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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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smrtypntss (1) - Redmond, Washington, USA - FEB 10, 2005 does not count
My absolute Favorite!!! The other descriptions tell you what it tastes like, but I just have to say that the bottle doesn’t come anywhere near close than on tap!

4.3
Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 25, 2003
This stuff wants me to make a raodie up to WA. For an English Ale, this stuff kicks ass. So malty & floral with a perfect balance of malt. I love these guys.

4.1
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 23, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2010 Boundary Bay Brewery & Bistro--Cabin Fever Winter Ale--1998 22 oz. Bottle. 6.50% ABV. (3.75 / 5.0) Winter Ale. Told this was an amped version of the Scotch Ale. Cloudy red brown color. Very dry. Light spice front with assertive hints of hops. Not really Scotchy; tasty, but hard to Classify, Define, or Rate. Sampled 12/12/1998. Boundary Bay Brewing Company--Cabin Fever--A Winter Ale--2010 22 oz. Bottle. 7.00% ABV. 55 IBU’s? (4.25 / 5.0) Winter Ale--Roasted. Foamy dense lacy light tan head. Clear deep dark ruby brown color. Rich roasted spicy floral hop mild malt fruit front. Malty sweet spicy herbal hop infused crusty roasted earthy toffee mild fruit body. Rich malt hop spice cinnamon hint dry sweet mild hot end. Sampled 12/11/2010. Purchased for $4.75 @ Full Throttle Bottles, LLC, Seattle on 12/9/2010.

4.1
ACHops (1584) - 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 don’t think this was barrel-aged, but it’s 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 that’s saying something. Would love to see a version of this cranked up to imperial range.

4.1
braznadian (59) - Washington, USA - DEC 13, 2012
I live only 3 hours from this brewery yet it is very hard for me to find. Pours a pretty dark brown mahogany. Thin head that recedes to edges of the glass. Strong bread and sourdough notes with subtle citrus. Taste is balanced though I do wish the hops made a bit stronger appearance. This is more on the malty side. Medium to full body. Maltiness stays on the palate for quite awhile but that suits most wintery beers in my opinion. Has a slight spice finish, from the hops I believe. Very enjoyable.

4
herbstress3 (221) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2002
Great color- very dark and thick. Perfect combination of malt and hops makes this an all around wonderful beer. One of the best winter ales I have had.

4
stantheman (1050) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 30, 2012
On tap at Pumphouse Pub in Richmond. Dark reddish brown colour. Rich malts on the nose. Flavour wise this is a tour de force, if you like a rich and flavourful beer. Rich malts abound, but are tempered by a strong background bitterness. Memorable!

3.9
TimE (5817) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 16, 2004
A well balanced body of chocolate, fig, toffee along with some soft caramel notes and a mildly hoppy finish

3.9
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.


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