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RATINGS: 255   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 231   ABV: 7.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Our Winter Ale is a hearty, robust amber ale. We use pale, Vienna, crystal and chocolate malts to create a balanced character of malt and hops with just the right amount of spice to warm you up during the colder months.

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2.5
Borrrris (110) - LINDENHURST, New York, USA - JAN 27, 2007
BOTTLE: Reminds me of a Saranac somehow. Kinda pleasant chocolatey, roasty, slightly caramel, indistinct and less than memorable "winter" type brew, with a less than appealing aroma. Not the best thing they make, for sure.BUY AGAIN? Probably not

2.9
lukin013 (230) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 19, 2007
Sampled at D’s. Dark copper color. Aroma of dark fruits and slightly roasty. Flavor of pears, plums and is a little biscuity. Slightly strange bubble gummy taste and bitter finish.

2.5
Braudog (6907) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2007
Cask at KClinger’s. Deep, dark red with an ice-creamy, frothy head. Has that silky cas feel. Oddly bitter, almost like an unripe pear. Bit of a caramel nectar as a base, but the woody bitterness doesn’t match well. (#2652, 1/14/07)

3.2
rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 21, 2006
Tap @ Goodbar. Copper, slight off-white head. Nose is caramel, slight spicing, decent malt. Flavor is rich caramel, xmas cake, decent bitterness. A bit of bread in the finish. Very English.

3.3
Styles (2016) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - DEC 8, 2006
Bottle from shadey. Standard transparent amber, decnt beige head. Aroma is all spice up front, faint residuel sugar/caramel background. Flavor much the same, spice up front, caramel, and some musty hops in the finish. Probably a decent session beer.

3.3
pineypower (3350) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - DEC 3, 2006
Pours out a clear dark amber color with a small wispy white head. Aroma is nor very powerful, but there are some notes of spice. Notes of caramel, nutmeg, chocolate and some fruit. Some slight bitterness on the finish. Interesting beer.

3.4
PilsnerPeter (3049) - Flushing, New York, USA - DEC 2, 2006
Pours a clear amber with a tan film for head. The aroma is surpsingly fresh, with an orangey hop zest. Nice overall hop flavors as well. The body is a drop thin, but the flavor is full, an orangey citrus, spicy peppery aspect, hint of nutmeg, nice caramel malt undertone and a solid dry finish. Not bad.

3.3
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2006
Bottle. Clear garnet color, quickly diminishing head. Sweet malty and fruity aroma. Cookie malt flavor with some berries and spiciness. Slightly reminiscent of the old Pete’s Wicked Winter Brew, but with a blueberry or grape instead of raspberry infusion. A trace of hoppiness noticeable on the finish. Turns out to be a nice "winter session"--A drinkable take on a malty winter seasonal with a modest ABV.

3.1
willblake (2664) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - NOV 27, 2006
27.11.06 12oz undated bottle. Maple brown color with small but lacy white head. Aroma is sweet, cookie dough, fruity (strawberries?). The flavor is nice if just plain and ’beery.’ More fruitiness and sweet buscuity malts across the flavor. Towards the end, it actually increases in sweetness and has sort of an orange PEZ flavor that lingers along with solid biting bitterness. Not the full bodied winter beer I was expecting, and, in fact, an odd choice for thier winter seasonal, but it’s a decent quaff nonetheless.

3.1
freekyp (2470) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 24, 2006
Light brown with a small thin tan head, this beer had a nice resiny hop aroma. The body had a solid malt undertone, but it was mostly domincated with piny hops. A sharp bitter hop rise at the end says, "I’m here, take another sip". A pleasing amber that does not try to be a big over-the-top beer.


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