RATINGS: 576   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
Our "winter warmer" ale, brewed with copious helpings of English malts and US and English hops, a ruddy hued "Imperial ESB" in style. Full malty flavors dancing with powerful hop aromas and a lingering, firm hop bitterness. Seasonally available from mid October to February.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BierMeHoos (587) - Maryland, USA - NOV 17, 2014
Poured from 12 oz bottle. Appearance is caramel brown with gold highlights. Aroma is bready, with caramel and molasses hints. Taste is very malty, with a strong cinnamon flavor, with supporting caramel and molasses and nutmeg. Overall very good, went well with stew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Quick3Beers (1106) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 17, 2014
A relatively well balanced ESB, hoppy and malty with a good mouthfeel. Good winter seasonal

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mikem409 (2015) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - NOV 11, 2014
Tap at station on nitro. pour is copper color with tan head. aroma of spice and malt. taste is same. nice spice note and a slight sweet malt backbone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
snoworsummer (5387) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 18, 2014
Draft at the brewery. Pours clear copper brown with a fizzy bubbly white head. Tastes like dry bitter pine hops, with sweet grapefruit, doughy malt, sweet candied grapefruit. Light/medium body and low carbonation. Smells like sweet doughy malt and grapefruit hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
maekchu (3730) - Hirakata, JAPAN - SEP 3, 2014
Bottle from Village Wine and Spirits. Large caramel nose, dark fruit, sugar, all a bit harsh and fumey. Pretty reddish/brown color. Harsh caramel initial, roast malt, sugary, and overly rich fruit. Medium body. Lots of flavor, but mostly rude.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (9827) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 9, 2014
Bottle from old backlog notes. Pours a clear orange amber color with a small beige head. The aroma and flavor have toasted bready malts, mild sweetness, caramel, floral, mild pine resin, moderate bitterness, decent enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
koleminer20 (3209) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 14, 2014
12 oz bottle into an English pint. The pour is a clear darker ruby or garnet color, with a thin, finger-high, off white head and a decent amount of spotty lace left behind. The aroma is strong on a caramel malt and a good bitterness to it. There is a nice resonating dark fruit dominance on the back end, and its not overwhelming, but its solid. The flavor is a bitter blast up front, but transitions nicely through a good sweet malt and a solid caramel finish. The dark fruits arent really present here in the taste, but the bitterness makes up for it. The mouth feel is a little thin, but there is a nice carbonation and a good dry lingering aftertaste thats quite bitter. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
vlan1 (219) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 4, 2014
Draft sample. Pours a light cola brown with a moderate head. Little hop aroma, some doughy bread on the nose. Smooth taste with your typical bitter ESB aftertaste. Pretty decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rumproasts (5313) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 26, 2014
bottle. Amber with one finger head. Smooth malty base with caramel and nut. Moderate English hops balance the flavor profile. Excellent ESB.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Bottle. Aroma has notes of caramel, nuts, toasted malts and bittering hops. Dark amber hue with an average foamy head that mostly diminished and left no lace. Flavor is very sweet and bitter. Palate is full bodied and watery with an average carbonation. Overall an okay brew.

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