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RATINGS: 1244   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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4.1
theacelatrain (262) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 16, 2005
Bottle. Pours a formidable deep, dark red with foamy off-white head and pretty good lacing. Nose of malts and alcohol. Very soft, spiceless flavors of pure, lightly roasted malts. Sweetness with hints of dark fruits and raisin from the alcohol. Incredibly smooth texture, rich and warming body, and very hidden alcohol. An excellent warmer.

3.6
smashteroid (262) - Alabama, USA - MAR 27, 2008
Served cold from a bottle, pours a dark reddish brown with a nice tan-colored head. The aroma includes malts, but anything other than that i can’t quite discern. the flavor is wonderful upon first taste, but the aftertaste is a little dry and bitter. It’s a fine beer, but not exemplary.

4
NeonLX (261) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 1, 2004
Wow, this was a nice surprise. Picked it up on impulse at a local "mix & match" cooler. From a bottle, the beer pours a dark brown with reddish tint. Smallish tan head. Not a whole lot of aroma but the taste makes up for it. Very sweet and spicy with underlying citrus flavors. Decent hopping kicks in towards the end of the first taste. Not especially heavy and I didn't notice any untoward alcohol taste. This could easily become a favorite of mine, especially for the price ($6.99 per six pack at Brennans in Madison, WI).

4.4
b79turner (260) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - OCT 23, 2011
On tap at J Clyde. Pours a dark brown with a small head and good lacing. Nose in hoppy with a little sweetness. Taste is the same, complex...bitterness is well balanced with sweetness. Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation. No alcohol burn, I wish there was more. That would really take this "winter warmer" over the top for me.

3.7
Jvittorio4187 (255) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - FEB 25, 2007
For a winter seasonal I think this could be brewed all year round. Seasonal gives you something to look foward to, but this is not the first on my mind. Okay, but I would have to try again.

3.7
CopterScott (254) - Kansas, USA - DEC 22, 2013
Dark brown with a thin tan head. aroma is roasty malts and spice. Flavor is roasty malts, with hints of dark fruit, burnt caramel, and spice. Medium carbonation.

3.5
erikaraeb (252) - 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.

3.8
GrainBeltGuzzler (249) - Goodhue, Minnesota, USA - APR 23, 2005
fantastic looking beer, incredibly thick head on this one, leaves a film all the way down the glass, very strong malty flavor on this a little hint of alcohol and hops to balance it off a definate winner with this one, thanks probiere

3.8
norsedoc (248) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2007
Pours brown with tan fluffy head. Smells of caramel and spice. Flavor of roasted nuts(filberts?), spice, and prune. Very balanced and not overly spiced like many winter ales.

3.9
Nihon (247) - Vernon, Connecticut, USA - JAN 20, 2008
Dark ruby brown, very nutty pistachio, malty aroma. Malty nutty, candied fruit flavor. Very well balanced.


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