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RATINGS: 361   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Suttree (6052) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 29, 2003
From giant flip top bottle. Burgundy, thin white head. Apples, cherries, nutmeg in the aroma, and in the flavor, as well. also, some butterscotch and maple. Very good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Iphonephan (6048) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thirdeye11 (6044) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 9, 2009
(1L swing top bottle thanks to ballewblake) Pours a dark chocolate brown with decent head and good lacing. Nose is caramel, sweet corn, and chocolate. Taste is mildly sweet chocolate, finishes with more delicious chocolate, a nice hop balance, creamy and overall very good. A nice surprise.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5997) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 25, 2009
1L swing-top bottle. Pours copper with a short tan head. Aroma is very nutty, malty, sweet (brown sugar) and chocolaty with light spices. taste is chocolate covered peanuts, creamy, sweet malts, light spices, and more brown sugar. Body is medium with a light creamy carbonation. Finishes with more nutty flavors, chocolate, spices and light hops. Tasty!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vyvvy (5782) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - APR 26, 2006
Thanks to tannertavernboys for sharing. Pours a dark garnet with a minor amount of head. The aroma is spicy with cinnamon and maybe something else. There is also a rich carny sugar aspect that is present, but not overbearing. The beer is medium bodied with light carbonation - could be due to a bit of aging. Interesting taste to the beer, very unique. There are elements of cherry pie filling, but quite dry - bits of caramel - spiciness (cinnamon, ginger, others?). The finish has some hops to it, they have an dusty / earthy taste to them. An interesting beer Iíd like to try again.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
decaturstevo (5760) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - FEB 5, 2008
Deep amber with off white gooey lace and head. Spices and sweet malt dominates the nose with just a hint of hops in there as well. Flavor of ginger/vanilla/oak? Really odd pleasant flavor with a hint of furit maybe cherries. Mouthfeel and carbonation are solid. A really good beer that is full but refreshing. It is safe to say that it is a spicy mama.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ClarkVV (5704) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 14, 2007
2006 Swingtop bottle from Oldgrowth, drunk on 5/26/07
Still plentiful carbonation resulting in a massive, auburn-specked-beige head that is slow to recede, yet eventually falls to cover, leaving light lacing. Mostly clear body, with nearly no sediment on the bottom is a chartreuse-orange with darker chestnut tints.
Smells meaty. Like gruit meaty. I was sort of expecting something of a spiced scotch ale, but I didnt really get that. Like they used lots of heather and a darker spice, not as dry and distinctive as cinnamon, but still quite astringent and puzzling. The rest of the beer seems to be an amber ale, with crystal malts hardening things and not really complementing the already dry spiciness. That meaty, almost vegetal quality returns on the end, with some vanilla and lots of toast. Maybe some anise in there too? Alcohol is well-concealed, but there could be a bit of DMS and the spices just dont provide any enjoyment that I can find.
Sweet caramel, with tons of esters providing plums, red apples and figs. Crystal malt hardness never really allows for a soft or full texture and the spicing goes from weird to astringent. An interesting cherry-orange-vanilla-anise thing going on on the finish, with lots of lightly tannic grains. Needs a lot more base malt, just gets too crunchy/earthy/toasty. Carbonation is quite high. Not really flawed, just overspiced and with a really strange malt bill.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
obguthr (5589) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUN 23, 2011
Pronounced caramel and tea aroma. Hops smell a bit stale which is understandable given the bottles age. Hazy dark copper, thin head. Caramel flavor, strong, with lighter berry undertones. Milk chocolate also present. Medium bodied. Strong french vanilla finish. Not spicy, but malty and delicious.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JPDIPSO (5588) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 3, 2006
Brown colored liquid with a bubbly light taupe color. As a group there were many descriptors thrown about when it came to the aroma. Rubber ducks, baby powder, fresh diapers, vanilla pudding, just to name a few and I donít think any were discounted. There does seem to reside a touch of caramel, but one does seem to have to search for it. Flavors of some anise and spice cookies. Blue moon ice cream as well. An interesting holiday ale. I didnít mind it, but there are some odd nose and taste things going on.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Ernesto987 (5567) - Arizona, USA - NOV 23, 2011
Bomber, itís got the southern tier Creme burlee flavor. Luckily itís just a significant flavor not utter dominance. Dry finish, thin body. Lame brew


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