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RATINGS: 86   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
Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - SEP 22, 2007
On draught at the Dog & Pony, Renton, Wa. Aroma is caramel forward followed by dried fruit and a light alcohol note. Appearance is dark red/amber with a well retained white head. Flavor is caramel forward as well balanced with light bittering hops, then sour tart dried fruit, dark chocolate and alcohol. Great complexity. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a medium carb feel, slightly spritzy and warm. Overall, this is a very interesting beer that I assume would just get better with time and become a bit smoother.

3.8
CampesinoTino (800) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2011
Bomber. Pours a solid dark reddish brown color with a half-inch of creamy light beige head. Plenty of dark roasted caramel malt notes in the aroma along with some butterscotch, toffee, vanilla and walnut. The taste begins with a strong dose of toasted malt, caramel and dates followed by raisin, cinnamon and woody alcohol notes. The subtle hops presence is spicy and herbal toward the end. The body is smooth and mildly creamy with more sweet malt and alcohol in the finish. The overall flavor is rich, malty and boozy as a good Winter Warmer should be.

2.9
cobaink2 (799) - 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.

3.3
killjoy966 (677) - Washington, USA - NOV 30, 2011
Pint @ The Traveler. Decent winter ale. Not too thick, not too hoppy. Kind of Goldilocks. Can’t believe I haven’t rated this before.

2.4
Gromit (478) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - JAN 7, 2005
Ever tasted a beer and found it a bit...off and then went to look to see what others have said about it? I couldn’t agree more with what TAR stated below, so I’m going to leave it at that. Something is seriously wrong here and after a few swallows of this bomber, it’s likely going to be a drain-pour.

3.5
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - OCT 13, 2002
Very estery aroma with a twang of alcohol and a hint of roasted malt. A dark reddish brown with a persistent but thin head. The body was a bit lacking. Flavor starts estery and sweet fills out with a little raosted malt and finishes bitter. A very nice winter warmer.

2.9
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - JUN 12, 2005
Aroma: some cream, malts, and carmel. Also some fruity metallic scents and some pine
Appearance: very dark brown with a slight reddish tint, light brown head, some lacing
Flavor: sweet, fruity, carmel flavors with a strange off-taste...almost like a metallic lambic taste (very strange)
Palate: very smooth with that weird aftertaste that leaves almost a tartness in the mouth

3.6
asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - DEC 4, 2007
On tap at Winter Beer Festival. Pours a dark reddish-brown with a nice off-white head on top. Aroma is full of malt with hints of hops and spices. Flavor is rich in both hops and malt. Mostly a spicy yet sweet caramel flavor commands the tongue, not overly sweet though. Pretty easy on the palate with no hints of alcohol. Lacking a little bit on body.

3.4
joekinty (263) - rockledge, Florida, USA - OCT 26, 2008
thanks to all at mcbackus throwdown. nice flavors of caramelized sugar vanilla and a slight amount of citrus flavor

3.6
Verne (263) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - APR 6, 2004
Dark brown a little on the red side, medium sized creamy head that diminishes rather quickly but never goes completely down. Mildly sweet lightly toasty hops take over and dry it out in the end.


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