RATINGS: 118   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
A hearty British style strong ale with a deep chestnut color. This warming elixer complements stews, soups, roasts and wild game. It's magically delicious.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Steak (124) - New York, USA - NOV 3, 2002
This wasnt a brown ale? The malts were there upfront with a creamy taste that was tinged by the alcohol. In fact, alcoholic traits were noted throughout the brew. A little strange, at only 6.3%, but I certainly noticed it. It wasnt a huge, unbearable alcoholic presence, but I could have done without it. Ditto for the over-carbonation. Other than that, this a gorgeous medium brown colored beer with solid, tasty malts, and a decent treatment of hops in the finish. Just temper the presence of the alcohol and youve gotme hooked.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
austinpowers (2828) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 28, 2002
Really not all that strong at 6.3% abv, but the heavy malt presence casts a spell that only a wizard could undo. The cheezy label shows a wizard casting a spell while toiling over a boiling pot (of beer?). Would that he were making this a tastier brew. The dry finish bums me out.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 10, 2002
Amber color with little head. slightly hoppy aroma with malty background. slightly sweet and malty flavor with a hoppy dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 17, 2002
Very generous head, subtle fruitiness, well-rounded flavor. Very easy to drink, you might forget its a strong ale. Crisp finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 15, 2001
Clear deep brown, nice beige head, and lots of lace. Sweet fruity nose and Ringwood yeast is quite noticeable, malts also right there. Start sweet, middle creamy fresh, and a quite pleasant bitter almost dry finish. Thanks Venom

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
legion242 (2344) - Richardson, Texas, USA - DEC 4, 2001
Deep Purple color; medium head that goes to bed early; Lots of yummy plum in the nose. To the eyes an nose, this beer was beautiful, but the burnt malt was way overboard. No discernable sweetness except for a bit of chocolate at the end. Cheers to VENOM for the sample.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 15, 2001
Bronze body with a good head. Nice aroma of fruitiness and alcohol. Ringwood yeast is very apparent with a soft maltiness and tingling hop bite. Thinnish at first sip but develops a creamy toffee maltiness amid the buttery fruitiness. Hampshire Special Ale, knocked down a peg.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lovibond (115) - New York, USA - JUN 15, 2001
A nice Winter Warmer, on the hoppy side. I felt the bittering was somewhat coarse, either from high alpha hops or from hard water. Improves somewhat with age, but takes on a haze (which I felt indicated it hadnt had the life filtered out of it).

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