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RATINGS: 121   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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Reid (2697) - Salem, Oregon, USA - FEB 10, 2018
22 oz. bottle from JCs Thriftway in Newport OR $5.49 Consumed at Beverley Beach State Park. Pours pitch black with a small yet persistent tan head. Nice aromas of creamy espresso ,hazelnuts and milk chocolate. Some hints of dank hops. Taste is a tad more bitter..darker chocolate and dried fruits..figs . dates. Great thick and smooth Mouth feel. Good beer..but for me more of a Winter Warmer /ESA.

3
crispaire (257) - - FEB 7, 2018
pours as dark as midnight. aromas of toasted malts and coffee beans. the finish is warm, lightly spiced, and fudgy.

4
IndianaRed (5200) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 26, 2018
On tap at PreFunk Nampa. Deep very dark brown. Thin traces of tan lacing. Lots of sharp fresh dark roast. A little licorice and well bittered. This is more like a robust porter I think. Quite dark and roasty. Delicious though. A touch of burnt sugar at the end.

3.7
bytemesis (9622) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 10, 2018
Can. Pours unclear mahogany, medium creamy beige head, good lacing. Aroma is a bit smoky, roasty, rich, coffee, malty. Flavor is light sweet, light plus bitter, hints of dark roast and smoke, Noble hops, nutty. Fullish body, soft mouthfeel. Interesting.

3.1
Quick3Beers (1560) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 8, 2018
Pours a rich chocolate brown from a can, chocolate aroma and chocolate milk flavor, or more like a weak cocoa. Noble hop flavor is kind of a nice backdrop to everything. Good beer.

3.9
stevoj (5957) - 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 (696) - 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 (4215) - 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 (4647) - 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 (1885) - 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.


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