version and judge this t be well worth the wait, especially at the price.

3.7
OldRaspy (292) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JAN 31, 2006
Poured a dark brown with a very good off-white head. Aroma was malty with nutmeg and a bit of fruit. Flavor was malty with toffee and a bit of chocolate.

3.5
Billicus (291) - @RED BHUT JOIKIAS!, Paulsboro, New Jersey, USA - FEB 23, 2012
aroam, nutty, and deep malts open into nose some toffee, color, deep reddish hue, white head, taste, was really surprised, very malty, the brew takes on a coffee, toffee, type taste very rich with a mild semi sweet chocolate aftertaste, overall, neat brew really warms you up!

4.6
mensch (289) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - DEC 8, 2011
"It’s the most wonderful... kind of a beer." I think this is last year’s vintage, no date on the bottle. Full and enticing aromas of prunes, burnt toffee, sherry, and wood smoke. On the tongue, it’s full and brown and prune and toffee. After a year(?) the hops are quite subdued but still noticable in a piney sorta way. One of my favorite examples of one of my favorite styles.

2.8
lumpsowers (287) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - APR 12, 2009
Dark copper pour, low head, and medium lacing. Fruity piny aroma. Fizzy with bitter dark fruits. Some caramel with a thick phlegmy mouth. Not bad, a spicy winter.


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