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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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
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 Im 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 Winter Warmer.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 19, 2008
amber color shines through the fire light at the ber tavern in Seattle. Faint white head with a pine and citrus aroma. Lightluly sweet toasted malts are quickly overwhelmed by a strong hop finish

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 20, 2005
This brew pours with a muddy brown body topped by a medium thick head with a good amount of lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet and malty with a slight caramel note, a touch of alcohol and a little dark fruit. The flavor is slightly sweet and malty with a slight roastiness and a little hops, as well as, a little sourness. Medium bodied, slightly dry and a touch warming.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldMrCrow (2434) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 13, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2006

On tap at the College Inn in Seattle. Pourrs a deep red-bown with a limited and short-lived head. The flavor is intense in both hops and dark malt, though well rounded on both accounts, slightly sweet on the palate with a nice bitter hop finish. Unfortunately, this one didnt have the sort of staying power I would have liked to have seen; halfway through I was beginning to lose interest (and beginning to lust for the Diamond Knot IPA that would follow; perhaps this is more the fault of that superb Diamond Knot brew than that of the present beer.) The beer felt increasingly cloying and less refreshing by the sip.

Nonetheless, this is not a bad offering at all - quite a passable seasonal in the Pac NW style.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
robforbes (2233) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - APR 28, 2010
pours a semi-cloudy dark brown with a red tint, a very small tan head, and good lacing. smell is faint, some spice, some malt, and a touch of caramel. taste is thick, nutty, spice, toffee, peanut butter in the back, and malt, ends on the oily side.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - DEC 16, 2007
rich black core, brown around the edges, fluffy full head that fell to a film and left nice lacing. warm attic dusty sugary aroma. rich molasses sweetness, very satisfying. floral hop finish cleans the palate for the next sip.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lagerboy (2166) - British Columbia, CANADA - APR 7, 2012
Deep dark copper, creamy tan head lasts.Dark roasted malt aroma. Bitter burnt dark malt taste, a soft caramel and toffee sweetness and dark fruitiness emerges as it warms. Moderately hopped, softly carbed, medium bodied. Finishes sweet and bitter. NFL (Not For Lagerboys)

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - DEC 1, 2006
Draft at Collins Pub. Pours a clear mahogany with an off-white ring of foam. Fruit and nut aroma. Medium body and light carbonation. Tons of vanilla and bananas in the taste, along with nuts and malty caramel. Clean finish.

1.4
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Prufrockstar (2122) - Moscow, Idaho, 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

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 1, 2008
From a 22 ounce bottle--Poured a deep amber-mahogany body with a creamy beige head. Creamy, hoppy, sweet, nutty, bready nose. Light toasty crisp hops presence. Toffee, vanilla, citrus finish. Very tasty!


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