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RATINGS: 307   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 262   ABV: 8.75%
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A spiced Winter Warmer brewed with nutmeg, clove, allspice and other holiday flavors.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ibrew2or3 (6888) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 24, 2009
Courtesy of fishingnet. Pours mahogany with thin tan head. The aroma is huge with Christmas cooking goodness emitting all spice, cinnamon, cloves, anise, nutmeg, ginger and mint. Aroma seems to be 100% spice and is like sticking your nose into a spice cabinet. The taste is much the same with overwhelming spiciness from all those noted in the nose. Overall to me this seems to be over spiced. It would be interesting to try in 5 years when the spices have been muted and blended some with age.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wmubronco1992 (614) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - JUN 16, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2010 Draft at the brewpub during Crawfish Boil 2009. Pours a dark brown. Large tan head. Lots of lacing. Very spicy aroma. Tastes of nutmeg, cloves, gingerbread and other spices. Nice full bodied feel. Makes you think of the winter holiday season. Gives you a noticable warming sensation. Didnít expect to find this on tap at the Dark Horseís annual crawfish boil. Odd for the summer, but still quite a treat. Very tasty beer.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
gkost (1710) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 14, 2009
poured a deep red. Nose is an abrasive potpourri, nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, mint and vanilla. Holy Christmas! Smwlls like my grandmotherís house during the holidays. Flavors is much the same as the nose with some woody notes. Not my kind of beer. Too much even for a small sample.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 26, 2009
2008 Bottle - Thanks ogglethorp! - Pours dk dk brown with a medium creme head...aroma is highly spiced, autumn fruits and pumpkin, dark sweet malt...flavour is immediately heavy nutmeg, cinnamon, raisin bread, allspice...there is a light bitterness on the end and is dry throughout...while the spice is the biggest (only) noticable component, this would be great to share around the fire when itís snowing...this brought me to Christmastime instantly and itís currently Summer...

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - MAY 24, 2009
Pros: Super heavy spice character, big time pumpkin, allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon and brown sugar. Strong flavor. Lots of taste. Even finishes well. Nice color.

Cons: A bit heavy on the spice, so much where it is basically the only element. Thin bodied. Out of balance.

Still pretty impressive.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10660) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 23, 2009
Draft at Dark Horse. Poured hazy reddish brown color with an average fizzy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate to heavy complex nutmeg sweet aroma. Medium to full body with a sticky texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy spicy balanced flavor with a medium sweet spicy finish of moderate to long duration. This is good complex seasonal brew.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
holdenn (2080) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2009
12 oz bottle. Pours black with no head. Aromas of licorice, molasses, chocolate, christmas spices, spruce, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Chocolate, molasses flavors with spearmint and nutmeg. The spices balance surprisingly well. Smooth, slick body thatís slightly syruppy. Decent spiced beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beastiefan2k (2421) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - APR 17, 2009
Bottle from hoppymeal. Pours with almost no head. The color is dark, dark brown, almost black. Basically, this beer is in the vain of Anchor OSA. It falls just a bit short. Aroma is full of spices, Christmas tree, some anise (licorice). Its a bit watery with nothing else behind it. The flavor is a bit better with a light burnt aspect, just a bit fuller. The mouthfeel has little bit of a silky feel to it but in general pretty light. I would like to see this with a bit more body and heft to it behind the spices.
12oz bottle, New Belgium rounded goblet glass, thanks again Derek.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (4726) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 14, 2009
Bottle: Poured a deep brown color ale with large foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of spices (nutmeg and light cinnamon) with a well balanced sweet roasty malt body. Taste is also very well balance between some sweet malt with notes of nutmeg and light cinnamon and maybe some white pepper? Body is about average with good carbonation and a nice creamy body and no apparent alcohol. Very well done with great balance while being easily drinkable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - APR 13, 2009
Had this on tap at the brewery. Good and spicy. Dark dark brown. Christmas style ale with lots of cloves, dried fruits, cinnamon and other similiar flavors. Decent duration of similiar flavors. Good.


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