RATINGS: 301   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 32   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
A rich and malty, slightly sweet Winter Ale. Skillful use of brown sugar, honey, and six malts contribute to complex, warming character of this brew. Available October through March.

Bitterness Units: 32
ABV: 6.0%
Date of Introduction: Winter of 1995
Malts: 2-Row, Wheat, Crystal, Chocolate, Caramel and Black
Hops: Nugget and Mt. Hood

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SolarSam (96) - Interlaken, New York, USA - NOV 13, 2017
Tasting in the FingerLakes. Lighter in color than expected. Looking for that perfect winter warmer. A ‘stick to your bones, slow enjoyment’ brew. This isn’t it. But a nice beer, almost a sensory anticipatory to a distilled rye or bourbon. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

gripweed57 (2917) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - MAY 15, 2017
From old tasting notes. Tawny copper, brown color. Small white head. Earthy sweet malt nose. Bittersweet toasted malt flavor has an intense bitter hop aftertaste. Dry puckery mouthfeel.

johnnnniee (4434) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 4, 2016
Bottle shared by Kelly and Paul, thanks for the opportunity! deep brown color off white head. Rich toffee and caramel with a bit of butterscotch and movie theater butter. Decent beer.

altonbrownd (5897) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - AUG 19, 2015
Bottle in Northfield, MA. Dark brown body with thin head. Nose of malts, skunk and caramel. Taste roasty, sweet, caramel. Nice and hoppy in the sweet finish. Well done.

MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2015
Bottle from craft. Nice notes of smoke, caramel and dark sweet malts.
Finish was slightly smokey and sweet. It was ok.

bellco33 (838) - Willington, Connecticut, USA - OCT 16, 2014
On tap at the brewery: Pours dark brown with a hint of read and a thin white head. Aroma of roasted malt, molasses, and leaves. Taste is slightly sweet, roasted, slight caramel, cocoa, brown sugar, and a little bite on the back end. This was always pretty solid for winter beer. Medium body, high carbonation, always decent.

Darkmagus82 (2303) - - AUG 27, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 2-13-13-
Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – Served an orange-amber colored brew with a one finger white head. The head faded very rapidly leaving a great level of lacing on the glass.

Smell – The smell is heaviest of a bready aromas mixed with a lighter caramel sweetness and some oak and nut smells as well. Overall the aroma is quite light.

Taste – The taste begins with flavors of a more breaded and lightly roasted malt flavor. Up front there are hints of a caramel sweetness. The sweetness begins to fade more toward the middle as flavors of a bit more roasted malt and more bready flavors come to the tongue joined by a lighter citrus hop of a grapefruit flavor. Other flavors of a woody and spiced nature then come to the tongue. In the end, with a increase in the caramel sweetness once again, a moderately sweetened spiced and bready taste is left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The thickness of the beer was on the medium to slightly above medium side with a little bit of chewiness and a lower level of carbonation. The slightly thicker body was quite nice for the bready and spiced flavors of the brew. A bit more carbonation may have been nicer for the lighter grapefruit citrus hop flavors of the brew, but overall it was pretty well done.

Overall – Not bad. While the combination of flavors upfront was not too appealing, with somewhat off transitions, as the brew warmed more it took on a bit more sweetness allowing for a bridging of the flavors in a smoother transition.

lag91 (55) - Milton, Massachusetts, USA - APR 18, 2014
Dark brown. Mild roasty malt aroma. The taste is slightly sweet but the roasted malts keep is from being overly sweet. Light and sessionable

conway (2210) - - MAR 26, 2014
Bottle. Dark clear ruby with a quickly dissipating off white head. Aroma is toffee, raisin and roasted malt. Taste is roasted malt, chocolate and brown sugar. Roasty qualities keep it from being too sweet. Only negative is a weird lagerish finish. Medium chewy mouthfeel and strong carbonation. Pleasant surprise.

AirForceHops (7900) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 1, 2014
12 oz bottle from a winter mix 12 pack. Murky brown color with thin white head. Aroma is molasses, roasted grain and light notes of fruit?? Toasted walnuts, light caramel and a weak earthy hop in the finish. A nuance of spice. Thin body that borders on watery. No problems just really light.

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