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RATINGS: 45   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 213   ABV: 7.1%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A rich malty, ruby-red, lightly spiced winter ale, best used for frost removal, holiday toasting, and guaranteed to clear the fog off your glasses. Look for a release right around the first day or Winter.

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3.6
RiverHorse (457) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 29, 2008
On tap at Capone’s, poured a hazy, ruby color with a huge fluffy tan head into the shaker glass with a good deal of lacing. The scent was a mix of hops, chocolate, dried fruits and honey. A very interesting flavor here...with a strong hoppy, piney flavor, balanced off by a heavy, malty, chocolatey finish. I really enjoyed this beer.

3.1
auerbrau (3206) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JAN 20, 2008
On cask at Zeno’s Pub - State College, PA. Aroma is a confusing Cascade and yeast, there’s some clove oils mingled with bubblegum and plant leaf. Pours in deep murky brown-red. Tan head, softly soaping. Flavor is dominated by yeast, bananas, esters, soft chocolate and leaf. I don’t know what this beer is supposed to be, but it’s weird and confused. The flavors aren’t bad...so it crested a 3.0, but they just aren’t really in line. The malt is decent and composed of dry chocolate and light brown sugar. Yeast is probably the most dominant profile in the beer, which is way off style for a Winter Warmer, but they’re not bad yeast products. Finally, a robust hop bill makes for an interesting finish. Palate is respectable and holds up to the cask presentation. All I have to say is that for a Winter Warmer, this beer is a pretty good Dunkelweizen. Enough said.

3.7
FROTHINGSLOSH (8142) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2008
Sampled on cask at Zeno’s in State College PA this beer poured a cloudy dark brown with a large light brown head. The aroma was light floral hops with an undertone of roasty malts. The flavor was lightly bitter with fruity hops and roasty malts that blended into a rather deep and complex swirl of flavors with a hint of chocolate in the finish. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy. The alcohol was very well hidden. A rather interesting and complex brew.

3
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2009 Draught: Aroma of coffee, dark malts, molasses, and a hint of hops. Poured extremely dark brown in color with a small tan head that diminished quickly. Opaque. Good lacing. Heavily sweet flavor. Tastes of malts, coffee, sugar, powdered sugar, and some chocolate. Medium body. Slick texture. Average carbonation. Sweet coffee finish. Too sweet.

3.8
Beerman6686 (6611) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2008
Aroma of malt and faint spices. Appears to have a medium cloudy brown hue. Tastes like mild spices, very clean and crisp which hides the alcohol. Palate is full but not too thick. Good beer that i feel should be rated higher.

3.6
Naka (719) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2008
Growler from the brewery. Pours a deep brown with a very small tan head. Nose of caramel, fruit, and a little alcohol. Has an extremely malty roasted flavor with some chocolate and woody notes. Leaves a spicy, somewhat astringent taste.

3.2
taffurs888 (124) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 10, 2007
At the brewery. Heavy malt taste with some roasted coffee like flavor. Hops taste comes slighty and lingers well with malt and roast. No taste of alcohol.

3.5
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 13, 2007
From my notebook. At the brewery. Dark opaque brown, thin tan head. Aroma is caramel, malt, spices, chocolate, slight maple syrup. Flavor is the same, but not as flavorful as the aroma suggests. This beer is a bit more watery than I expected.

4.2
melange396 (5) - pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 13, 2007 does not count
ridiculously good beer that will certainly melt the snow off of you! nice and dark in appearance, it hides a strong flavor and powerful content. though it tastes very spicy, the brewer has informed us that there were no spices added in brewing.

3
jason (1836) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2007
Draft at Capone’s. Muddy brown body with a very thin head. Chocolate aroma and some cherry. Roasted malt, chocolate taste. Sweet and smooth with a light mouthfeel. Light sugary aftertaste. This was a little disappointing.


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