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RATINGS: 280   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jannick13 (139) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 31, 2015
Wow. One of my all time favorites. Strong, yet very smooth. Love the spices. Surprising taste for the abv.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Svesse (6856) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JAN 11, 2015
(Bottle, Stockholm Beer Festival, 4 Oct 2014) Dark brown colour with frothy, beige head. Malty, spicy nose with notes of caramel, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom and dark bread. Malty, spicy taste with dried fruit, caramel, raisins, prunes, ginger, cinnamon and a gentle spicy bitterness. Full body, with a certain sweetness. Quite spicy, and with a certain alcohol bite. Still very well balanced and fairly warming. Very nice.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SirRaf (23) - - JAN 3, 2015
Clear reddish amber colour with a tall tan head; aromas of spice, bread; balanced flavour with a neutral finish; tasty. Candy and sugar everywhere.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shdougan (48) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - JAN 2, 2015
Pours a very dark ruby with a large foamy tan head. Aromas of raisin, plum, sour cherry, dark berries, caramel, and a handful of spices I can’t put a name on. It’s full bodied with an average-high carbonation and a fairly oily mouthfeel. The taste is quite dry with a nice spicy bitterness. Not much booze taste, but the warming sensation is definitely there. My only beef with this brew is it had quite a present metallic flavor all the way through. Despite that, this was an enjoyable beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lowenbrau (2522) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - DEC 31, 2014
75cl bottle @Cimmeria, Oviedo. 12-09-2014.
Pours very dark with frothy tan head. Moderate head retention, some lacing. Ginger, spicy, roasty and caramel aromas.Medium body, average carbonation, some crispy texture. Taste follows the nose, spicy, ginger (anis), roasty, caramel. Some dry and moderate bitter finish .

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Beardbeerman (241) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 28, 2014
750ml green bottle served around 15 degrees in a snifter: This seasonal ale pours a dense foggy black coat covered by a finger or so of fine tanned head. Retention is moderate and lacing properties are excellent. The complex nose delivers lots of spice with notes of cilantro, cinnamon, peppermint, paprika and another fresh herb I could not identify for sure. Very enjoyable. On the tongue, this fine brew gives out dark fruits, subtle notes of honey, caramel and a touch of smoke from the paprika. The mouthfeel is oily and very dense adding more enjoyable aspects to the tasting. Overall, this is a robust and complex winter ale that had a great spice backbone. It is full-bodied and very satisfying. I’ve got a 2012 in the cellar and I’m pretty sure you can let this one age a good 5 years. Excellent product!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cargo150 (959) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 2, 2014
Couleur brune-rougeatres avec un col mince qui résiste. Aromes de fruits rouges,épices,caramel, ressemble un peu a une bière de noel. Bonne mais un peu surévalué selon moi.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bulldogops (1114) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 28, 2014
Rating #1060 - April 18, 2014 - Have had lupulus and am super excited for this 750mL - 10%. Dark brown pour with a bubbly tan head, decent retention.heavy on carbonation Aroma is quite fruity. Full bodied. Creamy, buttery mouthfeel. Taste is plum, currant, raisin. Extremely smooth finish and a lingering taste of sweet malt. Astonishing.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
shorlin (719) - St. John’s, Newfoundland, CANADA - NOV 16, 2014
Beautiful solid tan head, deep plum brown. Mostly sweet fruit in the aroma, raisin, something else. Not really getting much spice in aroma. Taste is quite good generally, but there’s a metallic tinge to it that’s not really good. Takes something away from the experience. The feel is perfect, full warm and boozy. Overall, it’s good but that metallic thing bugs me.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lukin (511) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 16, 2014
bottle aged 1 year. dark earthy red colour with lively head. Great aroma of dark fruit, berries, yeast, wood. Taste is well-balanced, sugary malts, but with a slight off-funk on the aftertaste. Nice beer.


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