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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PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - DEC 26, 2008
Bottle: Pours deep copper with an off white bubly film of head. Spicy and fruity in the nose, vague, with a touch of grain. Mild carbonation in the light body. A bit grainy in the taste with subdued husk notes and fruity off-flavors. A touch of alcohol and odd phenolic spiciness. Pretty boring.

Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 26, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2009 Bottle. Pours an amber body with a white head. Fruity esters, and earthy hoppiness, a bit musky with a hint of copper. Light toasted malt and some citrus in the finish. Decent.

blipp (9268) - La Mesa, California, USA - APR 10, 2008
Bottle. Pours amber with an off white head. Sweet malt aroma with notes of brown sugar and caramel. Medium body. Flavor is light and balanced, similar to the aroma but with an additional earthy note. Pretty good.

RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 12, 2008
Pours a clear darker amber brown. No head. Nose is quite malty and caramel toned in a very minimal sense. Seems to be a leafy hint on the back side. Whew. The flavor is...tangy shall we say. The first hit almost goes right back out. The second swig is not nearly so shocking on the tastebuds, but things still aren’t working here. Feel is nice, but this just isn’t doing it for me. Sorry sweetheart, but you’ve got to go.

rustbucket0873 (460) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - JAN 29, 2008
very dark amber with ruby highlights, rich malt aroma with floral hops, heavy malt flavor, dry, slight bitterness in the finish

Goodgrief (2028) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - JAN 26, 2008
April 2006 - Cider brown pour with decent head and nice lacing. Alcohol nose. Rich full, beer, caramel, a touch of perfumey honey with a bitter finish. Well done.

JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 21, 2008
Tap at Barcade. Hazy amber beer with a fine-laced off-white head. Aroma is very fruity, oranges, plums and apples/pears on the nose. Pale malts and a soft fruitiness. Flavour is quite sweet and fruity, but not cloying at all. Loads of berries and cherries with lots of apple/pear esters that are really apparent. A bit of spiciness and moderate earthy hops. Moderate bitterness just balancing the sweet estery component of the brew. It’s not really wintery, but it’s pretty nice.

HopBackDoc (474) - Hatboro, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2007
Pours a cloudy amber color with firm off-white head. Aroma of malts, yeast, spices and hops. Flavor was sweet malts, clove and a bitter hop finish. Not your typical winter brew, a bit odd in taste but also not bad. I’ll have to try another one.

TheNeil (12) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 3, 2007
On draft: The nose reminds me of caramel with hints of herbs it has a nice sustained head and a hazy copper color. The flavor is nice with a creamy medium roasted maltiness not much in the way of hops but that should be expected with this style. It has a low carbonation level which I think helps mellow it out. I would drink it again but probably not search it out.

sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 2, 2007
Bottle. Clear copper with some butterscotch in the nose. Grainy to caramel malt flavor with grassy and earthy hops. A bit of an overchewed gum note as well. Slightly fizzy medium body. Meh.

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