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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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craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 24, 2011
Cask at Churchkey. Amber pour, bubbly head. Nose holds nice balanced blend of floral and citrus hops with some English biscuit and toffee malt. Similar flavor with further caramel. Creamy, low effervescence, Decent, not great.

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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.

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PGHbeer77 (571) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2012
12 oz. Bottle. Nice, malty scent of bready sweet roll with some hop, pininess. Medium body, frothy feel. Hops, bitter, bready sweet roll, touch of caramel finish. Not too shabby.

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DSG (14685) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - APR 18, 2013
UPDATED: APR 20, 2013 Bottle shared with Ariel at Beer Market Jaffa. Better Beer Of The Month Club. Clear amber. Aroma of malt, caramel, biscuity notes and dusty and earthy hops. Sweet malty flavor with caramel and earthy and slightly citric hops bitterness. Medium-bodied. Solid.

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ThreeCats (891) - ISRAEL - MAY 1, 2013
Clear Mahogany with a off-white head. Aroma of berry, molasses, dark caramel, some tartness. Taste of alcohol and heavy malts, burnt sugar, bitterness, full mouth feel, mid palate alcoholic again and tapering to a bitter but sweet ending.

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574deadzone (1415) - North Central, Indiana, USA - JAN 4, 2014
Pours a hazy darker amber with a thinner khaki head that settles to a ring and leaves some splotchy, hanging lace. Nose involves brown sugar, some earthy and spicy noble hops, savory doughy yeast, some toffee, mild dark fruit, some toasted malt, some cellared quality. Fairly sweet, pretty bitter. Medium to full bodied, oily, fair carb, with a drying bitter finish. Not enjoying this as much as i hoped. It has some clashing elements, aromatics that compete for attention along with a kind of muddled palate. Not crisp and bright like a standard ESB.

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b3shine (8802) - Indiana, USA - JAN 8, 2014
Draft to taster (from notes). Looks good for an Imperial ESB; a transparent copper with foamy head somewhere between off-white and light beige. Smells yeasty, grainy, and mildly hoppy. Tastes like it smells with some toastiness too. Average on the palate. Alright.

3.1
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - MAY 18, 2006
Bottled. Via trade with DocLock. Best by Mar ’06 (so I’m assuming this is the ’05). Pours a clear, garnet color with an ivory head. Fruity aroma- both citrus and some darker fruits, caramel, yeast and honey. Flavor is bitter with a thin mouth feel. A bit of caramel, toffee, and phenols in the flavor. Bitter finish.

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mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 11, 2006
Bottle. Orange-copper with a medium white creamy head. Floral aroma has earthy hops and mild sweetness. Bitter astringency and mild sweet flavour in a somewhat watery body. Average.

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johnykat (65) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2007
My least favorite of the sample case. The beer is amber/dark brown. Taste is ok, and includes some malt and spice. Within my first couple of sips though, I thought that I got it wrong, and this was an IPA. I felt that the hops come in and dominate the taste of the beer with citrus/pine of an IPA. Over-all it was kind of an interesting beer for me.


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