RATINGS: 48   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 213   ABV: 7.1%
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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jason (1834) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2007
Draft at Capones. 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocLock (10465) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2007
Draft at Capones. Deep brownish pour with tan head. Aroma of caramel malt, brown sugar, cinnamon, some chocolate, and hops. The taste seemed a bit muted, with elements of roasty caramel malt, chocolate, Christmas spices, and hops. The palate was creamy and pretty rich initially, but seemed to thin out over time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - FEB 21, 2007
Draft at Capones. Deep mahogany color. Aroma of pine/citrus hops, chocolate, coffee and ripe fruits. A bit of spice. Light to medium body. Not unpleasant.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hopdog (12113) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2007
On tap. Poured a deeper and cloudy/muddy borwnish color with a very small sized off white head. Aromas of pine/spruce, spices, and caramel. Tastes of caramel (stronger than the aroma), spices, and a tough of pine.Thinner body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - FEB 21, 2007
On tap at a Capones tasting. Pours a hazy deep brown with some orange and a very small off white head. Aroma of toasted almost smokey malts, chocolate, kind of earthy, nutty and some pine. Flavor of cocoa, coffee, very dry, some Belgian yeast spiciness (not sure what yeast they used) along with some honey and some pine. Really a lot going on in aroma and flavor. Just not sure exactly what I thought about how it all came together.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nate (4279) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2007
Growler. Has a fruity hoppy nose. Orange blossom and some bitter grapefruit. Sweet licorice and cocoa, too. A touch of spice, perhaps some coriander, and a winter beer aroma with some spices I cant quite finger. Dark, dark brown-black clear; not as dark as the Black Strap but definitely dense. Foamy light tan lacing head. Medium-heavy watery body, with light-medium carbonation. Mild warming. Starts with some chocolaty and licorice maltiness. Mildly sweet with spicy undertones that arent quite as strong as normal Xmas beers, but its definitely of that genre and for colder weather. Malty and rich overall, with a mild spicy nuttiness that lasts on the palate. Mild to medium bitter finish and bittersweet after. A nice winter warmer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
cheap (5705) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2008 How ironic, the breweries that I am closest to, dont get much attention. You take them for granted as if they will always be there. Had this on tap at the Bocktown Bar in Robinson Township Mall. Pours very dark brown and you can barely see into the dark abyss. Tan head. There is no red hue in this what so ever. Wet, slightly burned wood aroma. Flavor is rich with malltyness and hop bitterness. On the first taste it leaves quite an impression. Something akin to run off from a burnt wooden barrel. The finish is a barely endurable roasty astringent linger. It lasts and lingers for quite a while. Way to much personality for me. However, if you like big beers; IPA and impstouts, you better try this. Alittle more offensive than Nosferatu.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lukin013 (215) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 17, 2006
Growler from brewery. Pours a dark brown with mahogany red highlghts and an average tan head. Aroma is earthy, nutty and hoppy. Flavor starts out with a generous dose of earthy brown malt with an interesting roasted nut flavor (kinda like roasted chestnuts). However, an abundance of bitter pine hops quickly drowns out the other flavors. Could be an interesting brew if werent over-hopped, drowning out the more complex malt characteristics. Hopefully this one gets tweaked a little next year.

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