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RATINGS: 49   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Dark Brown Winter Warmer with Curaçao Orange Peel and Ginger. Inspired by Seinfeld (we first made this beer in 1997 and it is a testament to the folly of giving your beer a pop culture name.) We currently have two vintages available in bottles - we had retained some of the 2012 (whose label is undated) to enable side-by-sides with the 2013 (which is vintage dated on the label). It’s a remarkable contrast - the beer is great fresh but at a year the flavors have melded wonderfully. To me, the beer evokes winter. It really warms the bones without being too over-the-top strong or spiced.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jonas (5641) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - APR 25, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2014 Re-rate from bottle. Brown amber, big fluffy golden brown head. Spicy nose, light caramel/broen sugar, plums, orange peel. Sparkly dry body, pumpernickel mouthfeel, Westmalle spiciness, sugar, nicely balanced by hops and fruit into a fresh and moreish finish. Very drinkable. 6 3 7 3 13 Tap @ Brewers Art
Red brown, no head. Fruity and spice ginger, earhty peel notes. Medium to light body, easily drinkable. Nice but was probably a bit past its prime.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (5336) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2003
I didn't know how this ws classified until I got home to look at the site. This poured a reddish color with a tan head and some lacing. When I first sniffed it I asked dberger624, "Is this a spiced ale?" While cold there was a sweet aroma of spice, clove, bubblegum and banana. This turned into barnyard funk, bread and sour cherry, when warmed. The taste started out sweet and malty, cherry was always present in the flavor. As it warmed it turned into a sour and slightly tart cherry flavor. In my mind it went from a spice/herb/vegetable to a flemish sour ale. But a mild sour at that, it was very enjoyable. The best Brewers Art brew i've had to date.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 9, 2010
Tap at Brewers Art Holiday Beer Tasting 09. Pours a deep dark woody brown with a nice lasting head. Aroma is spicy, ginger, earthy, phenolic, almost an anise kick as well- deep dark toasted malts, light nutty hints and slight chocolate. Flavor is moderate sweet, anise, herbs, spice, gingerbread, and mint green grassy with some nutty slightly burnt malts, caramel and toffee, biscuit as well- airy dry bubbly finish- Nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
radagast83 (4643) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUN 30, 2014
I’d been holding onto the 2013 bottle for way too long, so it was time to drink it, even though it is in the height of Summer. Ah well. This one poured a medium brown color, touch of ruby notes, and a gigantic light tan head. I mean huge, even though it was served almost immediately out of the fridge. This one foamed like crazy. Once it settled (relatively quickly), it was ready to drink. Sweet molasses, dark brown sugar and notes of light spices. Flavor was nice easy to drink sweet molasses, toffee, with some light spices.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aurelius (4176) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 9, 2006
Clear, dark woody brown. ginger is the predominant flavor over a sweetish caramel ale. Acidic, fruit. Good bittering. I’m such a sucker for gingerbeer. Finishes out with a side-of-the-tongue, spicy, hop bitterness. Medium body.

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
obguthr (3833) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - APR 14, 2013
Slutfest 2013: Weak malt aroma. Cloudy brown, thick tan head, fine floaties. Fig and cookie flavor. Light body. Tasty, but not terribly well rounded.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sonnycheeba (3558) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 24, 2013
Tap at brewery. Pours tawny brown with creamy beige head. Aroma is toasted and caramel malts, earthy notes, plums, raisins, and faint ash. Flavor is dry malt base, light floral hop bitterness, dark fruit esters, and light caramel sweetness; dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kinz (3286) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - APR 19, 2013
Slutfest! Light chocolate aroma? Flavor is light chocolate? Send out a search party, there seems to be a beer missing. Maybe some odd spicing. Light body. Shockingly little going on here.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
keepersj12 (2688) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 25, 2012
A very dark amber, almost brown with a big fizzy head that quickly fades. The aroma is fruity sweet with a bit of spices. The flavor is similar with the spices showing up on the swallow. A bit to fizzy for me but quite refreshing.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drjay44 (2636) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JAN 10, 2014
750 corked and caged bottle. Shared with multiple others at brew club. Pours a thin fizzy head over a hazy reddish brown (SRM 20) body....nose is dried cherry, fig, plum, minimal hops.....taste is heavy cherry, fig, hints of cocoa, hints of molasses, sweet throughout, finishing with light hop tones, minimal bitterness.....mouth feel light of medium, alcohol hidden, carbonation makes it very fizzy. This is on the sweet end of the Belgian Strong Ale style, also very highly carbonated, and on the simple end of the spectrum. Perhaps a change in the malt bill and a yeast change would improve it. BJCP 7/2/14/3/6


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