RATINGS: 171   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.99/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
St. Benedict of Nursia lived in the late 5th to early 6th centuries. Legend has it while living in solitude, he was befriended by a raven that later saved his life. He is most remembered for writing the Rule of St. Benedict that, among other virtues, teaches humility. Inspired by this Rule we humbly offer St. Benedicts Winter Ale, a hand-crafted ale using generous amounts of dark roasted malts and the finest noble hops for a robust warming flavor.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 22, 2010
THOUGHTS: A little British. A little easier to drink than most English strong ales from England. At first I thought it was watered down, but it was actually just smooth. It was less earthy and bitter than a lot of British versions. It was sort of between a British and a Belgian strong ale. The hops were way more pronounced in the flavor than in the aroma. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, very dark, brownish amber with a very small, off-white head that almost completely diminished. The aroma had moderate cookie, caramel, nuts and toasted malt; light to moderate herbal hops; apple, cherry, spices, maple syrup, brown sugar and ever so slight alcohol. The initial flavor was moderately to rather sweet and light to moderately bitter; while the finish was rather sweet, rather bitter and slightly acidic with a slightly longer than average duration. There was caramel, maple, syrup, herbal hops, yeast, perfumy hops, something like rye, cherry light spices, toasted malt, crackers, fruit cake, brown sugar and apple. Th body was oily and then dry, but also a little sticky on the lips with rather fizzy carbonation and a dry and slightly metallic finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (7622) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2010
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a medium orange color with a large foamy tan head that left some lacing. The aroma was toasted caramel, rum, cherry and nut. The flavor was sour, tangy and a bit vegetal with notes of cherry, pear, caramel, nut and hints of vague spices. The finsih was medium length tangy, fruity and spicy. Medium body. Ok.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Tmoney99 (14288) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2010
bottle. Poured clear dark brown color with an average frothy white head that was lasting and produced good lacing. Good spice and malt aroma. Medium body with a smooth sticky texture and soft texture. Moderate spice bittersweet flavor with with a moderate bittersweet finish of average duration.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
adnielsen (10594) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 14, 2010
Bottled at Bull and Bush Xmas tasting in Denver, Colorado. Translucent red orange appearance with a strong malty head. Body is quite spiced with a somewhat strong flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rustyham (1836) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2010
Aroma is like roasted marshmallows. Looks like a cloudy amber, flat with almost no head. Flavor is very light, sweet citrus and amber malt. Hardly any noticable spices. bottle from J Barleycorn, Nashville.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
LinusStick (3424) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2010
TERRIBLE!! I am halfway through it and am considering drumping it. Aroma was nasty. Typical English ale malt with a hint of metal. Pour was a flat thin light brown with no head or bubbles. Taste was flat and disgusting. English malt with just a hint of hoppiness in the aftertaste. Slightly buttery. This beer is as flat as water but with less appeal. BLAH!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
queenholly (3623) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - DEC 8, 2010
Bottle. Deep copper with a small beige head. Aroma of malt, banana, yeast. Flavor is caramel malt with a distinct burnt sugar taste, spice, barnyard/wet straw, and very slight hops. The flavors seem to be fighting each other, and dont come together very well. A bit messy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Nate (4279) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2010
On tap at the Coney. Mild malt aroma with light sour woody funk - bad line? Mild spice notes and little hops. Mild neutral fruit. Deep copper amber clear with thin off-white head. Medium body with medium carbonation. Starts mild malt sweet with neutral fruit, bit of funky wood. Light bitter hops, biscuit, graham cracker. Dry nutty sweet finish with medium bitter dry nutty after.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FreshHawk (596) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 4, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2010 Bottle. A - Dark copper color with a smaller, tight, foamy, slightly creamy, off-white/light beige head. Sticks around a bit leaving a nice thin layer of lace. S - A good amount of nutty malt. Some breadiness as well. Some candi sugar on the nose as well along with some brown sugar. Faint nose of herbal and spiced notes as well. T - Similar to the nose with a lot of nutty and sweet grainy toasted malt. Some candi sugar and brown sugar as well. Quite sweet. Some spice and herbal flavors under the malt, especially at the end. M - Lighter side of medium body with average carbonation. Slightly sticky feel. D - Sweet but not cloying. Pretty easy to drink and goes down easy. Kind of beer that you casually drink through a couple in a night. Notes: Pretty malty beer that is pretty sweet. Didnt really amaze me, but just a simple drinking beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
topherh (1928) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - DEC 2, 2010
Pours coppery with a thin white head. Aroma is sugary sweet with spicy clove. Flavor is sweet malt, clove, light banana, and cinnamon. Makes me think of the way a kitchen smells when sugar and gingerbread cookies are being baked.

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