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RATINGS: 576   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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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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brewblackhole (1587) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 30, 2006
Grainey malt and lively aroma, a bold carmel malt and hop initial taste, followed by a wonderful hop bitterness at the end, the hop taste and bitterness get a little more prominent as yo go along,excellent brew

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Eyedrinkale (3235) - Astoria, New York, USA - SEP 10, 2006
12 oz bottles. Browish orange with a small head. Nice and hoppy with some english tasting malts. Flavors of peach, ash and pineapple all followed with a rich but not sweet caramel smoothness. Lively and peppery.

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Darkover (1545) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2008 Dark copper/amber color with a beige head. Mild citrus and pine hop aroma. Flavor of citrus hops and caramel malts.

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Nephilium (1821) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2007
One of my favorite finds this winter season. This beer pours amber, with a small head, and very little lacing. The aroma is of spice and hops. It has a nice sweet/spice start finishing in a standard hop bitterness. It’s a little thinner in the palate then the beers I truly love, but overall, it’s a nice one to have sitting around.

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MagooinPA (101) - Rotonda Lakes, Florida, USA - JAN 12, 2007
12oz bottle. Pours nice amber, crystal clear with small tan head that somehow held on till the end. Nice lace. Smells like and tatses like a Imperial IPA but billed as a ESB. I don’t care what they call it, I love it. Nice malt at the end that lingers and overtakes the initial hoppiness. Everything this brewer makes is worthy, this is no exception.

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donvitozou (141) - memphis, Tennessee, USA - FEB 2, 2007
12oz bottle. pours amber/brown with nice tan head. very hoppy smells. medium body, malty and super hoppy. finishes slightly sweet. a rich beer, very worthy of the cool label and apt name.

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jobyone (234) - Charlotte, USA - NOV 24, 2007
Pours clear copper with a beige head. Aroma has lots of hops with a sweet undertone. The aroma is a great balance of hops, sweetness and alcohol. Great lingering bitterness. Really liked this.

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surffisher (198) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 27, 2007
Pours slightly hazy copper colored with a nice stand of off-white head which leaves nice sticky lacing. Aroma is generally sweet with caramel malts along with a good dose of fruity, flowery and sometimes earthy/spicy hops. Very flavorful and bitter, with a nice base of soft, complex caramel malts under loads of citrusy and earthy bittering hops. Well-balanced throughout and into the finish. Smooth and medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Excellent beer all around. Seems reasonably true to style for an ESB (a style open to considerable interpretation), with the slight exception of its strength. Including it as a Strong Ale here unfairly lowers its style percentile rating, IMO.

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Slipstream (2720) - USA - FEB 4, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2008 Another 4-pointer from Clipper City! "Shiver me timbers" says the cubist captain on the label. There is a nice, honey sweetness. They say it is an imperial ESB. I say it is full of hops! Nice, fragrant, piney, fruity hops. Good malt backing. Pretty dry finish with some alchohol in there. They call it a heavy seas / winter storm ale, but this stuff would hit the spot with flat water and warm sunshine too. A hearty, hopping pale ale that reaches the same highs as this brewer’s Loose Cannon.

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Gregis (1291) - Stilwell, Kansas, USA - FEB 7, 2008
Bottle courtesy of kmweaver. Pours a hazy, deep copper with a fluffy, ecru head and wispy lace. The nose is of toasty, bready malt with a solid, resinous, earthy hop backing. Medium-bodied and creamy with a tongue-squeezing bitter finish. The flavor is of toasted, bready, caramel malt with big, bitter, earthy hops and a lingering resinous finish. This one really pushes the envelope of a style that I enjoy quite a bit (ESBs), and I was really impressed with the result. I wish that I could get this in KC. It would surely become one of my winter standbys. Thanks again for sending this one, Ken!


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