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RATINGS: 576   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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3.4
madsberg (11770) - Søborg, DENMARK - APR 27, 2011
Bottled. Amber coloured. Small off white head. Aroma of flowers, citrus, some pine and caramel. Flavour of fruits, flowers, herbs, citrus, pine. Medium to full bodied. Caramelly bitterness in the end.

3.5
shrubber85 (11411) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - NOV 3, 2007
Bottle. Pine hops and caramel malt aroma. Dark amber color with large tan head and nice lacing. Moderate piney hops flavor - light caramel malt. Nice hoppy beer - basically what I’d expect an "Imperial ESB" to taste like - a malty I2PA.

3.8
hopscotch (11113) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2005 Bottle... Hazy, orange ale with a small, frothy, off-white head. Floral aroma with huge pine and toffee and ultra light cocoa. Malty and citrusy flavor. Lightly sweet up front, followed by moderate bitterness and earthiness. Full-bodied with lively carbonation. Lengthy, bitter, piney finish. Tongue numbing and soul warming! Definitely a different beer than last year’s Imperial IPA... not as complex, but definitely enjoyable!

3.5
daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 28, 2008
bottle, total wine. nice amber pour with a tan head. aroma is fruity, spicy, and some juicy hops are present. flavor is very malty and slightly sweet with a nice hop bit gets you throughout. pretty good.

3.4
kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Name: Heavy Seas Winter Storm
Date: 12/03/2005
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Strong Ale fest, 2005

clear amber, faint sweet spiced aroma, dry malt flavor, touch of spicy hops, nice bitterness,
-------- /> Name: Heavy Seas Winter Storm
Date: 12/12/2006
Mode: draft
Source: taco mac

fine tan head with lots of lace, draft aroma and flavor follows last years bottle, some nice caramel sweetness to balance the light spices, a biscuit character comes out with warmth to give it a nice spice cake essence, bitter finish is very light

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.4/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+/4

4.7
DocLock (10706) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2005
Wow, I expected this to be a run-of-the-mill winter ale. What I got was one of the best beers I’ve quaffed all year. The pour was deep copper with a 2-finger off-white head. The aroma is bready caramel malts, huge resiny hops, honeydew, tangerine, and spices. The flavor was caramel malty with gigantic hops and some mid-palate brown sugary citrus, including grapefruit, tangerine, and pineapple. Very complex, dense palate. This one is absolutely delicious. You need this!

3.8
pivnizub (10624) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - NOV 22, 2007
Bottle (big thanks to Jonas !) Almost clear, copper coloured, small, slowly collapsing off-white head impressive mix of resinous, herbal-hoppy aromas, sweet dark malt and dried fruit in the nose; almost dryish solid bitter-sweet flavour, medium bodied; lingering dry bitter finish, accompanied by herbal hops and dry fruits. Superb stuff, very well balanced, very well hidden alcohol........

3.7
Fin (10542) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 12, 2008
On tap at David Copperfield Pub New York 20-11-08. Pours red amber with a white head. The aroma is a bit sweet and malty and taste is crisp hops but also sweet and malty much like aroma suggested, there is a nice lingering bitterness. It’s a fresh full flavoured beer, quite decent winter offering lacks a good spiny edge to it but decent enough. A7 A5 F7 P4 OV15 3.7

3.6
alexsdad06 (10436) - West Chester, 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.

3.6
jercraigs (10374) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 5, 2006
Dark amber brown, small off white head. Moderate hops in the aroma are a bit leafy. Moderate bitterness in the flavour, earthy malt, vague hints of celery. Alcohol is not at all prominent. Average to medium palate (3+). Servicable.


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