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RATINGS: 378   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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3.3
travita (5006) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 20, 2010
Brown to red in color with a beige colored head. The smell is caramel, fruits, cocoa, and slight roast. The taste is fruits, caramel, spices, and malts.

3.5
oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2006
Pours a dark amber. Aromas of malts/toffee/spice. Flavors of malts, caramel, spice, and a lightly bitter finish.

3.5
muzzlehatch (4970) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 27, 2004
12 oz bottle. Very dark root beer complection to this still, heavy-looking liquid with a thin, lasting head; sweet, Christmas-spicy nose of allspice, anise and nutmeg...fairly dry body, tarry and full of dark licorice and hints of chocolate...bitter, somewhat acidic dry finish.

3.2
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2011
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of malt, caramel, toasting, and toffee. Poured deep amber/light brown in color with a large, creamy, dense, brown head that greatly diminished but lasted throughout as a film on top of the beer, as well as around the edges. Clear. Some medium and large-sized particles throughout. Very good lacing. Flavor is lightly sweet. Tastes of malt, slight cocoa, slight chocolate, light caramel, and a hint of wood. Medium body. Slightly dry, slightly chalky texture. Average carbonation. Malt, cocoa, caramel finish is slightly dry and slightly chalky.

3.2
ads135 (4923) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 2, 2016
A mild winter ale. The spice is understated, a little bit of cinnamon and nutmeg, but mostly just Bready malts.

2.9
Cavie (4775) - Arlington, Texas, USA - NOV 10, 2009
Dark ruby red pour. Light aroma, might be too cold right now. I’ll revisit that in a tad. Taste has dark fruits upfront that finish with a dry, chalky feeling. Some light chocolate makes itself known but provides little change in the overall flavor. Taste gets increasingly dry as it goes on. Fruit has dark plum, easy citrus and bitter grapes. After quite an amount of time has passed, the aroma expands to a smelly grape must. Well didn’t get much better.

3.6
jsquire (4563) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2003
I had this on tap at the St. Paul airport. Dark amber color with a big root beer head and lots of lace and a sweet, grainy nose. Dark brown sugar sweetness and an almost roasty coffee bitterness in the finish. The alcohol seemed higher than the 5.9% listed.

2.8
jandd1983 (4544) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - NOV 14, 2011
It poured a ruby brown color with a tan head. The aroma was of dark roast malt, light vanilla and some coffee. The taste was dark toffee sweetness, light coffee and some vanilla again with a burnt woody flavor in the finish.

3.2
thegreenrooster (4516) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Pour is a dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is a decent caramel malt. Flavor is malty with some weird souness. Finish has some cocoa and roast. Ok but nothing great.

2.5
nick76 (4402) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 13, 2009
The aroma is very toasted and almost smokey with coffee, toffee, and a touch of spice. The appearance is dark red brown with a foamy head. The flavor is like the aroma but too tangy and acidic. The palate is average for the style. Overall its OK but not that good.


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