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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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3.5
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 haven’t experienced before. Interesting. I’m enjoying this right now, but it is strange.

3.5
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.

2.9
starfireming (309) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 1, 2006
Cloudy red colour, white head with nice lacing. Bitter hoppy aroma. Very bitter taste with a hint of caramel, but lord, is it bitter.

3.5
ruskiimperial (308) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 26, 2010
Poured a mostly clear dark orange with a finger’s worth of head, which doesn’t stick around too long. The aroma had some faint caramel. The taste is heavy on sweet bread, piney hops and even some faint orange peel. The bitterness certainly lingers on the aftertaste. The body is medium.

3.2
GSH1976 (307) - Delaware, USA - DEC 25, 2012
Pours a slightly hazy chestnut color with some ivory head. There is too much brown for me to call it an amber. Aroma is mainly caramel malt with some breadiness. Taste is malty and bready with a little spice and bitterness mixed in. Body is medium. Not a bad beer but not what I would consider an ESB. It is too sweet.

3.6
dalepryor (305) - Paducah, Kentucky, USA - NOV 8, 2007
poured dark amber, very thin head. smell is overwhelming of hops, but taste is slightly more on the malt side with some sweetness. i personally think it tastes like dogfish 90 minute. not a bad brew from clipper city

3.3
radioseer (299) - Virginia, USA - DEC 16, 2009
(12 ounce bottle - half pint glass) pours an orange liquid that leads to little head and very little lacing. Aroma is slightly sour and malty. Taste has notes of molasses and toffee, it is also sour. Medium bodied, slightly creamy texture, and soft carbonation.

3.7
demdeac40 (299) - Etowah, North Carolina, USA - NOV 16, 2006
Pours a beautiful dark amber with a nice head and good lacing. The aroma was a little lacking but smelled mainly of hops lacking any fruit nuances. The maltiness comes through in the flavor with the hops providing nice counter balance. A little hot on the palate but overall very good.

3.3
gwpom (297) - Akron, New York, USA - JAN 5, 2009
12 oz. Cloudy amber, almost no head to speak of, definite hop aroma... first taste, meh, nothing special really here. Tastes like an IPA actually, not quite as bitter.

3.6
fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 12, 2006
My first offering from Clipper City, I’ve been eyeing them for awhile now and never took the plunge until now. This winter offering pours a dark brown leaving a thick tan frothy head. the aroma is hoppy, caramel, sweet dark fruit. The taste is very hoppy, but balanced by a nice malt backbone that is highlight by a toffee sweetness that is followed by a definitive alcohal presence. I think this needs a bit more balance overall and the alcohal presence is far to great for only a 7.5% beer which can be overwhelming.


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