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RATINGS: 574   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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DSG (13643) - 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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ThreeCats (883) - 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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
574deadzone (1393) - 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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
b3shine (8463) - 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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - MAY 18, 2006
Bottled. Via trade with DocLock. Best by Mar 06 (so Im 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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2007
clear amber with a nice off white head. good lacing. hoppy pine and caramel aroma. bitter pine flavor with a nice sweet balance from the caramel malts. bitter medium dry finish. medium body. good stuff. solid esb.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tjthresh (1871) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - MAY 16, 2007
12 ounce bottle from pintocb. Pours copper orange to red with next to no head. The flavor and aromas are very balanced with earthy hops and Marris Otter. Nice punch of bitterness. I dont know what is imperial about it. Its an alright ESB.


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