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RATINGS: 902   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A rich, hearty ale brewed for a clean, dry, roasty palate.

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3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
shakespeare33 (203) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 17, 2007
draught at xaviers in san diego.. amber red color with a decent frothy head.. medium body initial tug to the palate with hints of cherry shards along the way.. the carbination pushes back any other hoppyness. some pine flavoring tries to emerge.. decent finish but nothing great

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Feinschmecker (202) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 19, 2007
Bottle. Copper and translucent. Not much in the realm of aroma. Faint hop aroma, maybe. The malt and hop flavor is light, what a let down. This one should not be a winter beer. It is neither rich nor hearty. The alcohol is too low and this beer does not deliver the winter goods.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2001
This stuff has the nice spicy holiday aroma I was looking for, but I found the flavor weak, almost watered down, fading at the finish. Its not bad - just undistinguished. Im still looking for a great Christmas brew.

1.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
brownalegirl (199) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - JAN 28, 2003
Huh. The main problem here is that I just had Bell's Old Ale and this beer instantly came on like the whiny, annoying third cousin of that marvelous beer. This is pretty pathetic - quiet, limp, basic stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hopswagger (199) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 1, 2014
P: Clear ruby red body with a small layer of micro bubble head that exits fast. A thin layer of bubble remain on top but most flock to the edges. S: Earthy hops, dirt, pine resin, faint cocoa dust, roasted caramel, molasses and candy malt. Butterscotch and peppery spice. T/M: Follows the nose with a healthy dose of earthy hops , cocoa powder and nice warming sensation. Bittersweet dark chocolate, orange oil and roasted caramel apple peels on the super dry finish. Light-medium prickly mouthfeel. O: Gotta love a hoppy warmer. Intense earthy flavors bordering dirt in the mouth. Pine and hints of fruit compliment the roasty sweet malts. A great treat for winter that Im eager to try the slightly altered version next year. Cheers!

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
POD (198) - USA - DEC 28, 2006
Free Bottle. Poured beautiful amber with a nice lingering foam head. Aroma was of a rich spice typicl to winter ales. Flavor was citrus and hops. Neither too overbearing. Aftertaste was clean dry slight malt and hops. I drank this ice cold and it really hit the spot. I would drink this again.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
svandyke (194) - USA - DEC 3, 2016
12 oz in DC- Not sure color... drinking out of bottle. Caramel and light toast in the nose. Quite a bit of hoppy bitterness in the beginning, a hint of sweetness and then lingering hops.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dankfor20 (193) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 5, 2002
A clean dry roasty palate ill agree. Im not a fan of spicy winter brews so i liked this one

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ivan9856 (190) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JAN 6, 2006
A 12 oz. bottle pours a clear, dark amber body with an average light tan head that left good lacing. The nose features a pleasant, by nondescript fruity aroma barely disguising the malt base. Initial palate is mildly sweet, but quickly yields to hop resins. The midpalate presents a rather plain flavor spectrum, which is reminiscent of orange pekoe tea. The finish is dry and fairly long lasting.

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
I.C.suds (189) - Da U.P. eh?, Michigan, USA - DEC 8, 2003
Dark amber with a frothy but short lived light tan head. Spicy hop aroma. No chance to identify the malt- overly hopped- Resiny aftertaste reminds me of doing bong hits in college back in '75.


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