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RATINGS: 348   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
vtafro (4242) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - DEC 3, 2014
Bottle. Brown pour with tan head. Nice spice, chocolate, and Christmas like aromas. Similar spicy flavors, chocolate and roasted tones.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
burg326 (4240) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sonnycheeba (4046) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2015
Bottle. Pours clear ruby brown with creamy off-white head. Aroma is bready and cereal malts, mixed berries, faint toast, and faint floral notes. Flavor is dry malt base with some dark fruit sweetness, light hops, and faint spice. Medium body and carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
maxwelldeux (4038) - Everett, Washington, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Draught. Pours a clear amber color with a smallish tan head. I get almost no nose off this. Taste is malty and interesting, with a bit of caramel in there. Pleasant bite to this beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TURDFERGUSON (4004) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 9, 2007
Tap at Tyler’s in the Boro. flat coke appearance with sweet fruitcake and roasted malt nose. Flavor is mocha milkshake, nutmeg, and weird christmas cookies. I am not a huge fan. Creamy and smooth palate, but just not my thing.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 29, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2012 Nice to see this in bombers this year, after several previous seasons of swingtop madness! The aroma is even richer than I recall, a sweet blend of vanilla, clove, cinnamon, and sugar. Lots of sweet malt flavors coming through the nose. It’s very nice to the taste too, with a rich body, some hops for balance, and a lovely lingering aftertaste.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nearbeer (3971) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 14, 2008
650 ml. Clear, deep garnet-brown with a lasting small head. Mild aroma of spiced caramel and light chocolate. Tastes of lightly spiced vanilla-chocolate mixture. The touch of earthy spices and hops provides harmony without being overbearing, resulting in notes of dark fruit, peppery oak, cumin, ginger, anise, cinnamon and clove. Medium body is dry and tingly with spices, and lightly carbonated.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ClarkVV (3933) - 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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RobertDale (3926) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - DEC 24, 2014
22 ounce bottle. Pours reddish brown with an average tan head. Aroma of malt, spice, and vanilla. Taste is malt, spice, vanilla, and caramel. I thought this was not too spicy. Enjoyed the vanilla. Tasty.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Iphonephan (3922) - McLean, 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.


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