RATINGS: 1014   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21/5   IBU: 34   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
English Strong Ale with a malty taste, unique and different, a true Flying Dog original.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Reviewed 12/17/2012. 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. A: Pours a dark chestnut color with a good amount of clarity. While the offwhite colored head has a nice texture, it quickly fades into a very thin collar - and isnt impressive to start with at less than one finger. The body is pretty beautiful, at least. S: Has a definite graham cracker and chocolate vibe to the aroma. When given the chance to warm up, it develops a prune-like character to it. There isnt much in the way of spicing other than a touch of cinnamon. T: Im surprised how bitter this is. There is almost no sweetness to the caramel and toasted malts - if there is, I sure as shit dont notice it. Normally, this is a good thing for me. But this bitterness works against everything else, ruining both the balance and potential subtleties the spicing could have provided. After a while of warming up, some Centennial hops seem to make an appearance after the midtaste, almost as if its trying (and failing) to ape SN Celebration in a manner. Not horrible, but everything just seems out of whack, and without any distinctness to any of the flavor notes. M: The finish is dry and astringent. The problem is, its not in a balanced manner, increasing the harshness of it. Even worse is the general chalkiness of the feel, which Im no fan of either. All it does is make the texture feel thicker without really feeling substantial. O: STs 2XMAS planted a seed of doubt toward my general dislike of winter warmers. Even if its not a great example of the style, this makes me remember why I dont really care for the typical winter warmer. It feels off for some reason.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cristobal37 (870) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JAN 11, 2017
On tap at Hopaholic Budapest. Dark ruby. Caramel and cherry aroma. Nice bubbily English ale. I like English pub ales and nothing beats the real thing but this is a nice one. Worth sippin in the winter.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Almogabar (11) - MARIA DE HUERVA (ZARAGOZA), SPAIN - JAN 11, 2017
Botella de 33 cl comprada en Liquidos (Zaragoza). Color Aroma no muy pronunciado, presencia de especias y levadura. Color caramelo muy oscuro, apenas espuma. Sabor marcado, fuerte, demasiada presencia de alcohol. Notas de caramelo y vainilla. No est logrado el equilibrio en esta cerveza de invierno.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kaserov (362) - Oviedo, SPAIN - JAN 9, 2017
Color caoba, medianamente turbio, con capa de espuma marrn de dos dedos de grosor (buena retencin). Carbonatacin media. Aroma a cacao, frutos secos (nuez, avellana), vainilla, canela?. El sabor sigue al aroma, con un toque picoso final debido al cardamomo (no es picante realmente, es una sensacin). Textura acuosa (hubiera preferido algo ms de cuerpo y/o cremosidad). Muy rica.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
R4N5H (935) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 3, 2017
33cl bottle from Whole Foods, Piccadilly Circus and poured into a snifter on 31-Dec-2016. Chocolate brown in colour with a healthy sized fluffy beige coloured head. Aroma of cocoa, malt and spices. Medium body and soft carbonation. Taste of chocolate malt, vanilla and cinnamon. Light bitterness, with a creamy mouthfeel and a bittersweet finish. Not bad for a seasonal.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
alteregoo (1141) - POLAND - JAN 3, 2017
Piana średnio oczkowa, szybko opada do firanki. Barwa ciemno brązowa, klarowna. W aromacie jak najbardziej wyczuwalne dodatki, zwłaszcza kardamon wybija się na tle karmelowej podstawy, poza tym trochę orzeszkw coli, toffi... W smaku płsłodkie, karmelowe, mocno kardamonowe, gdzieś w tle odrobina kakao (czy bardziej mlecznej czekolady) i wanilii. Ziołowa goryczka, wysoka, długa i zalegająca, do tego szorstka faktura ze średnim do niskiego wysyceniem nie sprzyjają pijalności. Rozgrzewający alkohol.
Nie jestem zwolennikiem kardamonu a tu jest on dominantem w zapachu jak i w smaku. Dodatkowo zbyt długa i toporna goryczka...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
DialSquare (4617) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2016
12oz bottle from Giant Eagle in Upper Arlington: copper pour, red tint, big eggshell white head. aroma of caramel, dark fruit, spice. tastes are sweet malty, berry, brown sugar. thin watery palate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Scipio (867) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2016
Pours brown with a smooth, thin, beige head that lasts a long time. The aroma is very faint, though I can detect spice, cinnamon, and roasted malts. The taste is bitter and has an unusual herbal flavor. Additionally, there are traces of chocolate, toffee, roasted malts, and raisin. The aftertaste is herbal with some raisin. Medium in body, with a thin texture, and subtle carbonation. This wasnt for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cokemonkey11 (665) - - DEC 26, 2016
Bottle. Pours dark brown to black with a thin brown head residing in a ring. Scent is light caramel and medium toasted malt. Taste is some cinnamon and some Winter spice flavors that as a bit overwhelming but the ale is there. Finish is dry and a bit sour. Quite good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gripweed57 (1433) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - DEC 17, 2016
12 ounce bottle. Pours a ruby red color with a small creamy beige head. Faint roasted malt nose with cocoa and dark fruit notes. Strong notes of cardamom, cocoa and red berries up front. Rich maltiness in middle with a touch of Brown sugar and vanilla. Light spicy hops in finish. The 7.4% ABV provides a warming comfort.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Torrefacto (1523) - Madrid, SPAIN - DEC 17, 2016
Caoba oscuro y limpio con espuma color crema. Aromas de toffee, caf, caramelo, chocolate, nuez, toque de piel de naranja. Cuerpo maltosa con sabor como en aroma y final seco ligeramente tostado.

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