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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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3.6
EddieG (169) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - AUG 8, 2003
Deep mahogony with a very malty front and end. Hops are much less pronounced than the malt. Flavor of burnt cookies and prunes. A nice finish with a toasty aftertaste. Decent.

4
Brewmaster (168) - USA - NOV 8, 2002
Wonderful brew. Sticky and spicy. Fairly sweet. Great winter warmer.

3.1
truegen (167) - Puyallup, Washington, USA - NOV 9, 2006
Bottle. Clear, moderately dark brown with a decent cream head that drops quickly. Aroma seemed muted with little to distinguish it. Packs a quick hop bite that fades quickly on the back of the tongue, leaving a tingly, citrusy carbonated taste. The alcohol presence is very hidden. I might try to cellar this to see if it improves. Its good, but not my favorite winter seasonal.

2.5
brew3crew (166) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 13, 2012
Very oxidized. And its off a keg. Oxidation of the nose and on the tongue. Not a good beer. Some sweet caramel, which is its only redeeming quality.

3.2
jigglyjock (165) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - FEB 23, 2005
Carmel color head. Pours a mahogany hue. Aroma: sweet malt , toffee, Strong burnt flavor with coffee, chocolate, toffee aftertone. Heavy body coats mouth and throat.

3.7
rodolito (163) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 18, 2003
Imbibed in November 2002. Faint hops and malt in the aroma. A clear ruby amber color with large bubbles in a thin head. Nutty, roasted malt flavors with a hoppy aftertaste. Faint spice flavor present. Smooth. The alcohol was not at all obvious.

4
jmcguire1969 (162) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - OCT 21, 2005
My first Jubilation of the season...Yum! I forgot how good this ale is. Pours a crystal mahogany with a slight head. Lacing is there but not a ton of legs to it. My first impression of this is that of a Scotch "Light" Ale...both in aroma and taste. Maybe not...could be certain grains that are common between these two styles but they are distinct. ABV is pretty high but hidden well. This one will bring cheer to the season for certain.

4.2
hippie4beer (162) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - NOV 23, 2005
Pours a deep ruby- brownish color with a nice thick head. Aroma of malty nuts, fruit,chocolate, and alcohol. Smooth body with hints of carbonation. This is a great winter brew. Smooth enough, tasy enough, and very warming.

3.3
cherr (162) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 28, 2005
12 0z bottle. Deep brown with smell of roasted malt and chocolate. The taste is primarily the same as the smell -- minimal hop presence to balance the malt. Not a bad beer, but needs more hops.

3.7
davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2003
Roasty malt aroma. Not sweet, but roasty. Nice brown color with good sized tan head. Body is a little thin at first, but malt soon makes it's presence known. Very little hops in this beer. Finishes surprisingly clean, yet alcohol is apparent as well. Not bad, not great.


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