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RATINGS: 42   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
Our winter seasonal is a nod to the classic altbiers of Dusseldorf. A full, toasty malt profile is countered by generous additions of German Hops. Well balanced but assertively hopped, this complex but approachable beer is ideal for shaking off the chill of winter.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 30, 2013
THOUGHTS: Nice crisp beer. Lots of malt nicely balanced by the hops. Dark copper like a dirty penny Not really the best style for winter. It was more transitional to me. Like Summer into Fall or Winter into Spring. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a slightly hazy, dark copper with an average, creamy, off-white head that mostly diminished and left excellent lacing. The aroma had moderate caramel, biscuit, toasted and nutty malts; light floral, perfumy and spicy hops; and some fruitiness. The initial flavor was moderately sweet and bitter; while the finish was heavily sweet and moderately bitter with an average duration. There was toasted malts, hints of caramel, sharp herbal and earthy hops, floral and perfumy hops, a little biscuit, a little fruit, and yeast bread. The medium body was sort of creamy then dry with very tingly carbonation and a metallic finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
smith4498 (3285) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAY 27, 2015
Pours hazy medium brown color with tan head. Aromas of caramel and toffee with some bread. Similar flavors with a strange aftertaste. Medium body with average carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maxbier (707) - Maryland, USA - APR 5, 2015
Dark copper color with tan head. Aroma is characteristically malty. Flavor is sweet caramel Altbier malt with some pine hop balance. Less heavy on the malt than most altbiers. Enjoyed it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bkurtz (1009) - PERU - MAR 6, 2015
Bottle - Pours a clear copper with an head with large bubbles. Aromas of caramel and nuts. Sweet malt taste, somewhat astringent aftertaste. Average at best.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
EithCubes (5269) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 7, 2015
Bottle. Nose is nice and dark, some roasty character but more dark bread crusts a la crispy Munich. Very gentle yeast and hop character. Pours opaque dark brown-red, sort of a muddy amber at this point, with a short soapy beige head. Taste semi-dry, all malt all the time with a bready finish and slightly scorched crusts throughout. Some honeyish sweetness which I find disagreeable, light floral/earth/wood from the hops and a touch of neutral yeast. Light bitterness. Doughy, spicy character and a little overdone brothy melanoidin buildup. Full body, smooth, but doesn’t have enough carbonation to bite through the muddle. Fine as a sipper. I’m guessing the name ("Secret Spot") is a reference to Sticke?

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerdedDave (971) - - JAN 11, 2015
on tap at Red Owl in Philadelphia; dark, copper color; mild, bready malt aroma; fruity, bitter, spicy flavor; bready malt with caramel notes

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
voyageurmike (162) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2014
Bottle. Dark copper with slight white head, medium carbonation and body. Caramel malt flavor with mild hops edge, long finish. A decent but not exceptional beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
nimbleprop (6173) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 22, 2014
12oz glass at Big Hunt DC pours a clear copper with some tight, white head. Nose has mostly sweetness, toffee, cracker, bread, slightly metallic. Flavor follows right along, malty sweetness, caramel, mild spice, mild yeast. Drank a bit fuller than the abv let on.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerathon (1635) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2014
This beer deserves better than a 60 rating. Mahogany in color with thin white head. Nose of malts and mild spices. Flavor profiles lends to toasted and semi-sweet malts and a nice hop counterbalance. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DCLawyer (1952) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2014
Bottle->mini kolsch. Copper/brown with moderate lite tan head. A: malt, caramel, spice, brown sugar. T: caramel malt, nuts, earthy hops. Bittersweet. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (12460) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 5, 2014
12oz bottle. Clear copper body with small off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, caramel, some bread, light spicy, toffee. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel/toffee, light bread, spicy. Light-medium body, light stickiness.

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