RATINGS: 46   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 237   ABV: 7.9%
Deep ruby hue, A hearty full bodies holiday ale . Very malty with assertive hoppiness combining with alcohol warmth.

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argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 27, 2009
12oz bottle. Hazy copper body with small beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, raisin, grapefruit, some vinous. Taste is moderately sweet, raisin, caramel, some grapefruit, light plum, alcohol warming. Medium body, some stickiness.

Lubiere (13915) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 7, 2011
A deep copper amber ale with a thick moka head. In aroma, butterscotch, oily and cloying. In mouth, a sweet nutty and musty malt with light nutmeg, vanilla, oily, cloying. On tap at Sunset Grill, Jan. 16 2011.

jcwattsrugger (12420) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 13, 2009
on tap-pours a dissipating tan head and copper/red color. Aroma is medium fruit, spice, some medium malt. Taste is spice, tart fruit-cherry/apple.

Sammy (12210) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 1, 2008
Mouth creamy, malt job. Malt in aroma. Not bad but finishable only if very thirsty. A tad of dryness.1900th bottle review

JoeMcPhee (9427) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 20, 2008
Thanks to my buddy Mike for holding onto a bottle of this for me. Deep amber beer with a thick tan head. Aroma is quite sweet and fruity. Light red berries and even a hint of pine/spruce tips as well. The aroma also shows a soft toasted almond nuttiness. Sweet and fruity with a lightly toasty character. Softly chewy with a good balance. Lovely brew.

AirForceHops (7240) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 1, 2011
Dark brown pour with red tints, beige head that left good thick lacing. Aroma is caramel malt, roasted malt, and citrus. Flavor is very sweet, with molasses, dark fruit and a bit of nuttiness. A hint of hops in the finish. A nice smooth mouthfeel, although a bit watery.The 9 % ABV is hidden well, however I let this one age a bit in my cellar. If you like English strong Ale, you should this one. he key is to let it age. I will buy again next winter.

CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 27, 2011
Bottle thanks to AirForceHops: Pours a clear deep copper amber with a spotty-lacing off-white head. Has a rich toasted dark caramel nose with some earthy hoppiness and a hint of black cherries. Starts with pretty good fullness and chewy toasted caramel malts with an herbal grassy hop bitterness and a touch of peat and light oxidation before a drier, muddled slightly astringent bittersweet finish. Pretty true to style, just not as clean tasting as I’d prefer.

Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 1, 2009
Pours copper with a white head. Smells of sage, earthm tea, some dark fruit. Tastes spicy and peppery with some earthy hints, caramel and a restrained, fruity finish.

Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - JAN 28, 2013
It pours a dark brown yielding a nice one inch white foamy head into my nonic. Some nice spider web yet light foamy lacing speckles the sides of the glass. The smell is spicy having the normal winter spices up front such as nutmeg, allspice and ginger. There is some light brown sugar in the background. The taste is semi-sweet with the previously mentioned flavors and light bitterness coming in through some light hops, mostly balanced. The palate is about a medium, could be ranging closer to heavy, a mostly one and done in a session.. Some light sharpness a bit here and there, nothing obscure. Overall, this is a good winter warmer that I would come back to.

thornecb (5916) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 26, 2010
Pours brown into a snifter. Off-white head quickly recedes to hug rim. Butterscotch aromas. Sweet butterscotch upfront turning sour in the lasting bready finish.

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