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RATINGS: 310   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - MAR 9, 2005
Bottle courtesy of Wohlfs. Reminds me of that clove gum in the blue wrap you find from time to time. Can’t really smell or taste much else. While this scores well in each category, by the end of the bottle it is a little too much.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - FEB 19, 2005
Bottle of indeterminate age. Pours a deep chestnut color. A small tan head forms and quickly fades to a slight ring around the edge of the glass. Holy clove aroma Batman! Very dominant spices fill the room after opening the bottle. A little bit to much for my enjoyment. Flavors blend very nicely however. There is lots of clove, allspice and slight orange flavors. Seemingly a spiced porter??? Medium bodied and smooth. Malts balance out the spice nicely, aging may have helped to mute some of the spice blast. Pretty enjoyable as a sipper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeM500 (1905) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - NOV 1, 2004
Year old bottle, very gracious thank you to Mike whom we met at the brewpub. Red and dark, massive spice nose of allspice, nutmeg and coriander. Thick, rich malty body, spices at the finish turned to citrusy hops, orange rind and grass. Alcohol is now strong and up front. Wow, what a brew!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2003
Nice and dark like a good porter, no head at all. Seemed quite thick when I poured it out. This has a pumpkin pie smell to it, nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon. Has a pumpkin pie flavor with chocolate soda sourness to it. Maybe a little too much carbonation for this type of beer taking away from the other subtle flavors. I like it but I dont. The bitterness in the aftertaste does make up for the watery blah soda flavor you first take in. This is nice and quite different from anything else I have had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hvac4sl (31) - Dowling, Michigan, USA - FEB 27, 2003
Reddish dark brown colored. Poured little to no head. Aroma was fruity, pumpkiny. Mouthfeel was medium with a strong pumpkin pie taste with a hint of chocolate malt. As hard as I tried to find some hops, they weren't there. No matter, this beer makes a great nightcap, especially on a 5 degree night, which is what was intended.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pauliefrog99 (302) - FLINT, Michigan, USA - FEB 25, 2003
Poured a reddish brown with light brown head. Thick body. Spicy, malty, cinnamon nutmeg flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - FEB 13, 2003
Thick solid head tops a rich dark body. Tons of malt and orange peel in the nose. On first sip, some alcohol warmth, pleanty of malt sweetness, and loads of orange ... didn't really notice the anticpated cinamon, clove or other winter spices. I think that this has the makings of a decent brew, but someone went too heavy with the orange peel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - JAN 25, 2003
Too much going on in here to make me happy - this is complex in the way a thanksgiving dinner among too many strained relations is.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2009 Similar to Anchor’s Special 2002...chalky, spicy (cinnamon and nutmeg among others...pepper?), malty, but not as hoppy. Similar palate. Not quite as good as Anchor’s model, but close. Nicely seasonal by some small guys doin’ the right thing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HoppyKev (50) - Redford, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2002
Very dark ale, spice flavor can’t quite place, good blend between the hops and maltiness, very good seasonal beer

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