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RATINGS: 84   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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3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 30, 2005
Nice sweet vanilla aroma. Taste is malty enough, but came off kind of chemically. Balanced bitterness. Finish was funky and off. I was expecting more, oh well.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 19, 2005
Dark brown rich looking body but the flavour was a little thin. Nice aroma of spruce. Soome flavour, cocoa, in the malts and a smooth finish.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
kathouse (1693) - Nevada, USA - FEB 6, 2012
Pours a deep reddish brown with an off white head. Aroma of caramel and hop. Hop flavor predominates the coffee malt flavor. More bitter in the finish.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nealblind (1684) - 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

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 19, 2007
22 oz bottle - ruby brown with off white head; strong and thick malt aromas mixed in with spices and hops; rich and smooth texture thats not too spicy and comes to a clean finish; decent

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ACHops (1425) - 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.

3.7
   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

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CheersMate (1341) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - DEC 15, 2010
22 oz. bottle from a local wine shop, out of all places. Nice fluffy off-white head. Slightly hazy with a dark copper brown color. Im not seeing anything wrong with this beer. There is a strong presence of yeast in the aroma. Slightly spicy banana, raisin, and booze aroma. This is much fruitier than I expected, but it has some great aromas. A lot more nuttiness comes through when I taste the beer. The aforementioned booze flavor, yeast, and raisin come through subtly. Wow, other than the somewhat astringent booze flavor, this beer is quite good. The texture is almost silky. Job well done from a Northern brewer. Ill have to pay them a visit.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
raphael (1182) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 14, 2010
aroma a spice or two, caramel, plum, resiny hops. taste wood smoke, brown sugar, that spice or two, nice hop bite. alcohol on the exhale, sweet finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kaya161 (1139) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 20, 2003
Citrusy, spicy hop aroma. Deep malty flavour with some spice and a dry, hoppy finish.


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