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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Iphonephan (6274) - McLean/Jackson Hole, Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2013
In draft at Trio in Kill Devil Hills NC. Pours a clear amber with an ecru head. Malty nose with a touch of fruity hop notes. Flavors of cocoa and cloves. Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrinkinWell (389) - - DEC 26, 2013
Even though I prefer the 2011 batch of CMWA, I still love this beer. Pours dark, translucent amber with light head and minimal lacing. Aromas of cinnamon, subtle nutmeg and honey. Slight hoppiness balanced by sweet notes of chocolate and vanilla. A great winter ale!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - DEC 26, 2013
Dark brown with nice lacing head. Nutmeg, allspice, orange peel aroma. Medium body, quite tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tmongoose (2229) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 22, 2013
on draft. pours a dark red mahogany color with whitish head that leaves a decent lacing. the aroma of sweet malts chocolate and mild spice. the flavor is more of the same. the chocolate malt dominates this beer with the medium sweet malt base. actually pretty decent for a winter beer. when you mix the malts, chocolate and spices this way it does work.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tillmac62 (685) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - DEC 20, 2013
Bottled 12/13. Pours a ruby amber with a nice head and lacing. Slight nose of sweet malt with a hint of spice and chocolate. Light medium bodied with a nice level of carbonation. Smooth, but not slick or creamy, mouthfeel. This is not a strong flavored ale. It has more of a subdued profile rather than a flavor bomb. Light spice, cinnamon/cardamom, over a light sweetness. Pleasant and not overpowering. Crisp finish that leaves a slight bitter and spice aftertaste that is also tart.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
FatWater (20) - Martinez, Georgia, USA - DEC 18, 2013
It looks to be about 20 SRM and has an awesome malty flavor of toasted oats and caramel with a lot of vanilla, and graham cracker...like a cheese cake crust. really light hop bitterness, probably 10-15 IBUs. Mouthfeel is rich and buttery. 2 finger head which retained well and left a nice lacing down the tulip glass I used. Finish wasn't dry at all and the vanilla came through strong at the finish. Aroma wasn't anything special, no hops, all malt. I am thinking they didn't use any hops in the last 5 minutes of the boil because it virtually had an all malt aroma. Pretty darn good beer, definitely a great session winter beer, abv is 5.8%. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tnkw01 (1728) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 16, 2013
Bottle. Dark clear color. Really nice head. Aroma was really pleasant. Spicy vanilla. Taste was a little weak but also spicy vanilla.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (11644) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2013
Sample at Nona Tap Room. The beer is a clear mahogany color with a medium foamy off-white head that recedes gradually. Small patches of lacing. Malt, caramel and vanilla in the nose. Light to medium body with flavors of roasted malt, caramel and spiced fruit. The finish is sweet with a malty aftertaste. Decent overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AGGarcia44 (18) - - DEC 12, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2013 Aroma is caramel, toffee, slight ginger and nutmeg. As beer warms the spices and dark fruit come through. Taste matches aroma but is stronger than what aroma foreshadows. Lasting caramel sweetness with a slight puckering spice finish. As beer warms the dark fruit character comes through.Head quickly dissipates and hugs the rim of the glass creating a lacing effect. Head reforms with an easy swirl.Medium body with a barely noticeable slickness buttery mouthfeel. Very clear light brown in a shadow but deep red with some light. I?d recommend serving at 55-60F as the flavor is much more potent

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
EricTeusink (700) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 7, 2013
Apparently everyone in Asheville goes crazy over the release of this beer. It is a good brew and is widely available in Atlanta. Pours light amber with slight white head. Spiciness in the scent and taste is slight and blends well with the sweet-leaning flavor. Medium light body and well carbonated. Draft - Augustine’s - Atlanta, GA

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