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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.


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3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
italianjohn (2278) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2013
Dark amber pour, beige frothy head and a little lively ... aroma of spices (cinnamon mostly), caramel malts and toasted malts .... taste is of caramel malts, christmas spices, toasted malts and light dark fruits ... finish is spicy ... mouthfeel is a bit lively some overcarbonation detected ... avg christmas ale with a nice spicy cinnamon/nutmeg/ginger combo and a slight bitter bite ... abv hidden well


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
radagast83 (4409) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tonkun (756) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 14, 2014
Bottle 2013. Dark copper pour with a lot of head. Citrus, orange zest, bread, spice. Light to medium body with sour and bitter finish. Medium carbonation

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
JDBaker11058 (1204) - Maryland, USA - JAN 14, 2014
Appearance dark, opaque brown with one finger of thick, creamy light tan head. Aroma: spices up front (cinnamon, clove, black pepper, allspice), over herbal hops and some brown bread and fruitcake. Taste: figs, plums, molasses, herb, light pine, graham cracker, and holiday spice melange. Finish: lingering fruit and spice, light sweetness. Notes: Perfectly fine. Basically a dark Belgian with what I’ve come to view as the typical ’holiday spice bucket’, so common in Christmas beers, tossed in. Beerdvent 2013 selection.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drjay44 (2566) - 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

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lamas (1339) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dlovell2 (654) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 3, 2014
On tap at The Corner Stable Columbia. Pours dark brown with beige head. Caramel malt aroma with figs and yeast spiciness. Sweet caramel malt flavor with dark dried fruit flavor of figs and prunes. Some cinnamon and yeasty spiciness in finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (11067) - 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
jtclockwork (7897) - , 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
snoworsummer (1858) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 25, 2013
Draft at Brewers Art. Pours cloudy brown with a thin beige head and minimal lacing. Tastes strongly of herbs and lavender. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like toasted grains and cool malt.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sonnycheeba (3295) - 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.


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