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RATINGS: 116   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This is a tasty Winter Ale to snuggle up to, released for the winter months when snow blankets the terrain of the mind and the body craves warmth and, let’s be honest, it’s dark and wet most of the time so your beer better be damn good. Winter Ale is dark like the weather with roast chocolate and warm malt flavors balanced by Noble hop aroma and subtle hoppy spice. Warm up to it. Because Beer Matters!

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3.9
stevoj (5638) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 4, 2017
Can from Boise Co-op. Dark pour, near black, small ring of brown head. Aroma is roast grains and chocolate. Taste is very rich, smooth bitterness. Chocolate, latte, burnt toast. Just shy of a porter. Really tasty.

4
donandres (681) - Makati, PHILIPPINES - NOV 24, 2017
Thursday, November 23, 2017 11:30 PM
12 ounce can poured to tulip glass
Sight: Dark brown to black, small light brown foam
Smell: fragrant, malty aroma
Taste: very good, low to medium bitterness, bold and complex
Feel: Creamy mouth feel, sudden drop, sweet/alcohol follow through, bitter aftertaste Overall: very good beer with good aroma, good winter warmer, I would have like it to be bolder and complex and holds longer in the mouth

3.1
Gerbeer (4048) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 15, 2017
12 oz can. Pours a dark brown colour with full head. Aromas of brown sugar and sweet toasted malts. Flavours of flat cola, burnt sugar, toasted malts and dry Xmas spice. Just doesn’t come together for me.

4.1
andrewje41 (4344) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - MAR 3, 2017
It’s fun when you are trying to rate a brewery more, and then you scroll through all the rare beers you’ve had from them, and find one of the easiest beers to get, and somehow, it hasn’t been rated. Though i honestly haven’t tried this once since the name changed so it feels like s brand new beer anyway. Its also fun to try the base beer of so many crazy good beers, amd look back at the experiences. Beer really does matter, and for that, i say cheers to these guys. Draft pour at Hop and Hound, Bothell. Chocolate, dark brown pour with a ton of foam head and lacing. A constant roasted character here, that’s intriguing and interesting. Some chocolate, a.little nutty. Pleasant. Cool, and warming at the same time. An ideal winter beer here. Very well done.

3.6
Beaver (1853) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 12, 2017
12 oz can. Pours brown with a big frothy creamy tan head that retains well and laces the glass a little.



The aroma is sweet roasted chocolate and caramel malt with a little fruit.



The flavor is sweet chocolate and caramel malt with some dark fruit and molasses and a bitter chalky roast finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.



Overall, a decent winter warmer.

3.1
Dfonorow (2274) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2017
Bottle share @ Hampton Inn pre-DLD 2016. Pour is deep brown with a small khaki head. Aroma and flavor of roasted grain, toffee, mild bitterness, caramel, and spice. Finish is boozy and spicy.

3.9
beerplace (2146) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 20, 2016
On tap at Elizabeth Station. Nitro. Aroma roasted malt, some fruity notes and sweetness. Taste is very smooth, with pleasant moderate sweetness and bitterness, roasted malt and chocolate notes. Very pleasant and smooth.

3.5
djd07 (15651) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2016
On tap at the brewery. Pours a very dark brown with medium beige head that lasts. The aroma is spice and cocoa. Medium body, roast, brown sugar, wood, spice, dry finish.

3.1
sebastokrator (129) - - NOV 16, 2016
Black with some bubbly tan head. Nose has a lot of dark roasted malt, chocolate, and maybe dried plum. Taste is chocolate, toffee, and some roasted malty bread. Finishes bitter. Full bodied with low to middling carbonation. Not bad.

3.8
fiulijn (21399) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 16, 2016
Draught at the brewery, as Winter Ale, 7.5% ABV
Black color with creamy tan head. Solid ale, with a solid roasted malt backbone, and dark chocolate.
Very nice.


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