RATINGS: 904   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
A rich, hearty ale brewed for a clean, dry, roasty palate.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 25, 2002
Clear deep amber color topped with a medium thick head that disappears relatively fast, however leaves good lace. Sweet fruity malt aroma with a hint of underlying hoppiness. Sweet fruity hoppy flavor with a good malt background and a hoppy fiish. Medium to full bodied and very warming.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
delacerveza (166) - Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2002
clear copper, light but clinging head. tinny aroma. the first sip, i was like "ew, tastes like amber bock mixed with bud", but after it sat out for a while it wasnt as bad as i initially thought. not spicy at all, but a nice malty flavor. fizzy but somewhat watery palate. itll do in a pinch i suppose.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 21, 2002
Crystal clear light copper. Off white edge head. Grainy malt aroma with hints of fruit syrup. Initially a bit rough with an astringent roasted edge covering a dextrin based body. Mild black cherry skin aftertaste. Medium light body. Balanced sweetness. Medium bitterness and a faint pine cone hop flavor. Taste seems artificial at times. Finishes warmer in flavor but not completely impressive. A slightly above average winter sessional.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ARMed (625) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2002
A very drinkable dark winter beer, but lacks the complex flavors of a comprehensively brewed winter. It has a nice dark bronze color. Nothing exceptional, but a decent winter brew with a lot of flavor and no harsh aftertaste. Relatively smooth and certainly enjoyable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
soulrefugee (46) - Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2002
Its not what Im expecting from a winter ale. Its more like an IPA to me because of the strong, and somewhat bitter hops taste, which Im really not that fond of. Ive bought IPAs before and some of them are enjoyable when Im in the right mood for them, but this one has a hops taste that doesnt have alot of character and reminds me more of soap. But its definitely drinkable. I can easily finish this six pack, and if someone gives me some, Ill happily consume that as well, but I probably wont buy any more of it, because its just not that memorable to me, and its not what I envision as a winter ale, which is usually less better.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ElGaucho (2395) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 19, 2002
Light malt nose with hints of grain. Aroma is fairly nondescript. Small, fizzy, off-white head with fair lace. Clear, medium bodied amber color. Flavor is lightly bitter initially, stronger in the finish. Strongly malty, a little too malty. Finishes very nicely...with a good dose of hops. Very pleasant, though nothing spectacular.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2002
Not as quite as spicey as I have come to expect from winter brews. A decent reddish brown color pour with a quickly dissapating head. Slight spice in the aroma and flavor - just not enough!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dogbrick (12383) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2002
2002 bottle: I wasnt expecting too much from this one and I was not let down. It definitely needs to warm a little for any flavor to come through. Pours a dark amber color with minimal head and lace. Aroma is lightly matly and spicy. Flavor is slightly nutty with a little butterscotch or caramel but overall it is thin. Not as robust as I like my winter ales.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - DEC 15, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2003 Malty unspiced very dark winter ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 15, 2002
Mediocre strong ale. Nothing that makes this a holiday brew...where is the special spice?

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