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RATINGS: 1229   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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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Murph06 (121) - Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2003
Prunish aroma along with roasted coffee. Semi-carbonated, not much lace on glass. Oily mouthfeel. Malty at first taste, then nice dry finnish. A good beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
CLeclercq1961 (118) - Temecula, California, USA - OCT 18, 2015
Hazy mahogany pour with pretty big tan foamy head almost pillow like. Aroma of toffee and caramel with a sugary scent to it. Flavor of some plum and mostly caramel. Had some nutty character as well. Sweet finish good beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kuzo (116) - Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2010
Pours a mahogany with thin tan head. Aroma is roasted nutty malts with hints of cocoa. Flavor is strong roasted malts, coffee, with a nice dry bitterness on the finish. This one is a bit heavy on the palate but has a crisp bite. The alcohol is hidden well which makes this drinkable. Has a slight resemblance to a scotch ale. Very good winter seasonal.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pepperford (115) - robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - FEB 28, 2008
pleasant dark red coloring with a little lacing on the glass. Nutty, malty and spicy taste with a rounded, almost oily mouth feel. A nice winter beer. Would go good with beef tips or a nutty cheese, or maybe nuts.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeg (114) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 2, 2008
Red- brown color, with a medium sized tan head. Nose is malty with molasses. Malty, caramel, cookie taste. Very nice.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Joel (114) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 5, 2015
Pours dark brown with a foamy thick head. Aromas of toffee, caramel, and sweet malts. Tastes sweet and nutty with toffee, and caramel. Hops are well hidden beneath the malts. Nice winter ale in the English strong ale style. High alcohol content and the big malt profile makes this one a sipper.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCastner (112) - New York, USA - JAN 9, 2009
Pours a dark cherry or deep, deep burgundy (almost black). Aroma is first of fruit (cherries, raspberries), caramel, and then of some butter. Mouthfeel is medium/heavy almost chewy. Taste is first of sweet malt, followed by some bitterness, and then a spicy finish. What a wonderful seasonal.

2.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
tilldeath (109) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2009
Good mouthfeel was about it, too malty and the alcohol in thus one came through almost sour with a hot finish, says in the description no spices used and its true. That is where I think this beer could be much better, with some spice added.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
UofFkid (108) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 7, 2008
Bottle. Amber pour with small lacing. Nice molasses aroma upon opening, very nice. Big fan of Holiday beers, this is a nice offering.

2.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
k9coug (108) - USA - DEC 16, 2008
Bought this bottle off the bargain shelf at my locale homebrew shop, so don’t know what year it was brewed. It might have been passed its prime. I am surprised by the rating, the alcohol content and the claim of no spicing. Very skeptical that the spiciness was made by malt and hops alone.


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