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Brewed by Carlow
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Carlow, Ireland

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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 3.26/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 24   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
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Limited edition seasonal, keg. Cinnamon, fresh orange juice and coconut were added to this juicy Amber Ale to spice it up for the long winter nights. The hops and yeast lend a fruitiness that compliments the spice additions. Dual purpose northern brewer hops add to the spicy taste


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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marko (3797) - Split / Zagreb, - NOV 13, 2012
Draft at Sheridan’s, Zagreb. Lovely shiny full amber body, lasting bubbly head. Subtle sweetish nose, orange and vague cinnamon. Lovely jaffa cakes orange dominates the slightly too watery body. Liiiight bitter finish. Man, it’s so watery but so damn tasty. I’d have it again and again. Great stuff.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
tomekk1978 (278) - POLAND - MAR 23, 2014
Barwa: miedziana, klarowna. Piana biała drobno pęcherzykowa, obfita i po chwili ładnie oblepiająca szkło. [5/5] Aromat: słodki słodowy z karmelem, przyprawami (cynamon?), owocami (pomarańcze?). Niezbyt nachalny, przyjemny. [4/5] Smak: niezbyt pełny, słodowy, mniej słodki niż się spodziewałem. Do tego nuty owocowe i jakby kokosowe. Raczej wytrawna końcówka. [3,5/5] Cena / jakość: [3,7/5] Po zimowe sięgnąłem wyłącznie dlatego, że leżało w szafie już od grudnia, a zima dobiegła końca i postanowiłem przewietrzyć szafę. Nie jest to piwo odkrywcze, ani zimowe czy świąteczne w szeroko pojętym stylu. Nie przytłacza zatem gama przypraw, nie rozgrzewa alkoholem i jest raczej stonowane. Mimo tego barwa jest wielce kusząca, a aromat subtelny i intrygujący. Bardziej złożony mógłby być jedynie smak, ale widać nie można mieć wszystkiego.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Sigmund (4830) - Tau, NORWAY - MAR 3, 2014
500 ml bottle, from the Norwegian potential importer. ABV is 4.3%. Chestnut coloured beer,moderate to low off-white head. Dryish, dusty and spiced aroma, hints of coconut and orange peel. Fizzy mouthfeel. Medium dry flavour, "artificial" notes of coconut, orange peel, dust and unpleasant spices, minimal hops. Very unbalanced. Sorry, this one did not rock my boat.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
LarsEngen (346) - Sandvika, NORWAY - FEB 11, 2014
50 cl bottle from Brewery Int. Pours clear amber with a medium, offwhite head that leaves quite quickly. Aroma of cinnamon, spices, with some dried fruity notes in the back. Flavour is cinnamon and caramel. Watery mouthfeel, light body, soft carbonation, low bitterness. Strange but ok.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stravale (1900) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - JAN 30, 2014
Bottle from Tesco, Longford [060114]
Red amber, clear, frothy white head that dissipates, some lacing
Aroma of citrus fruit, caramel, some orange, slight hint of cinnamon(?), soft spices
Taste of caramel, soft citrus, slight clove(?) and cinnamon, soft spicy, soft fruit, not too spicy. Didn’t get the coconut at all.
Palate - Medium carb, light-medium body. Finish as main flavour, clean finish
Overall - Thought this was pretty ok

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Grzesiek79 (2974) - Radom, POLAND - JAN 26, 2014
Troche sie zawiodlem. Piwo przypominalo bardziej kolore irish red ale nisz amber ale bo koloru czerwonego byla przewaga. Moze zadowalac ale nie powalac jakosc piany, ladnie rosnie i stabilnie stoji. Lekko pikantne, goryczkowe ale. Z akcentow zimowych i przyprawowych nie za wiele tego odczulem. W oddali troche cynamonem powialo i to wszystko. Ogolnie dobre ale wole belgijskie odmiany noel.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Creedence (282) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 2, 2014
500ml bottle from Bradley’s. Pours ruby red with a thin lasting beige head. Butterscotch, bitter berries, hint of metal, touch of cinnamon on the nose. Taste is medium malt sweetness and redcurrant bitterness. Smooth heavy malt finish. Not very wintry and a bit dull. Grand though.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
culchiem (2314) - Berlin, GERMANY - DEC 29, 2013
Bottle. Dark ruby read with a large white head. Aroma is ginger and a bit of chocolate. Flavor is spiced ginger, chocolate orange, a little pepper on a dry finish

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
elbernays (314) - IRELAND - DEC 6, 2013
Pours dark clear amber with nice slight tan head. Head is nice lacing Creamy look. Aesthetically pleasing. Aroma is some spice, clove and toffee. Sweet Flavour, spice. Mild bitterness on finish. Body is light and is too light to give a good mouthfeel and you are left wanting a bit.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
ciaranc (711) - Dublin, IRELAND - NOV 8, 2013
500ml bottle from Redmonds. Dark, clear amber, copper, foamy white head that doesn’t last. Cinnamon, clove, all spice, a little dried fruit and caramel in the aroma. More clove and cinnamon in the flavour. Thin body, medium soft carbonation. Finish is more spice and some oily hops. Nice one.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DSG (5052) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAR 21, 2013
Draught at Porter & Sons. Deep golden-copper color. Malty aroma with some caramel, minerally and dusty notes, light fruitiness and light spicy notes. Sweetish malty flavor, slightly caramelly, with some spicy hints and a moderatelyy bitter dusty and earthy hoppy finish. Light to medium-bodied, nitro mouthfeel. Drinkable.


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