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RATINGS: 1233   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
demannu (419) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 3, 2015
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2015 Reddish brown pour, slight head that fades quickly. Aroma is sweet, high mal (toffee), slight fruit. Palate is smooth with a semi dry finish. Aprreciated the absence of spices considering its a quality that is typical of the winter beers. Flavor was pretty flat with straight sweetness with a slight nuttiness towards the end. Fairly simple overall.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tiong (6714) - Espoo, FINLAND - AUG 28, 2015
355ml bottle. Pours dark reddish brown with a small head. Aroma of caramely malts, toffee, syrup and sugary sweetness. Taste is sweet, malty and syrupy with some toffee. Finish is sweet, heavy and warming with loads of syrup, toffee and caramel. Too sweet and messy.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernest (7476) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2014 2014 bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white to light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is dark brown. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (caramel, nuts), lightly hoppy (apricot), lightly yeasty (dough). Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium to full body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic. Rather quiet nose this year, caramel and not much else. Sweet and fairly syrupy in the mouth, drinkable but barely. Kinda surprised that even the brewers like this as-is...seems phoned in this year.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (13581) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 8, 2003
Clear mahogany body wuth small beige head. Aroma is caramel, malty, slightly sweet and slightly roasty. Flavor is chocolate with nice coffee bitterness. Finish is a bit roasty, and a bit cloying. Medium body. Tasty, but nothing special.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
motelpogo (7705) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - SEP 30, 2004
bottled. certainly quite christmassy, aroma of raisin and a fair whiff of alcohol which was a little brandyish. quite sticky, decent roasted bitterness, a bit too sweet and with a little slighty rotten tang in the finish but still warming and pleasant

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2004
Subtle Aroma and Flavor. Crisp, Hoppy...Fruity? Hoppy Ending. Not My Favorite Winter Ale.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kramer (6306) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2005
12 oz bottle via trade w/ Sprinkle. Pours a dark ruby with a thin foamy 1" head. Mainly malty nose with supporting notes of spice, yeast, and alcohol. Flavor is malty with minimal hop presence. No hint of spices that the nose indicated (after reading comm. desc. I guess I was right). There is some oxidation here as well. Lighter bodied with soft carbonation. Not a bad Winter Warmer, but rather thin and bland to my tastes. Im wandering if maybe this was from last years release. I might question their "cellarable for 2 years" claim. This just didnt seem big enough to stand up to any significant aging.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mephisto (1286) - TAIWAN - DEC 29, 2005
malty nose with opaque brown hue topped w/ brownish head. floral aroma thats apparently dry hopped, although the hop presence is less felt in the body.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 6, 2006
Bottle. Pours to a deep mahogany body with a thick rocky tan head. Leaves some pretty nice lacing. The aroma is what I would call nutty with a light cardboardy toffee scent. Not all that appealing. The flavor is chocolate coffee and toffee. Some undiscernable nuts. The palate is earthy and medium bodied. Not really a fan of this beer overall.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
SRAorion (19) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 22, 2006
Pours dark opaque brown. Aroma carries hazelnut and sweet carmel. Flavor has a carmel toffee and herbal begining works into a dry hoppy finish watery no lingering flavor after the first few sips I got bored. Sorry but I did not dig.


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