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RATINGS: 34   MEAN: 3.58/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 21   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
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This is a one-of-a kind beer brewed for the “cool” months of the Southern California winter. We blend together locally harvested spruce tips from Angelus Oaks, maple syrup from Wisconsin and cinnamon from Saigon in just the perfect amounts to complement each other. The base beer has a nice rich flavor of malt and caramel which combines with the spices for a very well balanced and delicious beer. Additional Information: This beer was first produced in December of 2009 and the response was so good that we’ve decided to brew it each winter!


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ryanfolty (1909) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - DEC 21, 2012
December 21, 2012 bottle from Joe. Cloudy brown pour with nice head and lacing. Malt, grain, spice, cinnamon and caramel in aroma. Taste was strong on the cinnamon with some caramel and wood. Finished nutty and somewhat dry bitter. Thanks Joe!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
thome50 (1083) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - DEC 20, 2012
Bottle from Hollingshead. Pours a mild amber with slight white head. Aroma is again minimal with some malt, cinnamon, coriander, sweetness. Taste is very muted in terms of cinnamon and other spices. Has a very thin mouth feel which is not great for this style in my opinion. Overall, nothing to write home about at Christmas.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Barreras (1054) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - DEC 14, 2012
Pours a deep amber color with aroma of spice and syrup. Taste is a bit cinnamon spice with a slight bitter aftertaste. A lingering spruce and nutmeg on the palate. Overall a decent seasonal that warms your chest.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mjg74 (2492) - La Mesa, California, USA - DEC 10, 2012
Bomber from K&B. Medium amber in color on the pour. Nose is lightly spiced with a bit of an herbal quality to it. Moderately sweet up front with a dash of cinnamon. Decent malt character with a subtle hint of roast.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HangarJunkie (5) - Victorville, California, USA - NOV 23, 2012 does not count
On Tap at the brewery, pours amber in color with about an inch head. On the nose it has some pine notes with honey and some spice. It tastes of sweet malt with honey and spice and finishes clean. It stays on the palate but overall not too bad. I prefer hullabaloo more but this isn't bad for a winter beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - DEC 20, 2011
This screams winter warmer. Good strong base beer with pine notes followed by fruit and sweetness. A little spice for good measure. A solid winter ale.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7874) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 8, 2011
2011 version on tap at the brewery. Pours with a hazed amber body with a minimal off-white head. Aromas are of dark fruits, caramel, spices, a bit vinous, bready, and maybe a small hint of butterscotch (diacetyl like). Flavors are fruity (esters), caramel, alcohol, malty, medium spice and dark fruits. Medium carbonation with a slightly fuller body.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5537) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 1, 2011
On tap at brewery. Nice chestnut brown with a fizzy off white head. Spruce and molasses up front in the aroma. Tastes of cinnamon, spruce, and molasses with a bready roasted barley backbone.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffManSW (436) - Riverside, California, USA - JUN 5, 2010
On tap at the 2nd anniversary party..pours orange brown with a thin tan head...sweet aroma with a light spicy note..not one flavor of this beer really sticks out more than another..very mellow.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LtDan (1796) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JAN 29, 2010
Numba 5! Appearance: Pours a murky dark copper with no real head to speak of. Aroma: Sweet, fruity malt. Taste: Sweet cinnamon, spruce, caramel and booze. Mouthfeel: Slightly syrupy. Overall: After a pint, my reaction in Guy Fieri fashion was "MONEY." A real tasty kick in the ass.


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