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

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3.4
Quick3Beers (1202) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - APR 18, 2016
A nice caramel-y flavor, brown caramel color, sort of smells a little like, I don’t know, caramel? Good beer.

3.3
jimhilt (2609) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 17, 2008
Pours a three-fingered cream head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Crystal clear amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Slight malty nose. Flavor some caramel, with a balanced to bitter finish. Lingering bitter aftertaste. High ABV is hidden. $1.50 for a 12 oz bottle from Capital Convenience Concord, NH.

3.3
mcox90 (2073) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 27, 2008
12 oz bottle. Pours a clear reddish brown color with a 1/2" off white head. Nose is malty with nuts. Palate is unremarkable. Moderate carbonation. Taste is malty with a little brown sugar.Some hop bite. Not really any spice to it, unlike most Wassail type ales.

3.3
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.

3.3
Phatdog1 (179) - Brentwood, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 6, 2013
On tap at The Copper Door. Pours a ruby red with a thin white head. Scent of sweet malt and currant, slight booze. Very sweet on the palate, some bitterness at the end. More complexity as it warms up. I didn't get the boozy heat at all. I think the abv is nicely hidden. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
ROGUE (2215) - Lewes, Delaware, USA - OCT 1, 2013
12oz bottle. Pours a clear, deep auburn color with a creamy, off-white head. Sweet caramel and toffee aromas with a hefty dose of spices. The spices dominate the taste with some sweet malt and then a very faint hop bitterness kicks in at the end. Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very dry.

3.2
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 17, 2009
(Review from January 2009): 12oz bottle from Barb’s Beer Emporium in Concord. Pours a translucent brown body with no head to speak of. Smells nutty, slightly spicy, and buttery. Nut and spice dominate the flavor, with fairly strong suggestions of butter and alcohol. Medium in both mouthfeel and carbonation. That, in conjunction with the flavors being a bit more harsh than I would expect for the style, makes this a bit of a sipper. Overall, an okay winter warmer, no more, no less.

3.2
AdamChandler (4977) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 2, 2015
Dark orange, no head. creamy nose with caramel, honey and some sort of graham crust. Tastes like dessert. Very sweet, loads of brown sugar, maybe some maple syrup. Nice body. sweetness fades fast to a bitter woody finish

3.1
dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - DEC 19, 2011
Decent...very warming from the abv level but relatively uncomplex given how much you are drinking. It’s english in style so I guess that means flat. Fairly sweet, no hops.

3.1
tekstr1der (482) - New Hampshire, USA - FEB 2, 2015
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2015 On tap. I was looking forward to this as it was their strongest offering last visit. Reddish-brown in appearance, with a tan head that quickly dissipates. Aromas of spice and malt, it’s appealing. Initial flavor is strange with some medicinal taste, but quickly mellows to a smooth, malty and sweet finish. Not bad, but not great.


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