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RATINGS: 87   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A strong ale or "Winter Warmer" with dark red-brown color and a very rich malty flavor. Dry-hopped lightly with Cascades for a pleasant aroma and slightly spicy hop finish. This big beer is deceptively strong, yet tastes very smooth thanks to extra long cold conditioning.Original Gravity: 1.072

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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (6159) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 23, 2010
(22oz bottle thanks to AmEricanbrew) clear brown with light tan bubbles. Nose of butterscotch, caramel, and brown sugar. Taste of brown sugar, toast, caramel, vanilla with a slick creamy finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
raphael (1230) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 14, 2010
aroma a spice or two, caramel, plum, resiny hops. taste wood smoke, brown sugar, that spice or two, nice hop bite. alcohol on the exhale, sweet finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 10, 2010
Bottle thanks to americanbrew. Pours with a hazy brown-amber body and an off-white head. Aroma of brown sugar, dates, a bit of age, molasses, and raisins. Taste is raisins, oak, currant and burnt caramel. Taste is big, large and creamy.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 25, 2010
Bottled. Red brown pour with a big, persistent beige head, leaves a lot of lacing. Smells malty and bready, dank earth, a little nutty. Drinks a bit like their scotch ale, malty and bready, some caramel and toastiness, but has more of a hop bite to it. Finishes a bit earthy and spicy. I liked this, but it seemed like it could be way more awesome.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 23, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2010 Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro--Cabin Fever Winter Ale--1998 22 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV. (3.75 / 5.0) Winter Ale. Told this was an amped version of the Scotch Ale. Cloudy red brown color. Very dry. Light spice front with assertive hints of hops. Not really Scotchy; tasty, but hard to Classify, Define, or Rate. Sampled 12/12/1998. Boundary Bay Brewing Company--Cabin Fever--A Winter Ale--2010 22 oz. Bottle. 7.00% ABV. 55 IBUs? (4.25 / 5.0) Winter Ale--Roasted. Foamy dense lacy light tan head. Clear deep dark ruby brown color. Rich roasted spicy floral hop mild malt fruit front. Malty sweet spicy herbal hop infused crusty roasted earthy toffee mild fruit body. Rich malt hop spice cinnamon hint dry sweet mild hot end. Sampled 12/11/2010. Purchased for $4.75 @ Full Throttle Bottles, LLC, Seattle on 12/9/2010.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 15, 2010
On tap at Eastside Club in Olympia. Pours dark brown with a thin white head that is quickly fleeting. Has a big chocolate malt flavor with a nice licorice backwash. Theres a big chocolate aftertaste that lasts a long time. The palate is only medium and might even be considered a bit harsh.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
humulushound (244) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 28, 2009
Appearance amazes and entices in a snifter with a deep brown and ruby hues when held to the light. Fine tan head with impressive lacing. A rich caramel and candy-cane malt wafts into the nose with dark fruit, ripened bananas and light vanilla undertones. Flavor is malt-forward with nuts, molasses and bitter chocolate hiding in the background. Finish is warming, and hop-spiced with a dry mouthfeel, my least favorite characteristic of this beer. I was hoping for something velvety smooth and soothing but instead I am left craving a little water to moisten my palate. A decent effort though.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
highibus (819) - Vail, Arizona, USA - NOV 17, 2009
pours a deep crimson with thin off white head and a bit of lacing. a bit over the top sweet bit nice carmel and plum notes. potent and warming. overall very nice.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - FEB 8, 2009
Sampled at Backus Backyard Bash. Clear brown with a thin beige head. Caramel and toffee nose, a bit roasty. Malty flavor, kinda weak, not much carbo, feels dead. This didnt do it for me. Meh.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
riversideAK (6260) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JAN 21, 2009
Bottle from after4ever. Thanks Tom. This one has a nice malty aroma of dark fruits, brown sugar, chocolate, toffee, caramel, a touch of spicy hops. Pours a great dark brown tone with wonderful deep red hues and a meringue khaki head that never leaves. The flavor has more notes of toffee, caramel, dark fruit, chocolate, some sugary sweetness, light roast in the back end with a moderately dry hop bitterness. Creamy drinking with its light carbonation, and a touch of warming alcohol. This was pretty nice.


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