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RATINGS: 574   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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2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PanMarek (354) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 30, 2016
Sweet caramel aroma with touches of dried fruit and hops. Pours dark with moderate foam. Hops are more present in the taste and balance the sweetness of the malt. Medium body with soft carbonation. The finish is pleasantly clean and dry.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jmulv (336) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 7, 2010
Malty, earthy, nutty notes with some hops thrown in as well. Taste the alcohol probably a bit more than I should. Not too bad, but a bit underwhelming.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mrant (330) - New York, USA - JAN 17, 2009
Smells of bitter and slightly sour hops, quite strong. Taste is heavy bitter hops, like an esb, with some sour notes as well with a decent malt back. Very nice well-rounded ale that hides the 7%+ alcohol very well

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
theshocker (329) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - OCT 12, 2006
2006 version. Clear, somewhere between red and brown. Hoppy aroma, balanced and smooth flavor. Roughly what Id expect an "Imperial ESB" to taste like.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sinkr (323) - Odenton, Maryland, USA - APR 9, 2008
Bottle->Trappist: Pours a small, off-white head that exhibits good lacing atop a clear dark amber body. Malt aroma is floral with some licorice in there as well. The body is light, texture is oily, and the carbonation is lively. The duration of the flavor is average and is lightly bitter. Not a real favorite of mine by any stretch--too thin on the palate, but not a bad beer and I can see why some would put it higher than what I did, so blame this one on my personal biases.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lampeno420 (320) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - MAR 25, 2008
Nice coppery color with a big frothy head. The smell is pretty mild compared to the large hops in the taste. Kind of a dry feel, and very malty. Im not sure if it should be this watery or not, but it helps the drinkability. I dont think I could drink it everyday, but nice for a change-up.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ehaak26 (315) - - NOV 27, 2016
Bottle from Liquor Barn. Aroma of malt with a dry hop finish. Taste was a good mix of sweet and bitter.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
craig220 (313) - Crofton, Maryland, USA - NOV 3, 2012
Poured a clear amber with a big light tan head. Aroma is caramel, nuts, floral, cereal, pine, and cereal. Taste is floral, caramel, citrus, toast, raisin, and grass. Finish is bitter and long lasting with a touch of alcohol burn.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vas19 (313) - Maryland, USA - DEC 30, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2008 Pours clear ruby red with a thin off white head. Beautiful creamy, floral hop, and caramel aroma. Flavor is very burned and smokey, it tastes like dry, burned hops. Something I really havent experienced before. Interesting. Im enjoying this right now, but it is strange.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ByTheirLimpin (311) - New York, USA - FEB 14, 2016
Poured from the bottle to a tulip. Cloudy mahogany. Thin wispy head didnt stick around. Nose is toffee caramel. The palate is all about the grain bill. Nice balancing with the hops carrying the load through the middle keeping the malts from bogging down the experience. Nice clean finish leaves a little warmth in the throat, doing its job as a winter warmer.


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