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RATINGS: 118   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.7
thornecb (5917) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 14, 2007
Pours deep amber into an English pint. Tan head with excellent retention. Malt aromas. Upfront malt with a lasting, bitter finish.

2.9
dmradus (227) - Ithaca, New York, USA - DEC 29, 2006
On tap at the Blue Tusk in Syracuse. Pours an amber-orange with nonexistent head. Slight haze although not entirely opaque. Toffee and other sweet malts in the nose, slight citrus, slightly bread dough - the aroma doesn’t jump out at me but it is nice for what it is. On the tongue I find lingering toffee tinged with a slight splash of alcohol and a nutty, very slightly bitter finish. Smooth, buttery on the tongue (diacetyl?), well-balanced and prototypically English: doesn’t bat you over the head with hops, the ingredients are held in a nice balance with one another. Straightforward and pleasing, although indistinct and muddled in some ways.

2.7
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2006
Bottle. This was a tough one for me, I really tried to like it. Aroma was odd, seemed grassy then sweet almost a honey nut thing going on. Poured a nice copper-bronze. Flavor was just odd almost like it couldn’t decide it’s character,sweet or bitter. Palate was okay but it had butter quality to it I didn’t like. Try it at your own risk.

2.7
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 28, 2006
Bottle. Pours a hazy dark copper-brown body with a creamy yellow head. Sharp aroma consisting of sour bread, vegetables, and grass cuttings. Surprisingly quite hoppy and bitter. Bread sweetness is also apparent as well as a certain thick stickiness. Finishing with alcohol and soapy bitterness.

3.1
DarkElf (3062) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUN 16, 2006
(12 oz bottle: Obtained 28-May-05 in trade with shadey, thanks Shane!) Yeah okay, so I pushed this one a bit, giving it 18 months of aging, but I’m reasonably pleased with the results. This is a fruity (very!), malty, sweet and caramely beer that is one of the more buttery examples I’ve run across. Wow, no mistaking the British intentions here, but I’d have to say the butter notes are overdone, especially as the beer warms up. Beyond this, the hops are fairly mild, with the bitterness taking a back seat. The beer smells overwhelmingly buttery with notes of caramel and light hops. Body and carbonation are medium. Dark amber in color with a minimum of haze. Half an inch of beige head gradually settles to a ring and leaves no lacing. Overall, I liked this beer quite a bit when I took my first few sips, but it didn’t hold up with increased temperature and now the butteriness is just heavy-handed. Still enjoyable enough to finish the bottle though.

3.4
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - APR 19, 2006
(bottle - 12 oz) Nice copper pour with a thin tan head. Aroma is loaded with malts, caramel, and spices. Taste begins with a lot of malt then goes to a slightly hoppy middle with a finish that’s a mixture of malts, caramel, nuts, spices, and alcohol. Slightly bitter aftertaste and very warming.

3.1
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - APR 14, 2006
(Bottle from <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/Place/massachusetts/w target=blank>Julio’s Liquors) Poured a clear slightly reddish copper with a large biscuit head that receded to a sloppy foaminess. Sloppy foamy lacing. Aroma is bready before head recedes, then only some very mild hops and malt. Mouthfeel fairly smooth. Flavor is pretty mild, just mild malt overlain with mild bitterness. Finishes a little bitter. Drinkable but no big deal (i.e., pretty bland) except for nice kick of ABV.

3.4
boto (2211) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - MAR 24, 2006
12oz. bottle: This one pours a somewhat hazy dark amber color. Mine had some off white head that subsided rather quickly. The first thing that hits the nose is a bit of spices. They are followed by a whiff of some caramel and fruits. The taste is quite good and well blended. Individual flavors aren’t fighting to come out. Somewhat of a dry aftertaste. Very drinkable.

3.3
Grandpa (327) - Verona, New York, USA - MAR 21, 2006
This is what I expect from a winter seasonal. It is dark, stong flavored, with the hops to balance the strong flavor. Nice, lip smacking aftertaste. It warms the blood.

3.6
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 19, 2006
Murky brown with a light tan head. Aroma of apples, caramel, and yeast esters. Flavor is initially sweet, with caramel, and light fruitiness, paired with a slight butterscotch presence. Finish dries out nicely with a faint woodsiness and grassy hops.


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