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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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3.7
riversideAK (6261) - 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 it’s light carbonation, and a touch of warming alcohol. This was pretty nice.

2.9
TheBeerGod (6221) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 14, 2006
GABF 2006. Mahogany with sweet malts, caramel, and dark fruits. Taste is malty, some light alcohol, caramel, and citric fruitiness. Body is medium with some light sticky notes and mild carbonation. Ends with more up front hop notes, light caramel, and creamy malts.

3.8
thirdeye11 (6160) - 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.

3.9
Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - APR 26, 2010
Thanks to AmericanBrew for sharing this bottle. The beer pours a brown color with a tan head. The aroma is strong brown sugar with caramel and toffee. The flavor is very sweet brown sugar along with some raisins and oak. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

3.9
Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - MAR 5, 2017
Poured into a snifter, the appearance was a dark red/brown color with a nice finger’s worth of a level white foamy head. Quick dissipation. Moderate lace. The aroma had a rich nutty maltiness with some vanilla, raisins, caramel and bread. Slightly spicy hops for balance. The flavor leans sweet nutty initially and then opens up for more of a balance with the hops. Still, they’re not too strong and ends up creating a nice lingering bready/malty aftertaste with the spicy hops. Quick balanced finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fair sipping quality about it. Good carbonation. ABV felt at the projected strength and seemed good. Overall, nicely done English strong ale. If I could I would have this again.

3.9
TimE (5816) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 16, 2004
A well balanced body of chocolate, fig, toffee along with some soft caramel notes and a mildly hoppy finish

3.5
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 9, 2007
Bottle: Dark mahogany color with a light sturdy crown of head and a creeping ring of lacing. The nose is fairly hoppy with a spicy herbal hop note, and a burly chewy caramel malt note that follows it up. Nice raisin and toffee notes along with the moderate alcohol and ample hop nose. Bitter hoppy tail, it’s almost enough to take away from the malty body, but it’s still there. I would prefer this without the dry hops actually, but it’s still the end of summer, we’ll see what this is like in the dead of winter once Cabin Fever sets in.

3.5
mar (5415) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 1, 2010
bottle thanks to americanbrew. deep brown with a cream head. nose is caramel malts, yeast, fruits, and vanilla. nice on the palate, flavor is fruits, yeast, caramel, and a light vanilla finish.

3.6
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - DEC 3, 2007
Tap - Eastside Club Tavern - Olympia, WA
Aroma – Dark malts with a light spices and hops. Rich and smooth
Appearance – Dark brown, Clear with a thin head.
Flavor – Nice deep malts with some great flavors. This was a great beer. Some bitter hops and spices
Palate – Smoth and silky this was a great winter ale
Overall –I really liked this beer it was a true festival of the mouth.

3.3
Beershine (5224) - VANCOUVER, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 24, 2011
Draft @ St. Augustines. Reddish dark brown. Malty sweet aroma. Smells boozy. Spices, mostly nutmeg, are subtle and dry our the malts nicely. Not bad at all.


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