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RATINGS: 86   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ACHops (1500) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 25, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2013 22 oz bottle. Pours a murky amber brown with a thin creamy head. Aroma is caramel, toffee, and solid bourbon notes. Taste is rich lightly roasted malts with nice earthy hop flavors and delicious bourbon on the finish. I dont think this was barrel-aged, but its definitely there. Bottle is maybe 6 months old, so who knows. Hard to believe this is only 7%, tastes bigger. One of the best NW winter beers, and thats saying something. Would love to see a version of this cranked up to imperial range.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
slowrunner77 (11041) - Reno, Nevada, USA - FEB 14, 2017
A little muddled but still a fairly pleasant floral malty brew. Some raisins caramel and bread with a hint of bitterness.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Capa (3009) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - JAN 15, 2017
Deep brown. Sweet malt, toffee, light toasted malt. There seems to be some slightly underdeveloped wet malt in this one. The booze really plays here, too. Decent.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
cobaink2 (561) - seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 29, 2015
Roasted caramel and a little juiciness on the end. Somehow I remember this being a bit more balanced in years past. This seems like just a liquor taste up front with some sideways caramel that quite be explained.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nealblind (1770) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - JUL 7, 2015
red brown pour. Slight tan head. Aroma super fruity apples grapes tobacco. Tastes cinnamon spice. some bitter hard carb full body

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
maxwelldeux (4372) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - MAR 24, 2015
Bottle. Pours a mostly clear dark brown color with a somewhat large tan head on there. Nose seem to have a mix of stale grass and toasted malts to it. Taste is slightly bitter and has a bite to it, but taste a little stale to me. Meh.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (10794) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 14, 2015
Bottle. Pours a clear amber brown with a gray head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma combines bread and biscuit notes with some sweet grains underlying. Flavor has sweet grains and a touch of caramel with some biscuit and a bit of toffee.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ferris (13837) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 15, 2014
Draft - Toasty, nice sweetness and a touch of spice. Cloudy brown with a nice light brown head. Cocoa, toast and some spice with a light boozy finish. Chocolate, candy and light bitterness are also there. A decent winter warmer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (4850) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 14, 2014
On tap at Rokko Beer Diner, 7.2%. It pours a dark ruby brown that is almost black in the glass with a thick fizzy beige head plus good lacing. The aroma is malty with fruity fig plus candied plum notes. Medium to light bodied with a soft smooth mouthfeel but a bit chalky. The taste is nutty, light chocolate, leathery, earthy, sweet candied fruits like apricots... Kind of getting mild fruit cake notes & hints of spices in the finish. Pretty nice enough winter warmer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 29, 2013
Pours dark brown, big tan head Smell sweet, nutty, candy and toffee, bit of caramel Taste sweet, light roast and spice, close to a scotch ale but a bit more hop presence Light to mid body, drinks smooth for 7% Good

1.4
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Prufrockstar (2052) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2013
Bomber. Pours dark brown, practically no head. Practically no aroma? Or taste? Astringent bitter finish. Medium body. Warming alcohol finish. May have gotten a bad bottle. Or this cold has completely crushed my sense of smell and taste. Will re-rate next time I find this. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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