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RATINGS: 575   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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3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NikkTwist (3345) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2012 Draft at Khyber Pass and again at Sugars. Poured a slightly hazy red amber brown with a frothy white head. Bitter malts. Like a slightly sweet molasses tea made with a piece of burnt wood. Coffee notes as it warms. Higher ABV kicks in at the end. Pumped up ESB but seems lacking in character beyond a few notes.


3.2
HourGlass13 (1051) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 19, 2017
Clear amber colored pour, with a medium beige head, and spotty lace. Aroma is mainly malt, and some hops. Taste is malt that trys to stays big through a heavy hop presence. Fairly heavy on the carbonation. Spicy hoppy finish. Solid brew, but also heavy and off-balance. Slightly boozy.

3.5
drowland (9078) - Georgia, USA - NOV 13, 2017
11/10/17. 12oz bottle from Five Points. Dark amber pour with a nice khaki head. Malty aroma, caramel, toast, biscuits. Good flavor, doughy, caramel, toasted nuts, biscuits, bread, black tea. Not bad.

3.4
rdixon77 (3037) - Georgia, USA - NOV 12, 2017
Thanks Danny! Malty, sweet, a bit nutty and doughy. Overall, a pretty good winter warner type beer.

2.7
Bill Becker (1808) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - NOV 2, 2017
From Jan 2008 I got this bottle in a trade with Wasatch. Thanks John! It pours from 12oz bottle a slightly hazy medium gold/brown with a very small head of foam that left the scene quickly. Just a ring around the glass and some spotting left after about a minute. The smell is about equal portions of sweet malt and citrus hops. The taste on first sips gives me a very large caramel malt flavour and some alcohol. A few more sips in and the hops take their place with both grass and grapefruit and some earthy flavour is there as well. It has a medium mouthfeel and it finishes with a healthy dose of grass. A pretty good sipper here but I think the alcohol isn't as well hidden as in other brews of similar abv. Too much warming in the throat.

3.5
BuckeyeBoy (8500) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 11, 2017
12oz bottle thanks to Eric. Pours out a dark brown topped with a tan head. Nose is light roast pit fruit rich malts some nutty wood. Taste is more of the nice grain and touch of spice.

3.3
Bricks (1150) - Delaware, USA - MAR 8, 2017
good looking beer.. brown/amber color, small foamy head. Smell is pretty malt heavy and sweet. Taste is quite sweet, yet smooth... could be a little more carbonated. This is not bad, but not great.

3.4
floydslip (422) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 12, 2017
Deep amber beer with a medium foamy khaki head. Nose of candied nuts, dough, and light caramel. Flavor is quite a bit stronger with caramel malt, brown bread, and almonds finishing with a pronounced astringent bitterness. Flavorful beer.

3.5
RedSox2004 (1975) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - FEB 10, 2017
Beer of the Month Club selection. Clear amber with a small but solid head and spotty lace. Aromas of tea, toast, toffee and hints of leather and floral hops. Caramel malts and toffee sweetness up front offset by a hop kick that adds some bitterness. Medium body and carbonation, sticky oily mouthfeel and a sweet finish.

3.9
OnTheTrail (583) - Virginia, USA - JAN 30, 2017
Pours clear light brown, big beige head. Earthy, licorice aroma. Taste is caramel, hay, spicy, hops. Surprisingly light mouthfeel, but creamy.

3.3
nearbeer (5607) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 18, 2017
12 oz. bb Feb 22, 2017. Clear shiny copper-amber with nice legs supporting a thin film of foam. Mild nose has some rich caramel, light toast and a hint of apple. Flavor is toffee turning to a bit of apple and citrus, then a long wood and cardboard finish. Medium-heavy body has a pleasant low-medium carbonation and shows a bit of the abv.


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