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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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3.2
kaser (6312) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2016
Annee pour from draft at Nisie lounge. White head. A little warm. Carmel, earthy, malts. Decent but wouldn't get it again.

3.8
nuplastikk (6289) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 20, 2009
12oz shorty bottle. Deep brown-red-black with a big beige head. Dark sweet malt and maybe a touch of cinnamon in the aroma. Pretty nice actually. certainly not unlike Anchor OSA stylistically. The thick, sweet malt tones balance perfectly with the hops and spices. On the lighter side of full bodied, drinkable but full of depth and flavor as well. Really a tasty and respectable beer.

3.5
JPDIPSO (6223) - Wauwatosa, USA - DEC 13, 2003
Rich mohagany color with a lid of shiny light tan bubbles. Sweet mid roasted malts dominate the nose. Mild toasted malts with a light sweetness. Finish has a light bite of spice and alcohol. Smooth on the palate.

3.6
thedm (6184) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 18, 2003
This brew poured a small head of fine to medium sized light brown colored bubbles that left behind a semi-transparent dark brown colored softly carbonated body and a fair lace. The aroma was mildy vinuous and contained malt and hop notes. The mouthfeel was mildly tingly and had a slight hop tingle in the finish. It also had a smooth brown beer like flavor with notes of caramel and chocolate.

3.5
JK (6162) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 2, 2003
UPDATED: APR 17, 2011 The best thing about this beer is the color; black with some red. Mild aroma of hops. Uninteresting flavor of a standard bitter with a poorly done sweet malt in the finish. There is no way this should be called an English Strong Ale.----Rerate April 2011. This beer has improved considerably. Still a black beer, but now there are good aromas of roasted malt and a fair amount of hops. I would probably call it a porter, but the palate, aroma, and flavor are now much better than they were a few years ago. score increased.

3.4
thirdeye11 (6160) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 7, 2010
(12oz bottle) pours medium brown, decent head and lacing. Nose of nuts, cream and brown sugar. Taste of roasted malt, nuts, and toasted sugar. Body is medium thick and quite roasty.

3.7
Skyview (6055) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - APR 9, 2007
From 12 oz bottle, pours a clear dark brown brew with a medium sized light brown head. Fair lacing, Aroma of barley malt, smokey maple, vanilla and spicy hops. Taste sweet smoothness with a hint of nutty fruit and bread. Clean finish with a slight chocolate aftertaste.

3.5
ganache (5903) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 4, 2014
Bottle. Nose deep in dark caramel and toffee, very earthy, brown malt with wood and faint spice. Pours beautiful mahogany brown with an ephemeral tan head. Carbonation firm in the medium body, light tang and bitterness, some smoky/ashen character in with the nutty and fudgy/earthy malts. Lightly sweet with a faintly herbal touch, and there’s a great balance struck here between all the elements.

2
cheap (5861) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2006
Oh-oh, smells like an imperial or foreign stout with a caramel background, and I don’t like imperial or foreign stouts. 12 oz brown bottle with a twist off cap. I am a bit surprised that it pours very dark transparent in my steeler stein. A malty roasty initial flavor, perhaps even some hops in there. Very little carbonation. Yes, it is robust as the description says but there is no detail of this on the label, it is pretty much plain jane just mentioning winter ale. I think this is the first English Strong ale I’ve tasted. It is smooth but has a lingering undesirable interesting flavor on the finish, a little bitter. Try this if you like stouts.

4
superspak (5597) - Michigan, USA - JUN 27, 2013
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 3/19/2013. Pours moderately cloudy reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of caramel, toffee, toast, biscuit, nuttiness, chocolate, light roast, brown bread, light raisin, light floral, and toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark and nutty malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big caramel, toffee, chocolate, toast, biscuit, nuttiness, brown bread, light roast, light floral, and toasted earthiness. Light earthy spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, toast, chocolate, brown bread, light roast, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of dark and nutty malt notes; with very nice robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice winter warmer style. All around nice balance and robustness of dark/nutty malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. Really enjoyed this one.


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