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RATINGS: 1255   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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cgarvieuk (24499) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 18, 2014
bottle at home ... deep brown ... thin tan lacing ... dark sweet toffee malts ... soft sweet toffee malt ... that caramel tofe malt im not fond of ... soft tofffee malts ... dull malt... not me

4.2
Leighton (21255) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2010
Appearance: Pours a dark, reddish-brown with a firm, lingering tan head. Considerable lacing as the level receded. Aroma: Nicely balanced between sweet, caramel notes and bitter hops. Flavor: Flavor is at first sweet and malty, then quickly turns happily bitter with some nice, piney hop flavor. On the swallow, the bitterness prevails, leaving the mouth with a pleasantly bitter, sticky aftertaste. Some notes of toffee and burnt malts, adding to the bitterness. Mouthfeel: Medium to medium-big in body. Light and fine carbonation. Slightly warming going down. Overall Impression: Overall I was very impressed. A beautifully struck balance between malt sweetness and hop bite. Comments: Bottle pour.

3.4
Rasmus40 (20649) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 17, 2013
Bottle @ DØE meeting. Clear dark brown with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, dark fruit and oxidized. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Dry and moderate bitter finish. 170713

4.3
fiulijn (20515) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 25, 2006
Clean dark brown color; thin creamy head. Aroma of malt, caramel, roses, Full mouthfeel, malty, with toffee and a lot of caramel, ending with a good hopping (strong and partially resinous), and light roasted malt and roasted nuts. Original. Solid. Dangerous.

4.4
rlgk (18850) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 5, 2006
Dark amber, nice offwhite head. Aroma brings some hops but most of all malts, buttery, some x-mas spices, chocolate, coffee, figs, vanilla and toffee. Gtreat malty flavor, some toffee, vinous and with a great body, hoppy, pleasant finish with some pepper. Dry palate.

3.5
saxo (18302) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 8, 2007
Bottle. Nice head with good duration. Color is ruby amber. Aroma is rich and complex. Taste is sweet with spices and fruit. Alcohol in finish.

3.7
mcberko (17845) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 17, 2010
12 oz. bottle, pours dark amber. Aroma of English malts and sweet dried fruits. The flavour reveals much more complexity, with the aforementioned English malts and sweet dried fruits, along with prominent wood and hazelnut. A little cloying in sweetness, but this is a great winter warmer.

3.3
Oakes (17681) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 20, 2007
Dark brown-amber colour. Toffee & dark fruits on the nose with hints of alcohol. Toasty, breadcrusty earthy strong ale with an overriding hop character.

3.7
TBone (17542) - Pori, FINLAND - JAN 22, 2006
Bottled
Dark ruby red, small expresso head. Coffee nose, a bit rye and barley in it. Medium-bodied, roasted, a bit ryeish flavor with some cold coffee in it. Hides alcohol perfectly.

3.5
chrisv10 (17435) - DENMARK - JAN 29, 2010
12 oz bottle. Park reddish body with very small off-white head. Flavour is malt, caramel, dark fruit and hops.


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