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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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olafurson (3) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - NOV 5, 2010 does not count
I missed this beer when it went off local shelves last year due to poor sales. I had originally lumped it into the same categories as Spaten’s Oktoberfest and Beck’s Oktoberfest for their same malt-heavy seasonality, but now realize the "Category 5 ale" needs to stand out on its own. Brew on, Clipper City!

4.7
DocLock (10841) - 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!

4.6
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.

4.6
rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - DEC 24, 2011
Had on cask at Nicholson’s in Cincinnati. Arrived a clear ruby with a small head. Excellent lacing. The smell was full of floral/citrus hops. Some caramel malt as well. The flavor is very hop forward. Wonderful citrusy hops dominate throughout with a quite assertive bitterness. Malt notes come in at the end and linger. This is a great beer and one that I am thrilled I got to try on cask. Will definitely seek out again.

4.6
bagalagalaga (161) - Indiana, USA - NOV 29, 2014
Very solid, one of the best ESBs out there for taste and the higher alcohol doesn’t really come through that much. It’s got the pleasant hop bitterness, not insanely citrusy. The best Heavy Seas I’ve had and available in 6-packs, definitely worth it.

4.5
unclemattie (4357) - Georgia, USA - OCT 22, 2006
Sampled this at the Great Decatur Beer Tasting Festival. Imperial ESB, what a great concept! Medium amber in color. Malt aromas. Rich bitter finish. Great house beer that needs to be casked!!

4.5
ordybill (1815) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - JUN 25, 2016
Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear amber with a small white head. The aroma is malt. The taste is malt with some hops. Ayyyyy really like this beer (had to do it)

4.4
tsd08460 (1210) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - NOV 14, 2015
Aroma: bread, raisin, woody, earthy Appearance: clear amber, tan head Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness, Palate: medium body, sticky, soft carbonation, long finish, Delicious

4.3
HighlanderOne (1353) - York, SC via NJ, South Carolina, USA - DEC 18, 2005
Actually smells a bit like the ocean at first, before settling into an oaky, malty aroma. Hop, malt, alcohol and nut flavor. Clean hop aftertaste also reminds me of the sea (probably just me), with a slight alcohol kick. Lacing is present. Excellent hop flavor which intensifies a bit as you finish. A real nice find.


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