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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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3.1
Oakes (17274) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 16, 2005
Draught, at the brewery

Dark amber colour. Slightly chocolatey, minty, sprucy aroma - none used, though. A little bit thin. Accent is towards toffeeish, slightly chocolatey malt notes.

3.3
JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 16, 2005
Dark brown with ruby tint. Fruity and malty aroma, maybe a bit of spruce. Caramel and crystal malts play a prominent role in this one. Light butterscotch flavour, fruity. Low hop aroma, but a decent amount of bitterness rounding it off Similar to their scotch ale.

3.5
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 7, 2005
Bottle pours brownish tinted amber, heavy on the brown, slightly hazy, monsterous tannish hued foamy head, with excellent lacing.   Hop bitterness, roasted malts, and carob on the nose.   Smells interesting enough.   Taste is malty, biscuity, fairly sweet, with a soft hop background.   Enjoyable body, with a medium mouthfeel.   Lingering hop bitterness on the finish.   Not bad!


2.4
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - JAN 7, 2005
Ever tasted a beer and found it a bit...off and then went to look to see what others have said about it? I couldnít agree more with what TAR stated below, so Iím going to leave it at that. Something is seriously wrong here and after a few swallows of this bomber, itís likely going to be a drain-pour.

2.8
TAR (2742) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - DEC 16, 2004
Hazy, nearly opaque brick red. Sticky off-tan foam of large and small bubbles. Unexciting, airy aroma with a mixture of plummy malt, caramel, and subtle, but zesty, medicinal phenols. Mild scents of bubblegum. Loosely fuzzy and stingily spritzy. Harshly alcoholic and fairly tangy with leathery astringency gripping the back of the throat. Progressively less clean with brash phenolic spice that has just begun to develop, which adds more sharpness to the alcohol, and, along with the carbonic spritz, washes away any subtleties that lurk beneath. Overripe plum flavors spoil the finish and compound the astringency as phenolic-laden alcohol and lead shavings run rampant. Even in small amounts, this is tough to stomach. Fragile/infected or just old? Iím guessing the former.

3.6
Verne (263) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - APR 6, 2004
Dark brown a little on the red side, medium sized creamy head that diminishes rather quickly but never goes completely down. Mildly sweet lightly toasty hops take over and dry it out in the end.

3.9
TimE (5793) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 16, 2004
A well balanced body of chocolate, fig, toffee along with some soft caramel notes and a mildly hoppy finish

3.8
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 31, 2003
The color a translucent sanguineous color with the head Herculean in size and creamy in consistency, the color a toothsome light tan with the lace a mile thick atmosphere to save the glass from oxygen deprivation. Nose has a splendid hop floral aroma, under pinned by sweet malt, crisp, clean and fresh, over used I know, well at least as far as Iím concerned. Start is ambrosial, nicely malted and the top fair to middling in its feel, finish benignly acidic, hops out front in their spiciness, dry and lingering aftertaste, a fine example of a hopped up ďWinter WarmerĒ.

4.3
Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 25, 2003
This stuff wants me to make a raodie up to WA. For an English Ale, this stuff kicks ass. So malty & floral with a perfect balance of malt. I love these guys.

3.6
Suttree (6361) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 23, 2003
Reddish Brown, thin brown head. Smells of Licorace and Malt. Flavors of licorace, nutmeg, cherry pie, and gingerbread, plus some woodsy hoppiness. Crisp, dry finish. Tasty!


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