RATINGS: 83   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Known Vintages: Winter 2004

The Winter Brew varies year-to-year. The back label should state what style it is, so make sure you rate the correct style!

Old Dominion Imperial Stout is a brew of extra- ordinary flavor and complexity. It is slightly sweet, with a chocolate character that is especially noteworthy. It is strong and warning but round and soft at the same time.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cvillebeer (134) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 10, 2005
A great version of an Imperial Stout. Full on the palate, but not too sweet as some Imperials can be. Black, smooth and slightly hoppy. I wish they would do this one again.

Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 27, 2011
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Smells of raosted malt, chocolate, some dark fruity undertones. Tastes of rich chocolate, some light spicy character, touches of dark fruit. Enjoyable.

epf33 (227) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 22, 2008
draft: i wouldn’t call it a stout, i dunno what i’d call it, but it’s very full bodied beer, a hint of sweetness. full-bodied.

goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - SEP 30, 2007
Imp Stout 1996: Poured a very dark brown color with a medium sized tan head. The aroma was of aged sweet roasted malt with some chocolate. The malty flavor was sweet and roasty. Light tartness with milk chocolate. Medium bodied.

Winter 2004 version: Poured clear and dark brown with a small tan head. Big milk chocolate notes with some aged malt character. The flavor was a nice mix of milk chocolate, roasted malt and aged malt. Medium body.

kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Name: Imperial Stout
Date: 01/03/1997
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewpub
Vintage: 1996

black, thin tan head leaving spider web lace, sweet chocolate aroma, lots of rich sweet chocolate flavor followed by lingering hints of roasted malt, only slight esters become aparent in the flavor as it warms
-------- /> Name: Winter
Date: 01/07/2005
Mode: Bottle
Source: Whole Foods Market, DC
Vintage: 2004

black, thin tan head, sweet vanilla aroma, big body, rich malt flavor, lots of sweetness, lots of chocolate and vanilla, touch of roasted,like a slightly bigger version of the bottled oak barrel stout where the beer is more pronounced than the special effects
-------- /> Name: Imperial Stout
Date: 03/26/2007
Mode: bottle
Source: tasting
Vintage: 1996

dark brown with see through edges, wispy beige head, drippy lace, lots of roasted and chocolate aroma with noticable oxidation, flavor follows the aroma with the roasted and chocolate and a papery quality, touch of sour fruit in the finish

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 17/20
Rating: 3.8/5.0
Score: ***4
-------- /> Name: Winter
Date: 03/27/2007
Mode: bottle
Source: tasting
Vintage: 2004
Score: 3.5 to 3.7

touch of lace, sweet fruity and light roasted aroma, rich milk chocolate flavor with a touch of roasted, light fruity character,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.7/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **4

Prometheus (160) - Bamberg, Bavaria, GERMANY - OCT 8, 2006
It could’ve been because it was on tap, but I didn’t like this one as much as the Left Hand Imperial Stout. It has a strong chocolate flavor, but it lacked the complexity and smoothness of the Left Hand. I’m going to have to try it again from the bottle, because I get the feeling I’m not giving the brew its fair shake.

NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 1, 2006
Courtesy of Jasonp <P> 2004 12 oz <P> Intense chocolate, roasted and burnt malt notes, coffee and chocolate liquor aroma. Fantastic aroma. Pours a slightly brown tinged black with a creamy tan head that last. Fore is very chocolatey (both dark and milk varities) with bready pumpernickel notes, creamed espresso, dark fruit notes, firm, but not strong alcohol and the finish is burnt and roasty with smooth dark chocolate and vanilla lingering into the far aftertaste. The middle of the flavor profile is like iced chocolate liquor cake..delicious. I guess I just like lower abv Imperial Stouts because I thinkt his is fantastic. It is pretty thin for the style, but the flavor is amazing. Wish i had more of this.

stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2007 pours dark with a tan head, aromas of roasted and chocolate malts, coffee notes, alcohol and hops. flavor is smooth upfront, chocolately, sweet with a hoppy bitter finish.

TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 24, 2006
Old Dominion Winter Brew is changing seasonal, and some yearr it is an Imperial Stout by style, and is a very good one. Dominion uses five different types of malts, and four different hop varieties in this beer. This brew is a rich, roasty, warming, hoppy, flavorful beer, everything an Imperial Stout should be. Bell’s Expedition Stout is my all time favorite in this style, Winter Brew isn’t nearly as big as Bell’s, but it doesn’t have to be. You can have range within a beer style, with beers like Bell’s, and Old Rasputin being on the high end of the scale, and beers like Winter Brew or say Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout on the lower end. All four beers fall into the stylistic parameters of Imperial Stout, and its great that a beer lover can taste different breweries take on this style. Winter Brew pours to a deep black color with a nice tan head, and soft carbonation. The nose on this beer is wonderful. Big chocolate malt aromas mingle with notes of roasted barley, peppery alcoholic strength, and citric, piney hop aroma. This beer has a very "stout" malt back bone. Pale, caramel, black, wheat malts, and roasted black barley make this beer very complex and flavorful. There is a lot going on in this beer, flavors of bitter sweet chocolate, coffee, toffee, and a touch of vanilla, coat the tongue. The body isn’t as hefty as some of the bigger examples, and that makes this beer dangerously drinkable! This beer finishes with more chocolate malt character up front, then leads into a warming, dry, bitter, roasty, high octane burn. Imperial stouts are know for being rich, powerful, roasty, strong brews. Winter Brew has all those qualities. This beer has quite a kick at 8%abv. Another fantastic seasonal from one of the finest breweries in the US. This beer is one to be sipped and savored. I would pair this with red meats, it would work well with a hearty beef stew. This is a great desert beer, match this with milk chocolates, or German chocolate cake.

beachbum25 (1092) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - DEC 28, 2005
Tap-Tiber River Tavern-Ellicott City Md 12/22. Saw this beer on tap & gave it a try, was glad I did. Sweet aroma, not heavy at all even though it poured pitch black. Sweet, malty, chocolatey, nutty flavor. Many levels, very complex. Long, pleasent finish, also sweet. Wasn’t even sure what it was as they were simply calling it a Winter Brew, but after checking w/the brewery found it was definitely the 2004 Winter Brew-Imperial Stout (2005’s is "a big west coast style ale...quite hoppy & rather pale in color"). This place had some left over or found a keg in the back of the cooler. Unfortunately, found they had tapped it out by Christmas!!

mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - DEC 8, 2005
Bottle. Thanks Mike. Deep dark black in color with a little head. Sweet malty roasty aroma. Chocolately and caramel notes. Roasty chocolatey flavor. Smooth. Finish is malty. Decent beer. Drinkable.

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