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RATINGS: 571   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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3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 12, 2006
My first offering from Clipper City, Ive 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jlf278 (288) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 6, 2010
First thing I noticed was the extremely full body. This is one heavily creamy brew...so smooth and so substantial. The taste is almost as great, with just a little bit of dirt in the aftertaste that lingers. Otherwise, it has a great transition from sweet and mellow at first to bitter and a little sour on the back of your tongue. You cant really notice the alcohol too much with all else going on. Appearance is okay...could use more head, but who couldnt? Aroma is...a little weird, very biscuity with some figs maybe? i cant put my finger on the aroma, but its sweet, complex and not too strong. Overall, I think I may have found my "go to" ESB. Awesome.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
AmazonMatt (285) - PANAMA - DEC 31, 2007
Typical american strong ale. With West Coast hops, but a bit too sweet/malty and cloying. Not my favorite. Looks and smells good though.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RyanK (274) - Rhode Island, USA - NOV 16, 2011
Poors a dirty brownish gold with a large foam head that is a off white color. Appears to be unfiltered. Smells of sweets hops, like its loaded with them. There is also some citrus in the smells as well. Taste is a well balanced mix of malt and hop. These are the commanding elements but other aspects such as toffee and caramel kind of add to the malt. Mostly this just taste like a bitter ale. Its good a good winter warmer type of beer I feel the 7.5%abv in my chest and not in my mouth. Dry malty finish, malt is quiet dark with notes of toffee.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - NOV 23, 2005
Poured coppery chestnut brown, creamy tan head with staying power and nice lace. Aromas of alcohol, herbal hops, malt and metal. Wonderful full-bodied taste, heavy on malt and hops, with alcohol showing through. Great mouthfeel. Reminded me why they make IPAs.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cewldre (268) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2006
Bottle: dark amber in color with a nice tan head. Smell has got some nice citrus and pine smell, with a note of malt in the background. Taste is a bit sweet, with a malty finish, but a nice note of hop in there. Taste is good on this one. Just enough bitterness in this one.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tone77 (256) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2012
Pours a mahogany color. Smell is of hops, floral. Taste is well balanced hops and malts, a touch sweet, a bit of alcohol. Overall an enjoyable beer.


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