RATINGS: 51   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Our winter ale is made from a blend of pale and crystal malts, roasted barley and Belgian aromatic malts. Cooler fermentation and a longer aging time adds further complexity to this Old Ale style.

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3.5
pinkzambia (2051) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 16, 2006
22 oz. Bottle:Murky pond water brown with no head. Aroma of ripe apples ready to be made into cider and alcohol. The taste is bitter cough medicine and apple cider without the sweetness. The aftertaste seems to have bitter cardboard mixed with raisins - not bad. I kind of liked this guy even though the average score is not that high. Thanks Indiana_Red for sharing the fruit of your trip the Mecca Northwest!

2.8
IndianaRed (4869) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 16, 2006
Bottle Poures a cloudy orange/amber witha very small head and no lacing to speak of. Aroma is light woody malts wioth only slight hop aroma. Flavor is fairly IPAish. PLenty of hop \bitterness and a moderate malt backbone. Lots of woody, earthy notes. Strong lingering bitterness. ABV is not too noticeable for the percentage.

3.6
BuckeyeBoy (8174) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 16, 2006
22oz bottle Pours amber topped with a small off white head. A great floral aroma and hops. A nice tast almost like a IPA. Thanks Indiana_Red for this one.

3.7
jackstraw111 (10) - Port Angeles, Washington, USA - NOV 5, 2006
A very surprising beer. At first blush, it has a very flowery taste, almost too much, but after it warms up a bit, it definitely grows upon you. Nice dark amber look. Could use a slight bit more hoppiness, but it’s enough to keep the taste buds happy. Nice body - a very mouthy feel. Sampled in 22 oz. bottle, but can guess it would be better in the sampling room.

3
DarkElf (3066) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUN 18, 2006
(22 oz bottle: Obtained 22-Dec-05 in trade with Larry Pitonka, thanks André!) The nose is only lightly aromatic and the obvious floral character isn’t thrilling me in the least, but the faint, sweet caramel is reasonably pleasant, though not pleasant enough to get me excited about drinking the beer. Seemingly a winter warmer with Pacific Northwest influence, I must admit that I’m not crazy with the choice of hops. It’s coming across as really floral in flavor too, and the bitterness is a bit strong, bullying it’s way to prominence in the long, drawn-out finish. Not that this beer is exceedingly hoppy compared to what I’m used to on the west coast, but it’s out of balance according to my tastes. It’s just too damn floral! The sweet, caramely maltiness sets a nice base but is overshadowed by the perfumy fields of flowers, though the sweetness becomes unwelcome once I’m on the second pour. Alcohol isn’t well masked for only a 7.4% brew. Body is medium, with ample carbonation stimulating the palate and alcohol hinting its presence. Color is deep amber with significant haze. The first pour yielded a very small, off-white head, but the second pour from the bomber has the head reaching nearly half an inch. Retention is fair, with the head settling to an inconsistent, thin, filmy layer. Lacing consists of several small, but densely packed patches. Yeah, this beer is okay, but the imbalanced and floral nature of this brew is just killing my overall enjoyment. I definitely won’t seek this out again.

3
BillKismet (4090) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 26, 2006
Majestic mahogoany body w. a full head and spicy aroma. The flavor was a dull blend of malts w. a mild, but pleasant hop touch. Surprised to see the high alcohol content, was masked well. Overall, standard winter fare.

3.2
omhper (25372) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 24, 2006
Bottled. Cloudy reddish amber. Appley nose with some of citric hops. Plenty of warming caramel malt, still the mouthfeel is somewhat hard. Lingering bitter finish. Solid but unspectacular.

2.4
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 18, 2006
Bottle @ OMH-tasting
Aroma like a wet dog. Slightly sour like an old ale. Hints of DMS. Slightly malty aftertaste.

3.2
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 29, 2006
Amber colour with a thin white head. Aroma was caramel malts and hops. Flavour was quite hoppy and sweet and finishes quite bitter.

3.5
Oakes (18199) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 30, 2005
B5K. Dark amber colour, slightly hazy. Chewy brown sugary malts in the flavour. Full body. Aroma of toffee, nuts and hints of demerara. Sweet finish with toffeeish notes and a hint of alcohol.


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