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RATINGS: 1230   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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
surffisher (198) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 23, 2009
12 oz. bottle. Pours a clear translucent mahogany, with a thick, lasting cap of light tan head that leaves tremendous crusty lace. Aroma is all deep, dark malts bounding in spicy, nutty, and woody notes with some pronounced fruit notes as it warms. Full, rich flavor dominated by a toasty malt character but balancing toward bitter and boozy into the finish. Complex flavor profile, but well balanced; not jumbled. There are nuts, holiday spices (nutmeg, cinnamon), toffee and vanilla notes. Medium bodied and smooth, with a very nice warming finish. I forgot how good this stuff was...just a great example of a winter warmer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rockcrawler (197) - Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA - APR 22, 2010
12 Oz. Aged .5 years. Pours a beautiful dark amber with medium off white head that is slow to subside. Aroma of slight funk and nut. This beer has some seriously tasty malt charactor with not a whole of sweetness and just enough hops to hold everything up. Finish is of slight coffee sensation.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrewMstr (194) - Pleasant View, Utah, USA - NOV 26, 2013
Dark, fruity, spicy, and strong enough to put some color in your cheeks. Great winter warmer with noted of cherry, ginger with a solid malt backbone.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hophazard (193) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 28, 2011
Caramel with sweet chocolate appearing faintly on the nose. Slight graininess. Clear, deep ruby pour with pillowy white head that leaves nice lacing. Caramel and breadiness blend seemlessly on the taste. Slight alcohol warmth on the finish. Without notice, hop bitterness dries the palate. Medium body with mild carbonation. Great winter beer that you would enjoy one after another in front of a fire.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Angelmonster (193) - Colorado, USA - DEC 1, 2009
Pours a big 3 finger off white head. Body is a clear mahogany brown with lots of bubbles rising. Head retention is above average but the lacing is very good Aroma is of sweet roasted caramel malt and some herbal hops. Alcohol is also slightly detected. A bit underwhelming compared to taste First taste reminds me of an English barleywine. Tons of malt come through ranging from flavors of brown sugar to smoked malt and even some copper. Hops are also there, slightly bitter but mostly floral and earthy. Alcohol adds a touch of warmth to the finish. Mouth feel is good. Carbonation is sufficient. Beer is medium bodied, about average consistency for a winter beer. Wish head contributed more to body, it died down towards last quarter of glass. Drink ability was great. Rather session able strong ale. Very complex beer, almost flawless. Winter is my favorite season for beer and this one is one of the best seasonal beers around

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
walrussell (192) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2010
Like a caramely, vanilla-y, slightly chocolatey ipa. Thats how hoppy it is. Unique in its combo of flavors. Some nuttiness and woodiness come through too. It is very good for winter. Excellent.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kromamc (191) - ITALY - FEB 5, 2010
buona old ale all americana.. nn strepitosa ma interessante luppolata buona presenza di note fruttate....

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
efrumtheidiot (190) - Colorado, USA - FEB 17, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2008 pours a clear ruby-amber with a tannish head. aroma is hoppy, lightly nutty, some toffee and some toasty malt and a bit of straw. taste is toffee, light caramel, some hops, toasty notes, some nuts. mid-full bodied with a creamy/sudsy mouthfeel. leaves a layer of bitter on the palate. nice bitter finish. alcohol is nicely blended, and there’s some nice lacing. quite nice, very drinkable. not uber-complex or overpowering, but has a nice taste. would fit great into a session.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MikeMac (185) - Wyandotte, Michigan, USA - JAN 25, 2006
Dark ruby red to brown poured with a thin white head. Aroma was rich with chocolate and fruits. Alcohol was intense in the flavor as was fruit sweetness and light chocolate malt flavor.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
johno (185) - Galveston, Texas, USA - JAN 20, 2012
Lush, dark fruit-driven aroma, raisins & figs, holiday spice, coffee, cola. Bit creamy, weighty, bittersweet, bit sharp on the finish, warming, decent holiday beer.


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