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RATINGS: 73   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Unfiltered, N.W. hops, English Malts, molasses for rum-like flavors.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 28, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2003 This was quite unique. Some rum/vinous taste to the beer. Very thick and somewhat sweet with a fruity and malty complexity. Very good beer. Underrated. Get this. ReRate 12-2003: AWESOME. Dry cascade hops in the aroma. Taste is big, sweet, and full. Rum flavors still there. So damn mellow. Hops creep in at the end but are so subtle. I want to age this- if I can find any more.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BillKismet (3954) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 11, 2002
While having a lovely maroon cidery appear that lacks a head aside from a sparse ring of bubbles, this adequately named beer is a liquid Christmas tree in aroma and flavor. Floral (Cascade?) hops interplay with english candy malts in both aroma and flavor--though the former is slightly more pleasing. Nicely balanced winter selection with some bitter/sour notes on finish.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rich42 (128) - USA - NOV 9, 2002
dark brown. malt and sweet sprucy flavors. pretty hoppy - but an even mix between spiciness and bitterness - works out to a nice bite on the finish. some alcohol taste. splits the difference between the malty-sweet seasonal beers and the hopped-over-the-top ones. very warming. excellent winter beer.


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