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RATINGS: 79   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Take a little gnome home this winter! However, don’t put him in the front yard. The neighbors might steal him & he’ll definitely lose his cool! He’s a malty, hoppy brown ale of pure winter deliciousness. Enjoy and Happy Holidays! ABV: 6.8% / IBUs: 65 / OG: 15.5° Plato

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3.4
bb (9268) - Alamo, California, USA - NOV 7, 2011
Bottle. Amber-brown beer with a cream colored head. Malt and light toasty aroma. Malt and grapefruit flavor with light pine and light spice. Medium bodied. Grapefruit and pine lingers with light spice, malt, and light darker malts.

3.8
douglas88 (9192) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 24, 2013
On tap at Orenco Taphouse. Pours a clear dark brown color with a medium tan head. A light chocolate nose, some caramel and light spices. A nice mix of fruity hop bitterness, dry chocolate and sweet caramel malts. This is a solid brew.

3.1
Ibrew2or3 (8614) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 29, 2010
Sweet bonus courtesy of bvc. Pours hazy amber with thin tan head. The aroma has various spicy notes mixing with black licorice, spicy maple and black strap molasses. The taste is spicy Christmas cookie, nutmeg as well as dried and crusty black strap molasses, black licorice and spicy maple. It has a non trivial amount of age on it but still seems pretty bright and vibrant in flavor.

3.7
after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - JAN 23, 2010
22. Pours an opaque, near-black ebony. Dense creamy sand-colored head falls fairly quickly away to a loose scattering of bubbles. Good sheeting lace. Nice dark roasty piney nose, a little molasses there. Creamy medium body, soft carb. Very full mouthfeel. Roast, pine, biscuit, molasses, and some earthy hop bite at the finish. Very solid little winter warmer.

3.4
Ernest (7696) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 20, 2013
Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is medium brown. Aroma is moderately malty (cookie, caramel, toasted nuts), lightly hoppy (apricot, grapefruit), with a light note of diacetyl. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Pleasant if somewhat simple malty nose. Decent enough balance, maybe a little sharply bitter at the very end. Forgettable but reasonably solid.

3.5
BuckeyeBoy (7681) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 22, 2016
22oz bottle pours out a brownish amber topped with a sand head. Nose is nutty wood notes spice roast malts and some earthy hops. Taste is more of the wood earthy notes a spice and plenty of the malty sweetness.

3.5
Strykzone (7362) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2010
Thanks to Hayduke for this one and we are drinking it together via Facebook chat. This beer pours a nice dark cloudy brown. Highlights are also brown. A nice thick 2 finger head collapses in on itself very slowly. Aroma takes some work to identify but is earth and a bit of chocolate. Flavor begins with hops offering pine and grapefruit. The feel is sticky which indicates lots of malt but it is quite muted. In a way this is a positive because it made me work to find the subtleties. There is a bit of chocolate, some dark fruit. The biggest thing here is the aftertaste which is also long lasting and hop dominated. A very nice beer with lots of subtlety.

3.6
TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2010
UPDATED: APR 12, 2010 22 oz bottle split with a friend from Corvallis Brewing Supply. Pours a very dark brown, some edges that turn orange and a very dark amber with a medium frothy tannish head that laces pretty well. Aromas are chocolate, cocoa, a faint coffee, caramel and toffee, vanilla, nut, brown malts with a hint of roast. A light floral hopping. Initial is medium bodied, a decent maltiness and thorough sturdy hopping of florals. Cocoa, brown malts, nut, tobbacco. Caramel and toffee, a touch of soapy bitterness that really helps balance it with decent florals. Very nice beer, hop slanted even after months, lingering cocoa and caramel, brown malts linger with that mellow telltale sweetness, caramel, toffee, and toasty malt and biscuits. Nice toasty quality. Finish is mellow sweet, lingering solid hop bitterness. Tasty brew by Matt!

3.1
AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - DEC 24, 2010
Courtesy of blutt59. Clear copper color/ beige head. Toasted nut, spicy caramel malty aromas. medium bodied. Decent toasted bread, nutty, spicy caramel flavors.

3.6
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 15, 2011
Bottle:   Dark dirty caramel, huge fluffy light beige head, very nice lacing.   Looks top notch.   Faint roasted malt nose, slight biscuit, a little bit of peat.   For an English Strong Ale this one isnt as mealy or disgustingly rich as others, which is a nice change of pace.   This one has a pretty good hop bite to it.   Balances well up front with the normal heavy biscuitiness of English Strong Ales.   This one actually doesn’t have that huge heavy malt driven backbone. &bnsp Instead, it has a bit of a hop forward punch.   Could use a little more malt at the backside to balance the hop bitterness when it warms.   While up front its decent, you soon see that as the hop lingers you want to have some more malt backing.   Easier than most to drink, but could use a little bit more balance towards the end.   Otherwise, fairly tasty.



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