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RATINGS: 361   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
Our ever-changing spiced winter seasonal. A tasty brew that complements all your holiday festivities. It is typically malty in body, lightly hopped, and rounded out with spices that we vary from year to year.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
ragee (1) - Harrisburg, North Carolina, USA - DEC 11, 2007 does not count
I love this beer. It is very hard to get. We went to Asheville this weekend and couldnít find a bottle anywhere. We walk into Ingles and there sat a keg of it. Needless to say we bought it and drove home to Charlotte with it. Enjoyed the first glass last night.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerguy101 (5359) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 9, 2007
This spiced ale pours a medium orange color from a 22oz bottle. Medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is caramel, sweet and spicy. A medium bodied ale. The malts are fruity and sweet, with lots of caramel flavors. The hops are earthy and spicy. Very smooth tasting. The spices tend to match and not clash with the malts in this beer. Nice. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TikiE (368) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 8, 2007
Got to try this amazing beer because of tiki taylor. Had it with dinner and it tasted like a desert honey bun. Want to find it bottled to enjoy this amazing beer at home!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Collint (475) - Sylva, North Carolina, USA - DEC 8, 2007
Off the tap at nick and nates. Poured dark amber with a nice head. A very festive beer. tasted like a cinnamon bun. Very nice aroma, great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - DEC 8, 2007
Bottle. Shared by a generous Ratebeerian at the PP Strong Ale Fest 07. Rich, rose colored shade of copper with an ivory head. Bourbon, spices and cigar aromas blend with sweet malts. Rather thin mouth feel with tons of vanilla. Malty sweet with cinnamon and spice notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
LinusStick (3252) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2007
Another knockout from my Secret Santa. This is one awesome beer. Aroma of giner, chocolate and nutmeg. Pour was a flat brown with no head. Taste was extremely complex. Started out tasting like a chocolate milk shake. After a few sips strong cinnamon and nutmeg come out. The finish is very spicy and tingly. The cinnamon and nutmeg flavors grow as the beer warms. Could use more carbonation but the creamy mouthfeel was good too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
elmatador00 (519) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 5, 2007
Pours a reddish brown with a tan head. Has hints of caramel, spices, nuts, vanilla, and some dark fruit. Finishes light and clean on the palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 5, 2007
Bomber. A strange deep, dark, but also shiny and clear red color with a real big soapy tan head. Odd looking, but kind cool. Smells as sweet as candy with syrup on top. Really unique flavor...I get some honey, caramel, raisins, grapes, vanilla, coffee.... Quite complicated, really strange, but somehow still good and balanced. It surprisingly doesnít leave my mouth sticky and finishes much cleaner than I expected. Tastes sorta like a sweeter version of a low alcohol barleywine...if such a thing existed. One of a kind for sure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - DEC 4, 2007
Got this big íol bottle from Jimbowood sometime last year, I believe. Ever been inside the tinderbox? Itís a cigar shop that is found in malls throughout the country. Well, this stuff smells just like the inside of a tinderbox. Vanilla, malt and tobacco are on the nose, and the flavor tastes like a sweet vanilla cigar. Weird, but pretty good. I guess itís fitting that a beer from North Carolina tastes like tobacco.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rayg1 (586) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 2, 2007
Pours out a deep drark red with a a huge tan head. Aroma is sweet as can be with caramel and spice. Taste is interesting, heavy on the vanilla and cinnamon as well as nutmeg. Good lord this is sweet and spicy!!! I have to say up front that Iím not a big fan of hugely sweet beers. For this reason, I canít rate this beer very high, however I must say that this beer would be much better if I had split the bottle with two or three people instead of trying to drink it myself. Too much sweetness is sometimes not a very good thing.

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