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RATINGS: 388   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This unique seasonal beer offers the warmth of an old English pub to help ward off the chill of a winter’s night. It has its origins in British neighborhood pubs where villagers would gather to shake off the damp cold of the bitter English winter. They’d share a pint or two of winter warmer ale by the fire, catch up on local gossip, and stay inside, where it was warm. We’ve brewed our version in the tradition of those winter ales, with a robust, full-bodied flavor and a tangy hint of spices.

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3.6
whiterabbit81 (244) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 18, 2003
Beer poured a nice, thick head and has a dark brown color. Lightly carbonated and leaves a nice lace around the glass. Tastes a lot like a Stout to me, with the flavor of coffee, caramel and chocolate persisting. Good brew.

3.4
triguy84 (235) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 21, 2011
On cask. Pour opaque dark brown with a thin head that lasts. Moderate malt aroma, other aromas but can?t nail down. Wonderful malt flavor, some roast, caramel, hints of juniper. Medium-heavy body, light hop bitterness. I?m not getting the spices, just me. I?d try it again.

3.8
thejoeshow (232) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2008
12 oz bottle. Pours a rich brown color with ruby highlights. It has a nice tan head that could use a bit more retention but produces nice lacing. Nose is full of nice mellow chocolate notes mixed with a hint of beady yeastiness. Flavor is full of chocolate flavors with a very underlying coffee-ness to it. I also pull just a hint of dark fruit out of it too. Very tasty. It has a nice full mouthfeel and is a little too easy to drink, being 5.9% abv, it can get you into trouble.

3.2
emeinz (220) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 4, 2012
Bottle to glass. Brown pour with small white head. Lots of caramel and toasty notes with some roastiness as well. A bit of cocoa also. Full bodied beer with a nice long finish. Also pick up hints of the spices as well. A pretty good winter beer.

3.2
ztrvz (218) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 2, 2003
served on tap a bit too cold... very dark, medium palate. slight dark malt odor.... boring. boring as hell.

3.5
nellycale (213) - Caledonia, Minnesota, USA - JAN 12, 2015
From bottle. Pours a dark brown hue with a beige head. Decent lacing that slowly secedes. Aromas of dull spice, caramel, nutty and light dark chocolate and a hint of root beer, and cherry. Taste of chestnut, toasty malt, light smokey , moderately sweet, toffee, coffee, licorice and cola. Mouthfeel is light to medium with light to medium carbonation. Finishes fairly dry with a light hop spice. Well balanced. Malty, nutty up front with some hop spice on the finish. First time I had this, hated it. 2nd time around it 'a actually a very enjoyable winter beer. Temp outside -10 degrees = perfect beer to be drinking ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
barenada (211) - Georgetown, Indiana, USA - DEC 20, 2005
(draft) had a decent flavor, but there wasn’t much flavor to it. I kept getting hints of spices and such, but the hints faded as soon as I started to detect them. Good, but not great.

3.3
WallyWalrus (205) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 8, 2007
12oz bottle. Pours a ruby red/mahogany with a modest off-white head and good carbonation. Aroma is spicy and full with roasted malt alongside cloves, woodiness, and a slight sweet tinge of chocolate. Taste is creamy, flat and full with a malty taste of nuts and coffee giving way to a chocolate finish. A solid winter brew even if it’s nothing special.

2.7
celogan (204) - Oroville, California, USA - NOV 3, 2003
Not too bad. Poured very dark brown with tan head that shrunk down to just floating on top of the brew leaving some nice lacing along the way. Not much aroma that I detected, and the hops were not all that detectable. Slight maltiness but not overly sweet. I'd prefere a tad more carbonation, but what is there is sufficient. A decent brew.

3.4
POD (198) - USA - JAN 15, 2007
Bottled. This was the best tasting beer in my seasonal beer sampler that I purchased from World Market. Rich dark brow ale with slight tan head. No big aroma. Flavor was like a watery chocolate stout. Lots of cocoa throughout and very dry "cooking chocolate" aftertaste. I’d buy this one again.


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