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RATINGS: 1251   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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4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (9765) - Montreal, Quebec, - MAY 12, 2013
My Bottom Line:
Toasted, caramelized malt flavors are inherently spiced by a rye-like character, while potent wooden hops contribute as much flavor as bitterness in this complex, compelling sipper.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A creamy head of foam covers the cloudy mahogany.
-The spicy character seems to come from grain bill and hops. It even develops a marzipan-like personality at times.
-Fruit cake allusions also appear.
-The rich body is rounded out by alcohol warmth.
-The flavor profile is harmonious throughout.
-The finish is balanced.

Bottle.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bricks (1105) - Delaware, USA - MAY 10, 2017
Above avg appearance.. nice color, nice head. Metallic malty aroma. Taste is syrupy, malty, biscuit, molasses. Its alright.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alteregoo (1340) - Kalisz, POLAND - MAY 9, 2017
Piana nieduża, szybko opada do firanki. Barwa mocnej herbaty, opalizująca. W zapachu karmel zahaczający o toffi, melasa, orzechy laskowe. W smaku podobnie, dość słodkie, ziołowe, pojawia się także skojarzenie z masłem orzechowym. Goryczka średnia, tytoniowa, niskie wysycenie, lekko oleiste, lekko wyklejające w odbiorze.
Bardzo przyjemny English Strong Ale, dośc klasyczny, zładnie wkomponowanym, lekko rozgrzewającym alkoholem. Wydaje się podobne do Coopers Vintage Ale, bez porwnania zaś miażdży popularne Innis & Gunn Original czy Youngs Special London Ale.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Korcz (3134) - Warsaw, POLAND - APR 19, 2017
Jakaś dziwna lukrecjowa nuta się plącze. Karmel, melasa, dość dużo ciała. Nieskomplikowane i całkiem przyjemne.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
andrepintado (3260) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - APR 4, 2017
Can. Dark red brown. Thin beige head. Medium bitterness, light to medium sweetness. Medium body. Dry light sticky finish. Aroma and flavour is banana, bread, yeast, caramel, malt, nuts, light chocolate. Lovely!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ordybill (1700) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - MAR 30, 2017
Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass at Taco Mac in Atlanta. The appearance is a reddish brown color with a small tan colored head. The aroma is almost all malt with some nuttiness. The taste is malt with some molasses and some earthy notes.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dysenteri (305) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - MAR 28, 2017
Can. Mahogny red/brown with white head. Aroma of alcohol, cookies, toffe, nuts, earthy, malts. Medium sweet, medium bitter. A bit sticky mouthfeel, a bit too much alcohol feeling

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ciocanelu (2173) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - MAR 21, 2017
Clear mahogany color with a tan film that reduces to a ring. Aroma has dark, caramel malt, dried fruits, mostly raisins. Taste follows with the caramel malt and brown sugar, light earthy bitterness on the finish. Light body and carbonation. Overall its a decent but really simple old/english strong ale.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TeijoA (65) - Turku, FINLAND - MAR 21, 2017
33 cl can. Malty Christmas dark fruit kissel type of aroma. Taste puts the smell to shame though, quite full body with nice hoppiness, taste of licorice, chocolate, also dark fruits and sweetness reminiscent of the aroma in the finish. Positive surprise.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tide (3695) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 18, 2017
Can from a friend. Brown color, white head. Bitter taste with citrus, nuts, toffee, caramel and a bit of hops. Bitter finish with citrus, nuts, toffee, hops, a bit of earthy notes and nuts. Very nice brew.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrJamesMcEwan (243) - SCOTLAND - MAR 11, 2017
Aroma: Sweet raisins and hazelnut. Appearance: Dark ruby with a thin tan head. Taste: Really sweet raisins, hazelnut and brown sugar. Palate: Low carbonation, oily mouthfeel. Overall: Very sweet but nice in a small glass. At Smokin Bettys in Philadelphia.


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