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RATINGS: 374   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 262   ABV: 8.75%
A spiced Winter Warmer brewed with nutmeg, clove, allspice and other holiday flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
BigBeer45 (1326) - Michigan, USA - DEC 24, 2009
Bottle, has a clear dark ruby pour with brown-black hues at the sides and top, made a small head of tan bubbles that recede to a ring and cover, bottom of the bottle is completely covered with sediment (which is typical for Dark Horse brews), this beer left lots of bubbly lacing on the sides of the glass, aromas of chocolate, toasted malt, spices of cinnamon and nutmeg, there may be other spices in this beer, some caramel in the background, flavors are predominately spices, taste like cinnamon and nutmeg, and a bit too much for me to really enjoy the beer, there are some toasted malt, chocolate and caramel flavors to but not enough for me to balance the spices, medium mouth feel, the aroma of this beer is fine but it was almost torture for me to drink the latter half of the bottle, the spices wore on my palate upon the first sip, it is not the 4 Elf beer, it is me, I find many spice beers are too much for me to enjoy drinking them, spice beers just do not go over well with me unless the malt balances the spices, if the spices were a little less in this recipe, I would have enjoyed the drink more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
smooch (238) - Sylvania, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2009
This is a nice lightly malty snack. Not too chewy, but looks like a flat diet coke. Not much head and a flavor that is good but seems more background. By that, I mean it is a beer that the flavor palate could be filled in with something else.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (8117) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 19, 2009
On tap at the brew pub. Poured a murky deep brown with a light brown head. Aroma was full of spicy notes, particularly cinnamon, with a strong grain note present as well. Flavor began with spices, cinnamon the most dominate with undertones of nutmeg and ginger, but the finish was full of grain and cereal notes. The beer was nice and smooth on the tongue.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
walleye (1080) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - DEC 18, 2009
poured brown with no head. aroma cinnamon, nut meg, cloves and other pumpkin spices. flavor a lot of the aroma and some chocolate, brown sugar and some ginger

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
3fourths (8598) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 23, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2009 bottle, 1 year old. surprisingly well-preserved, both for your typical winter warmer beer and being a dark horse bottle. rich toffee and maple-coated roast pumpkin and scorched/caramelized/reduced brown sugar - basically nails the pumpkin pie flavor (graham cracker, nutmeg, cinnamon). rich, malty, full and frothy, chewy and resinous. surprisingly good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (6236) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 17, 2009
bottle, by trade with ogglethorp, dark chestnut color with slight foam, aromas of cinnamon, clove chocolate, nutmeg, flavors of clove, rosemary, chocolate, woody, could be incredible but the flavors dont quite meld

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skyview (5310) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - NOV 8, 2009
Received 12-oz bottle from Secret Santa 2008. Pours a semi-clear dark brown colored brew with an average sized beige head that slowly dissipates to a thin ring. Aroma of caramel and chocolate malts, ginger, a hint of black licorice, and cloves. Taste is medium to full bodied, flavors of chocolate malt, nutmeg, cloves, licorice and ginger. Finish is semi-sweet and spicy with some floral hop aftertaste.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jkwalking05 (4202) - Arlington, Texas, USA - NOV 6, 2009
Bottle thanks to dukefan. Deep mahogany with a decent sized beige head. Aroma is delightful with notes of chocolate, clove, spruce tips, ginger bread, pumpkin pie and allspice. Taste is of roasted malt, chocolate, spruce and pumpkin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 15, 2009
12 oz. bottle - pours clear dark brown with white head along the edges; sharp nose of spice, ginger, cloves and maybe juniper; malty, dry and tons of spice flavors; interesting and maybe a tad too much spice; not quite as enjoyable as the stone/nogne one; certainly not boring though as many holiday ales tend to be

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sebletitje (7801) - Enghien, BELGIUM - OCT 10, 2009
courtesy of frampin. pours dark brown with beige head. Aroma is just wonderfully loaded with spices; ginger and cinnamon. Just felt like sniffing a pine tree. Flavor, spices are as in aroma, very present, mostly ginger and cinnamon. Malt is also to be noted adding a ncie chocolate profile to the beer with hitns of cocoa nibs. Medium carbonation, and seems to be more than the announce d6.5%. Interesting festive beer for sure.

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