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RATINGS: 210   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
buzzoven (376) - JAPAN - MAY 20, 2009
Tawny tan in colour with a peppery caramel nose. The taste really impressed me: butterscotch, candied yams, slight creamy syrup. Something about this reminds me of Anchor Steam’s Bock and their annual holiday brews. Would love to see this recipe steeped up a bit in hops and ABV and it would be stellar...but I enjoyed this very much as it is.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
EHGsean (28) - CANADA - MAY 5, 2009
As holiday ales go, this pales by comparison to a lot of biger, maltier, versions of the style. No alcohol warmth that is typically present in a "winter warmer" or holiday ale, but this beer is designed more for the general public, rather than the beer snob crowd. Chocolate and vanilla all the way through the beer make this a good after dinner pour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 9, 2009
Draft. Poured a clear amber/maple syrup color. The head was off white. Pleasant aroma of cinnamon donut, sweet cream, and a bit of spicy malt. Medium bodied. Slightly sweet up front with a dry-ish finish. I tasted cinnamon donut, cola, and a ytouch of sassafras. Decent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
abubbaofbeer (3) - , CANADA - DEC 26, 2008 does not count
Great vanilla smooth finish. A brown slightly red colour and thicker but small head. One of the better local consistent winter beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerledgend (1196) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 10, 2008
Big chocolate aroma. Bright amber in colour with small white head. Strong white chocolate flavours. Very sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - OCT 13, 2008
A fairly good brew. Pours out a brown color with a small head. Aroma is malty and sweet. Flavor is similar with some choco in the finish. One of the better offerings from this brewer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 3, 2008
taste resembles that of Newcastle Brown Ale with a little more of a chocolate finish. Little head with a ruby red color. Fantastic.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Powertrip (1000) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 10, 2008
One of the finest noses I have ever come across. Rich melted belgian chocolate over a powder-sugared crépe’s. Hints of spicy malbec grapes softened by lush endless malt. Waves and waves of the malt follow into the mouth, all gently wrapped in a roasted glaze and finished off with sutle mild hops. Such a tragedy that this beer just slightly loses its edge with a bittery finish and also a touch too much carbonation. Still, gorgous beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (10327) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 21, 2008
White chcocolate in aroma, mostly. Whitish thock lacey look, although mouthfeel was lighter. FInishes bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 4, 2008
Butterscotch, toffee, vanilla and chocolate in the sweet aroma. Clear copper coloured body is topped by a decent, fine bubbled, tan head that recedes slowly to a lasting cover with some lace. Toasty and doughy malts with notes of biscuit, wafer-cookie/waffle, vanilla, cinammon and chocolate up front in the flavour. Mild bitterness keeps sweetness from becoming overwhelming. Medium body with moderate carbonation that is lightly prickly and does a good job of concealing the somewhat slick texture. Half-pint glass. Cellar temperature. Bottle (BCLS at Kingsgate, Dec-07).

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