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RATINGS: 172   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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Combines premium malt with aromatic specialty hops. Brewed with our special yeast, this beer has a vanilla like finish. A robust ale. Pair it with holiday meals.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jonas (5484) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - JAN 15, 2010
Bottle. Praline aroma. Dark brown red, low head. Fruity, marmelade, dry, filled chocolate. Light body, light spicy finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
JoeZasada (282) - Beaumont, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 29, 2009
Bottle. Pours a reddish amber colour with a thin white disappearing head. Sweet aroma of vanilla. Tastes of vanilla, some malts, and a bit of earthy hop bitterness. Finishes crisp and bitter. Very interesting flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JHunter (675) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 28, 2009
Pours nice dark colour with a nice vanilla aroma. taste sweet carmal vanilla . easy to drink get way to end your christmas meal.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
v1rgil (151) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 28, 2009
UPDATED: APR 3, 2012 Used to be a great beer, but has gone downhill in the past few years. Some vanilla/cream notes, but overall a generic beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
baraciisch (1534) - USA - DEC 23, 2009
Not much aroma, hint of brown sugar... Flavor is brown sugar, vanilla, maple syrup... Not much bitterness... Very crisp and smooth... Delicious

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
darrennelson12 (350) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 19, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2011 On tap; nice golden, auburn color. Taste of strong vanilla notes followed by caramel and subtle milk chocolate, very easy drinking. I found the beer to be good as a one off, but probably would not drink multiple pints at a time as it is quite sweet.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bw1982 (113) - , Arizona, USA - DEC 4, 2009
Draft. Pours a great brown with tan head. Aromas are great, lots of sweet malts. The vanilla on the finish is very strong, but not cloyingly sweet. Really great, could put away quite a few of these.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zeek (165) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 12, 2009
A robust beer that isn’t overly spiced so you can drink multiple pints at one sitting. Aroma is very nice, although somewhat muted for a spiced beer. Pours beautifully, looks great. Tastes great, a little sweet, finishes with a candy like after taste that is very nice. Will buy again!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
22415brewery (370) - redmond, Washington, USA - OCT 30, 2009
Reviewed as a Winter Warmer: Nice dark amber with ruby highlights, the first thing I think of is vanilla then spices. This can be a very tasty and flavorful holiday ale with a smooth caramel and chocolate spiced aroma followed by a large hit of diacetyl that adds to the buttery-vanilla finish. I’m not sure if a taste flaw is what the brewer intended, but either way it is a very sweet-finishing and easy drinking beer. The finish is a bit, flat, could use more body, and a bit lacking in that it could use a bump up in ABV%. We did agree however after the last sip that the overly-spiced finish (vanilla mainly) was cloying and concluded that it was nice to try once, but would not drink multiple pints.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gravelle (104) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 25, 2009
Little head with a ruby red color.Great chocolate aroma and taste with a light vanilla smooth finish. One of the better local consistent winter beers.

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