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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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3.9
stumpyiliz (217) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 2, 2012
A great winter warmer. It’s heavily malted and hopped to get you through the winter. Great malty taste. American strong ale flavored intermingled with holiday flavors. I haven’t cellared any of these be cuz they all get drunk before I can get to the cellar.

3.4
BritAlesRule (216) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 23, 2012
Pours a deep garnet color with a beige head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is subtle. Rummy berries and some wood and caramel malts with a mild alcohol hint. Taste has some cocoa and nuts and dark fruits like plum before a big onrush of toasty grass and alcohol. Nose is highlight. Pretty good.

3.9
FlagstoneHill (215) - Erie, Colorado, USA - NOV 25, 2005
Med Brown, cola-like color. Tan head... ...Malty, hints of chocolate, Bitter with sweet finish.... ....Med Body. Light carbonation. ... ... ...A solid Strong ale. Delightfully on the hoppy end of the spectrum. Good balance between the hops and malt

3.9
lukin013 (215) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 4, 2006
Very unique mahogany color with a small tan head. Very sweet aroma of toffee, molasses and raisins. Flavors of spicy malts and cherries at first with burnt toffee, wood and some chocolate coming through in the finish. Texture is just a little thin but the complex flavor more than makes up for it.

3.3
TheCaptMatey (213) - Ohio, USA - DEC 7, 2014
Poured a dark red to brown colour with a thin white head. Aroma is quite malty with dark fruits and caramel/ coffee notes. Flavor is a sweet malt mixture of nuts and dark fruits with a bit of hop bitterness. Not much of coffee in flavor, but enjoyable none the less.

3.5
Tybalt (212) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 12, 2012
A nice warming beer. Not a whole lot in the nose - maybe a hint of caramel. Strong malty backbone. I know they say there's no spice in there, but there's just a slight bite of something at the end....something....holiday-ish.

4
barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - NOV 17, 2004
(draft) I was sure I was enjoying a nice spiced ale but I see in the commercial description that the flavor is all malts. Very good, though a little sneaky as the alcohol doesn’t really register.

2.5
jodah52 (210) - Michigan, USA - AUG 26, 2009
Dark mahogany with a tan head; rich aromas and flavors of malt. Has a slight acid, slight hop taste; aromas are of caramel. Solid, but not very complicated nor very interesting.

4.1
tobias (208) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - OCT 5, 2004
12 oz bottle: pours a dark rich mahogany color with a small off white head. veryy nice aroma. carmel, chocolate, spice, raisin. sweet. the flavor is very full and rich. caramel chocolate. notes of rasin. some nice roastyness. sweet.

3.1
kimjongill (207) - - NOV 24, 2012
Nice ruby appearance with off-white head. Good but generic malty aroma. Decently strong, malty taste, with a lot of english hop flavor. Decent mouthfeel.


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