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RATINGS: 567   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2006
Interesting, but ultimately more of a showcase for pniey hoppiness than an ESB. Dont get me wrong--I can stomach piney hoppiness, but this beers piney hoppiness clashed with the distinctively mellow ESB malt profile. Something about mild apple and toffee isnt working with the hops here, and despite the fresh hoppy aroma and pretty golden-orange color, I cant say I enjoyed this.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JAN 28, 2006
A brownish red color with a light tan, thin but sustained, lacing head. Aroma contains brown sugar, butter, a winy alcohol, and piney hops. Flavor is nice for a big beer lover. Lots of hops and malt. The hops accentuate the sweetness and create round, perfume-like flavors that increase the bigness of this beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - JAN 16, 2006
Bottle. Hazy ambery orange pour. Malty aroma with plenty of piney woody hops. More citrus piney malty flavors, with some lighter citrus fruits - oranges. Pretty nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kinz (3737) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2006
Interesting. I had this on draft a while back when it was first released. It wasnt in the database yet, and I had no information with which to add it. My inquiry to the brewer got no response. I decided not to add it, since I didnt think I had enough information to put in anything sensible, as even the name of the beer was a bit suspect on the draft menu. In any case, glad to finally be able to enter a rating for the bottle version I found that is fortunately already here on the site. The last beer of the night, after a long day of housework made tolerable by consistent beer sampling throughout the day and evening. Pretty deep amber, ruby notes, slight head fades almost completely. Aroma spicy, bit of spruce, caramel backbone. Flavor is bracingly bitter, loads of hops, dirty pine sap, a bit of caramel, and a definite roasty note. In the end, this sucker is simpley a blast of hop bitterness. Ive long since junked my initial draft notes, but I remember my initial sample having a distinct anise note and a slightly cleaner, fresher hop profile.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JPDIPSO (5796) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 12, 2006
Orange to copper colored liquid with a tall and lasting beige head. Lots of fresh hops aromas. This has some fresh wort aromas, that while not ideal, sure seem nice to me. Moderate heft with a little more zip then I would expect. Rose petals and heavy malt flavors. Quite dry in the finish with a significant bitter linger. Lightly fruity (peaches) in mid quaff. The strength seems to take away from the balance in this one.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 7, 2006
Pours a transparent dark copper orange with a thin, nicely-lacing white head. Fresh citrusy, and mildly grassy English hoppy aroma has a nice caramel malty presence. Starts sweet, fresh and piney with hop resin and lots of crystal malt. Finishes crisp and full in flavor. A well-balanced brew that is practically a double IPA.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (6491) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - JAN 3, 2006
On tap: Big citrus hop aroma. Transparent amber with a small white head and great lacing. Sweet citrus up front with orange and apricot. Huge grapefruit hop finish that lingers for some time in the aftertaste. This really tastes more like a hop-monster of a IIPA than any sort of ESB.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JAN 3, 2006
(bottle - 12 oz) Clear red pour with a soapy and lasting tan head. Mild aroma of hops and floral notes mixed with a touch of malts. The taste is loaded with hops right at the front and then quickly turns into a nice malty flavor. The finish is slightly crisp and rather hoppy and floral with the slightest aftertaste of apple peels, hops and some caramel. Very interesting beer and very tasty.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 30, 2005
Bottle. Thanks argo0. Brown body with medium beige head. Very hoppy in aroma. Flavor is hoppy as well, somewhat malty. I dont really see what is ESB about this beer. It really seems like a malty IPA. Flavor has caramel and citrus prevalent throughout. Decent beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12837) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2005
(Bottle) Pours a clear amber body with a large beige head. Aroma of toasted malt, grapefruit, pine, and a hint of peppermint. Flavor of malt, toffee, and mild hops.


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