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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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3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
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.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
3fourths (9315) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 12, 2005
I wish I could find out what kind of malts, hops and yeast this beer used... it would help my dilema. For starters, it has a mild spiced pinecone and wood nose, but the flavor has some slightly unpleasent metallic meaty flavors. The entire experience clashes in my mouth: biting, prickly sharp palate, with an unsettling pungent grass or moss flavor. The flavors resemble Hood Canal Big Beef Stout a lot, so Im interested in specifically what is the cause.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2011
From the Jug at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center Denver 18/09/2010 Slightly spicy aroma. Mid brown coloured strong in alcohol and a little sweet on the palate with a hint of dryness in a bitter and nutty malt finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
after4ever (8019) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - FEB 3, 2008
22. Dark mahogany with a thick, creamy tan head that falls quickly away to a little float of sudsy film and a thick web of lace around the glass. Somewhat sour, sweaty aroma with dark sugars afloat.. Medium body with some present carb. Lots of brown bread, black bread, leaves, and caramel on the mid-palate. Some booze bites near the finish, along with some spicy hops. Not quite as good as I remembered it...not unpleasant, but rawer and rougher.

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.

1.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Ernest (7625) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 3, 2005
Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is medium brown. Aroma is lightly malty (cookie), with notes of cinnamon, DMS, plastic. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Obvious problems in the aroma, sour finish, another scary sample from BB.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JAN 10, 2008
22 oz. bottle. Garnet color with a light tan head. Toffee sweet malt smell. Light - medium bodied and lightly carbonated. Smooth texture. Nicely balanced taste of sweet toffee, bitter coffee. Finishes with a medium bitter alcohol tang. A pretty tasty winter time brew from the great northwest. Dec 2004

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
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!


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Suttree (6325) - 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!

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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