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RATINGS: 338   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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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.


2.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mwbrady12 (469) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 19, 2012
Mild aroma and almost red appearance with a complex floral taste and warming mouthfeel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wnewberr (100) - Huntersville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 8, 2012
Caramel and vanilla aroma. Vanilla flavor. Great clarity but head disappears quickly. Full palate but not a big fan of the oaklike aftertaste.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
msante79 (2211) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2012
Bomber from kinz. Pours clear copper with an off-white head. Aromas of vanilla, toffee, nuts, dark rich malts. Flavors of sweet malts, vanilla, toffee, caramel, some bread, and faint hops. Nicely balanced, mouthfeel is a little thin.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
scottyshades (130) - Parkland, Florida, Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2012
A: Pours a barely transparent mahogany color with a small off-white head S: Awesome caramel malts, nuts, toffee, light spices (no clove), a little bread, lactose, and powdered milk chocolate T: Finally a winter warmer with a great flavor profile thatís not overdone. The spices blend very well with the malts. Also lactose, toffee, and a really delicious chocolate/cocoa note that compliments the nuttiness MF/D: Smooth velvety feel, lower carbonation, lighter in body than the others, and a finish of lactose, cocoa, and hazelnut Notes: not the biggest or boldest, but perfectly balanced and not too spiced up

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
magsinva (881) - Virginia, USA - AUG 18, 2012
tap at bier garden Asheville, reviewing from notes tasted 12/22/2011 - Clear orangish-brown with a thin white head. Aroma is cherries, vanilla, oak, holiday spices. Taste is mildly bitter with some biting notes, finishes pretty cleanly. Overall, its OK.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Huhzubendah (2638) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 5, 2012
Bottle shared by Lunch. Thanks Paul! A: This brew appears clear and rusty orange / brown in color. The head is thin and wispy, but manages to generate a fair amount of lacing upon the glass. S: Scents include vanilla, malt, alcohol. T: This beer is quite different than I would have expected from a winter warmer. The flavor is remarkably similar to how I would imagine an alcoholic cream soda tastes. I happen to enjoy cream soda, so Iím totally cool with this unusual take on the style. Vanilla is the most forward flavor, followed by some sweet malt and light spice. M: Thin bodied, with a fairly low level of carbonation. D: A fun and interesting brew, but not something of which I would want too much. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 01-24-2011

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
burg326 (3841) - Florida, USA - MAY 30, 2012
On tap at the Brass tap, poured a brown color with aromas of vanilla, toffee, nutmeg, and some nuts. Flavors are the same, but some sweet malts coming though, also light caramel flavor in the aftertaste.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tzachary (2) - Knoxville, - APR 29, 2012 does not count
22oz. bomber poured into Ballast Point pint glass. Although its 80 degrees and humid outside (not really Winter, eh?), the label caught my eye, Earthfare had it on sale, and I had never tasted it before, so here we go. Paired with roasted, unsalted almonds. Aroma: Subtle vanilla. Appearance: Pours a clear reddish brown, with a 0.25" off-white head. Minimal lacing. Taste: The first thing that comes to mind is spiced rum and vanilla coke. Thereís minimal hop bitterness present, with the main flavor being the smooth, slightly sweet, vanilla. Palate: Medium bodied, with a slight cream texture. Medium-low carbonation. Despite the weather being incongruent with the assumed target, this beer was enjoyable.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 25, 2012
Consumed on 1/8/11. This was the third installment of City Bevís Freakiní Firkin Friday. Had a pint at the store yesterday. Pours a hazy brown-tinted copper. A small off-white head caps it off. Faint lace sticks around. The nose is potent with strong notes of vanilla, nutmeg, toffee, toasted pecans. Fantastic nose. Extremely smooth, creamy mouthfeel, as was expected with the cask. Carbonation level is minimal. Perfect sipper. Flavor profile mirrors the nose somewhat with vanilla, cinnamon, sweet malts. The spices are more muted in this version of the beer, but this is still a splendid winter dessert brew. Perfect to sip on a crisp, cold evening.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2012
22oz bottle from JCB, thanks Jason! Pours a clear, deeper and brighter ruby-amber colored body with a finger-width, creamy, tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is sweeter and malty with caramel, a touch of toast, light spices, and subtle fruits with raspberry, cranberry, and cherry. A light vanilla and apple-cinnamon. Flavor is similar. Rich caramel and much more of a distinct vanilla up front before some cinnamon and spice comes in. A touch of toast with a subtle mixture of the berry fruits from the aroma before the spices and a light grassy hop dry this out and give it a light bitterness. A light caramel balances the finish before leaving a fairly lengthy aftertaste of vanilla, spice, and slightly toasty caramel. Medium body and a soft, moderate carbonation. Overall, a really solid beer. Very well balanced with a lightly toasted caramel, smooth vanilla, cinnamon spice, and subtle fruits. Good one.


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