Brewed by Big Rock Brewery
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Calgary, Canada


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RATINGS: 43   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.88   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 13   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Brewmaster’s Edition:
The winter warmer
It can be tough to enjoy our long Canadian winters. The short days and cold temperatures sap the will. We crafted Winter Spice as the winter warmer that we’d want to drink to give us much-needed comfort during our longest season. Aromas of cloves and caramel evoke the sensation of home baking and the rich, malty flavour is enhanced with cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger.

Little Known Fact
Historically, brewers have utilized a variety of spices to enhance the flavour of their beers. Long before the use of hops became widespread a blend of spices was the primary means of flavouring the beer.

Note: Formerly McNally’s Winter Spice Ale.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gramity (1506) - Edmonton, Alberta, - MAR 23, 2011
***Old Rating*** One finger bubbly off white head which soon diminished to a ring. No lacing to speak of. A clear dark amber. Spicy mild sweet smells. Spice up front in the taste, over a mils malt base. Finishes again with the spice. Cinnamon, clove and nutmeg. Medium body. Fairly low carbonation. Sweetish. Overall fairly pleasant.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
UXO (469) - CANADA - JAN 16, 2015
Pours clear medium amber with a thin light tan head, excellent retention, patchy lacing. (3/5) Nose is typical gingerbread spice, caramel malt and brown sugar. (6/10) Taste is moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (5/10) Medium body, moderate carbonation. (3/5) Pretty standard winter warmer - typical gingerbread spices and sugar. Inoffensive and unremarkable. (10/20)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
a_sully (172) - - DEC 11, 2014
Light orange brown with a thin white head. Aroma of nutmeg and cinnamon.taste is effervescent on the tongue with overpowering cinnamon and nutmeg notes. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sulawang (655) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 20, 2013
pours clear beer bottle brown with a small quickly dissipating head, no retention, a few streams, largish bubbles. Sweet malts with cinnamon and nutmeg on the nose. Attack: 7/10-sweetness, caramel Mid-palate: cola, cinnamon, hints of ginger, caramel, root beer, and malts Finish: mostly clean, slightly fizzy, very light malty bitter, just a touch of roughness on the palate. A very nice and clean brew - nothing spectacular but easy-going and very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lagerboy (1370) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 31, 2013
341 ml bottle from Big Rock ’Pauls Angels’ Bremasters Seasonal Choice six pack. Clear orange copper, thin tan head vanishes instantly. Caramel malt aroma. Spiced caramel malt taste, baking spices, vanilla and some clove masks a light bitterness. Softly carbed, light bodied, low hopped. Short spicy sweet finish. LBW (Lagerboys Be Wary)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Reimer96 (1377) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 16, 2013
Pours a clear light amber with a small off white head. Aroma of pale malts, caramel, nutmeg and spices. Taste is malty with some spices in it. Over all just a malty winter ale that needs more spice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Crit (3420) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 30, 2012
Amber,fast fading head.Light clove nose.Light malt profile with spicy notes(nutmeg,cloves). Earthy finish

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NJAsk (1) - - OCT 4, 2012 does not count
One of my favorite beers for the winter. Have a pint on a cold winters day and you won’t be disappointed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
reebtogi (4437) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 23, 2011
341mL bottle poured hazy amber color with small white head and some spots of lacing. Aromas of grain and spices. Taste is malty sweet with some cinnamon and cardamon, with some hops and more spices blended in the finish. This is quite a nice seasonal ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Strangebrewer (920) - Chatham, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 17, 2011
bottle. Poured clear red-amber with an initial large off-white head but recedes. The aroma is sweet, brown sugar and allspice. Lighter mouthfeel than expected. Flavour of gingerbread cookie, bready caramel malt. Quick finish.

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