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RATINGS: 187   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.


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3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hateball16 (105) - - DEC 4, 2012
Can. Appearance: Nice ruby colour with excellent clarity, large creamy light tan head, lasts reasonably well and leaves some nice lacing. Aroma: Very strong vanilla dominates, also some rum notes (actually the aroma can be well described as spiced rum). Faint hop aroma. Flavour: Quite sweet, not usually a big fan of sweetness, but this actually works for me with this beer. Not much else really, some nuttiness and toasted bread. Slight bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, medium body, a chewiness that I can’t decide if I like or not. Short finish and not much of the warming aftertaste that I like in a winter beer. Overall: I could drink this again quite happily, but probably won’t go out of my way to get it. Will try it on tap soon hopefully and maybe it will impress more.


2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 5/20
lordjakir (1) - Stratford, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2014 does not count
Looks and pours nice. Low on carbonation, not a big issue. First taste - sweet. Overwhelming chocolate. Was hoping for something more complex, but it’s just chocolate. Better options out there

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jdobbs (410) - New Brunswick, CANADA - DEC 10, 2014
Aroma: very distinct vanilla scent with some sweet maltinessTaste: sweet vanilla taste immediately paired with slight bitterness Appearance:clear copper body with medium head

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
UXO (411) - CANADA - DEC 6, 2014
Pours clear deep amber with one finger of tight light tan head, great retention, excellent lacing. (4/5) Nose is chocolate, caramel malt, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg. (6/10) Taste is moderate to strong sweet, mild bitter, mild spice. (6/10) Medium body, somewhat cloying, moderate carbonation, mildly bitter and moderately spicy finish. (3/5) Not bad, but a little on the cloying side. I think it’s the chocolate in combination with the fairly high sweetness - neither the carbonation nor the spiciness lifts it enough to avoid the cloying description. The spice helps with the winter warmer character, but a little higher ABV might help it more. Pretty, sure, but ultimately a little disappointing. (12/20)

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
wolffish (238) - Quebec, CANADA - NOV 20, 2014
Le produit ne sent pratiquement rien. Au goût, c’est plutôt bon (surprenante vanille, chocolat blanc) mais ça s’arrête là... J’ai vraiment eu l’impression de croquer dans 3-4 Maltesers ;-)

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
maley1 (807) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 17, 2014
On tap. Clear dark amber pour with small off white head. Aroma is a huge blast of chocolate, faint malts, caramel, spices and dough. Taste of chocolate, caramel, slight toffee, faint spice and bread dough. Medium bodied, lower carbonation, slightly cloying.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VincentDamon (364) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 16, 2014
De couleur brune avec des reflets rouges, cette bière a une mousse correcte et un nez fort sucré et singulier où les notes de toffee donnent carrément l’impression de sentir une confiserie. En bouche, c’est encore une fois sucré à souhait : chocolat, toffee, vanille. Sucre, sucre et sucre encore. Disons que ce n’est pas subtil, mais en petite quantité, ça peut être plaisant et original. Confiserie en liquide. J’aime l’originalité. Cheers!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Arseniq33 (1) - Montréal, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 15, 2014 does not count
From a bottle to a pint glass. Wow, I could smell the chocolate from the second I started to pour this. I really wasn’t expecting that (even though it says "chocolate aroma" on the box... Yeah...). Chocolate then leads the way to toffee, then to some vanilla. Basically, it smells sweet. The color is beautiful, being a nice dark ruby. The first taste is, not surprisingly, chocolate. It then gets bitter, you get a bit of vanilla, then tastes like chocolate again. The finish isn’t really long. Personally, I find it way too sweet. It’s not a bad beer, just not one I’d go directly to.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BiereLuc (974) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 14, 2014
Brune aux reflets rubis, peu mousseuse. Le nez présente du chocolat... On ne parle de chocolat nulle part sur l’étiquette ou sur le packaging. C’est intéressant, mais totalement inattendu. En bouche cette saveur chocolatée se confirme avec un fond de toffee qui nous guide vers une finale légèrement vanillée. Comme on dirait dans un français super correct : «j’haïs pas ça». Si seulement je savais à quoi m’attendre, j’aurais pu y être prédisposé. Et là, je ne sais juste pas comment conclure. Arrêtons simplement... (RÉVISION) : C’est écrit «arômes de cacao» sur le 6-pack. C’est juste moi qui est mélanger. J’ajoute 1 point overall en guise d’excuses et je continue de protester dans ma tête.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Raistlin (144) - London, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 11, 2014
Smell of this beer is out of this world. As soon as you pour the beer you can smell chocolate, like the dark chocolate yo would use for cooking. Taste is not a let down either. It is smooth and just right balance of sweetness. Medium thick texture lends itself to easiness of drinking of this beer. Appearance however is a let down. Its flat, almost no foam at all. Color is just dark brown. Overall really unique beer.

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gregorymconway (140) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 7, 2014
Can from LCBO. Light to medium amber transparent body with an off white beige head. Notes of cocoa, milk chocolate, very sweet aromas, cranberry. Soft carbonation and low percieved bitterness. Very sessionable.


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