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RATINGS: 48   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2004
Draft at the Grey Lodge in Philly. Nice Belgian. Had a slight spice flavor in the start. The alcohol was hidden pretty well.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (7826) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 6, 2005
Draft at the Drafting Room, Exton. Dark brown/ruby pour (slightly cloudy) with medium, creamy, off-white head. Aroma of malt, hops, spices, florals. Tastes fruity, spicy, with finishing hops and malt. Nice balance and complexity.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Emeister84 (918) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - APR 13, 2013
Dried fruit, citrus, floral, perfume, and cardamom aromas. Hazy red-brown with a lasting, beige head. Dry, floral, fruity, and spicy. Medium body, prickly carbonation, and a refreshingly clean finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ROGUE (2085) - Newark, Delaware, USA - AUG 13, 2013
750ml bottle. Pours dark mahogany color with a tan one finger head that dissipates slowly and leaves a wispy lace. Sweet Belgian candi sugar aroma with burnt caramel in the background. Taste is similar to the aroma with sweet Belgian candi sugar, and hints of fruits in the background. Slight tastes of orange peel and ginger. Very strong and boozy. Medium body and medium carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Blairgus (2588) - California, USA - NOV 19, 2013
19 nov 2013, tap at brewers art. Dark brown. Nose is dark toast, orange, and spices. Thin body and moderately fizzy. Finer comes out big time and lots of bitter orange peel in the finish. Reminds me of 90% chocolate and orange rind. Fun for a winter ale. Don't know how much I could drink though. It is quite bold. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dnstone (2137) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 17, 2009
Spicey, malty nose. Brown with no head. A sweet brown ale with a hint of fruit and defined spiciness. A bit of alcohol warmth in the finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (8190) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 16, 2013
Bottle shared with Jcwattsrugger. Pours dark brown with offf white head. Nose and taste of fig newton, dough, spice, grape, candy cane, cherry and dark fruit. Slight oxidation. Medium body.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (11078) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JAN 2, 2014
shared by jtclockwork-bottle-dissipating tan-dk copper/red. A-dk fruit-fig, bready/dough. Cherry as it warms. T-cherry/grape juice, spice hops, sweet med malt-caramel/dough.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lamas (1355) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 4, 2014
750mL corked & caged bottle. Date on the side: 10/11/14. Pours a murky light mahogany color with a thick and creamy khaki head. Cherries, plums, figs, caramel, a spicy tang, and a rich bready maltiness feature in the aroma. Medium-bodied and smooth on the way down. The taste starts with a little caramel, toffee, and cola. Dark cherries, plums, and figs follow. Some tangy citrus rinds are present at the end. A spiciness and some warming alcohol are present from start to finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
radagast83 (4548) - 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.


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