Carolina Brewery Santa’s Secret
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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.1/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.07/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 22   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
Our winter ale, brewed especially for the holidays, boasts a combination of six different malts, all working together to produce a rich beer with a soft creamy mouthfeel. Without revealing all of Santa’s secrets, we can say that this tasty elixir contains a careful blend of coriander, cinnamon, ginger, and allspice. We think you’ll agree – it’s the closest thing to Christmas in a glass.

UNCCTF's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
UNCCTF (518) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - NOV 20, 2005
On tap at Linda’s in Chapel Hill. Red coloring with a small off-white head. The mouthfeel was very full with a flavor full of orange, ginger, and cinnamon. A great brew for a cold day.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Travlr (21440) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 21, 2015
Draft. Clear deep amber brown color, tan head. Aroma of clove, cinnamon, nutmeg. Taste has huge spice, thin body. Mostly spice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Drake (11781) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 9, 2015
Can shared at the 10th Annual Epic & Unusual Beer Tasting, 11/29/15. Hazy orange, thin fizzy off-white head, good retention. Aroma of toasted malt, caramel, spice. The taste is toasted malt, caramel, mild spice. Thin. Meh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
biznizness (1128) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 24, 2011
First rating in almost a year. I thought this was pretty good. Had it at JJ Wasabi’s in Mooresville. Waitress thought it was made by Carolina BEER (Carolina Blonde) and I was really surprised to get something this solid. Nothing out of the ordinary for a Xmas beer... nice amber color, not too dark though, some good spice and just solid overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerandBlues2 (12101) - Escondido, California, USA - DEC 3, 2011
Growler shared by wilkie. Pours clear amber with a medium, creamy off-white head, medium retention with fair lacing. Aroma is spices, caramel, nutty, and toast malt with fruity esters; somewhat lightstruck. Flavor is malty with spices, light chocolate notes, toast, fruity esters and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation, low warmth.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
argo0 (13235) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 2, 2011
Growler, thanks wilkie. Crystal clear amber body topped by small off-white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, coriander, light vegetal. Taste is medium sweet, herbal, coriander, some vegetal/skunk. Light-medium body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 6, 2010
On tap. Pours light brownish amber with moderate head. Nose shows moderate spice, which comes out more on taste. Good combination of spices, and not overdone; but still not my favorite style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chandler0201 (650) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 13, 2010
Aroma of sweet and spice some cinnamon, some nutmeg, very good spices of the season. Organish color at pour with little to no head. Flavor was less pronounced, more spices but kind of watery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
brewski519 (644) - Morrisville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 31, 2009
Tried this first at the Black Friday Cask Festival at Triangle Brewing - tried it again today on tap at Papa Mojo’s in Cary NC... pours a clear copper with a thin white head - decent lacing. Aroma of malt, ginger, plenty of allspice and pumpkin... taste is malty, spicy and again, lots of pumpkin... acually tastes more like a fall pumpkin beer than a winter brew to me. Not a bad beer by any means though - just not one I could drink more than 1 or 2 of.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
SpencerDB (223) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 6, 2009
I’m giving this beer the ’interesting award’ for the year. Smells and tastes like Christmas ginger bread houses. Strong aroma and taste of cinnamon, ginger, allspice, and some slight malt. This flavor is too odd to enjoy more than one of tho. I couldn’t quite place if it was too sweet or what, but it was good enough to drink one of and switch to something else. Despite the fact that I didn’t rate it that high, I recommend you try one if you can.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
emacgee (4611) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 9, 2009
Draught at the brewery. Pours a copper amber with a mild haze. The nose is sweet and spicy, nutmeg, allspice, malty sweetness, some leafy character. The flavor puts this as like an amber ale with a prominent sweet spice profile. Mild sweetness from the malt, allspice and nutmeg on the flavor, mild hoppy spicy bitterness. Crisp hop bitterness on the palate. Decent brew.

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