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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 3.36/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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We proudly introduce this, our first seasonal beer in the Carrabassett line. Its 6.8% ABV makes it a Strong Ale by style and the rich, creamy, malty base and mellow hop balance make it an instant classic. This full-flavored and medium-bodied beer rounds out an enjoyable day spent outdoors or a cozy evening spent in by the fire.

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3.7
Bulk_Carrier (6064) - Vermont, USA - FEB 6, 2017
Poured into a nonic pint glass, the appearance was a ruddy burnt amber almost muddled brown color with a thin finger’s worth of white foamy head that dissipated at a fairly quick pace. Barely any lace. The aroma had some spicy to earthy to dried grassy mild hops flowing over some a biscuity maltiness and a light caramel to toffee smoothness. The flavor brings together the malts to the hops fairly balanced. Nicely blended malty to hoppy aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a nice sessionability about it. Moderate carbonation feels good on my tongue. Malts seem somewhat slick on my tongue. Overall, pretty good English styled strong ale that I could come back to.

3.1
biz82 (1327) - austin, Texas, USA - APR 2, 2008
Clear dull red, decent head. Fruity, vanilla and toffee aroma with some floral notes. A bit thin in body and more bitter than expected. Not nearly as complex in flavor as the aroma suggests but clean.

3
dutch23mp (320) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2008
First thought to my mind is the spices. The trappist glass is a good way to present. I thought that the head could be more robust. Perhaps a bit over spiced, but that may be why some would enjoy it.

3
kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Name: Winter Vintage
Date: 08/03/2006
Mode: Bottle
Source: Ale Atlanta

hazy yellow, whispy white head, lightly spiced malt aroma with a hint of sweetness, sweet fruity malt flavor, light bitterness,

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *4

3.5
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - JUL 20, 2007
(Draft) Tasty caramel and fruitiness...Pours dark amber with one finger of biscuit head. Aroma of caramel, vanilla, yeast, fruity hops and perhaps nutmeg. Medium-bodied, lightly fizzy. Nice light rings of lacing. Tastes lightly spicy, nutmeg perhaps with light bitterness overlaying and carrying a light-medium bite through finish. Nice yeasty freshness. As it warms a nice caramel maltiness emerges and merges with the hop fruitiness. Pretty solid.

3.9
BigBen2120 (687) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 12, 2007
12oz bottle from Florian’s. Reddish brown translucent body with a quarter inch of off-white head. Aroma is dominated by a slightly roasty, caramel malt character. Flavor is nutty, caramelly, and roasty, with a hint of diacetyl. Medium in body, but a little lighter than expected. Fairly drinkable. An okay beer. Not the best I’ve had from them (either Carrabassett or Casco), but a decent beer anyways.

3.3
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAY 31, 2005
Tastey strong ale that doesn’t impress or offend. Caramel and malt dominated taste. Small head and lacing, pretty much a slightly better than middle of the road Strong Ale.

3.1
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2005
Pours a translucent cherry-wood color with a thin white head. Smells of caramel and lightly fruity with just hints of spice. Taste is fruity and spicy. Some initial bitterness up front followd by a caramel sweetness. Smooth. No fizz in this beer at all but that’s not really a bad thing. Almost flat but lightly sticky on the palate. This is a very drinkable winter ale but really nothing special here. Good for the price but Casco Bay makes a much better winter ale with a similiar price.

3.6
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - APR 28, 2005
Bottle: pours caramel brown with a thin off white head. Big caramel, malty aroma. Flavor is malty with mild hops and bg caramel. NIce. Finish is moderately bitter. Enjoyable.

2.7
Grandpa (327) - Verona, New York, USA - FEB 25, 2005
Clear, dark amber brew with a tight tan head. It looked grea! A bit bitter, a taste that lingered. More hoppy than malty. I missed the promised "creamy, malty base" and found the hops dominated. It lacked the balance I anticipated.


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