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RATINGS: 341   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   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.


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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CheersMate (1312) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - JUN 4, 2009
Picked this up in Athens, Georgia. Five Points Bottle Shop, 22 oz. Plus, as an added bonus it was only $2.50! Nice fluffy head that fades away to a nice thin head that sits on top of a deep dark brown translucent beer. Looks like a friggin good spice/herb/vegetable to me. Sweet aroma, but I am a bit upset that the spices donít hit my nose harder. If this is a spice/herb/vegetable beer then I am a little confused as to where the spices are, at least, in the aroma. Anyways, a semi-sweet caramel aroma, and that is about it. Ok, now I am picking up a SLIGHT spice aroma, but nothing special. The flavor was a surprise. Very sweet sugar/malt flavor. Slight spice flavor, but really nothing special. Very big malt taste, but the spices are far too muted for me to give this a great rating. Slight bittering hop at the end, with a slight spice tingle, but not enough to save this beer. Very smooth texture.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 28, 2005
22 oz, snifter. Medium, tan and creamy head rests upon a clear brown-red beer. Strange leafy spices approach the nose. Shades of vanilla, cocoa, brown sugar and nutmeg ensue. Watered down taste is moderately sweet throughout with a slight hop kick in the end. Odd tea leaf aftertaste. Medium bodied with a very water texture and moderate carbonation.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2006
Bright copper body and off-white head. Aroma of crystal malt, ginger, juniper, and vanilla. I pick up troubling urinal undertones. Flavor has a tea-like malt profile plus mixed spices and vanilla extract. Lacking in coherence and not particularly to my liking.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ClarkVV (3892) - 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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 26, 2007
Pours a clear reddish brown color with a thin beige head. The aroma is sweet, with spices and fruits. The flavor is tart and spicy with some caramel sweetness and a dry finish. The body is light with a creamy texture and moderate carbonation.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 5, 2007
10-7-07 bottle (shared with lb4lb courtesy of DrBayern). Although this beer is made in my favorite city in the world - it just isnít my favorite beer in the world. Ruby amber color with tan head. Hints of caramel and butter (yes, butter!) in the aroma. Decent carbonation - a bit on the high side. A bit bland and watery - but not the worst seasonal Iíve had. I think I rated this higher than I normally would just based on the brewery - but overall it really isnít horrible for a spiced beer.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
LtDan (1784) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - DEC 18, 2010
Appearance: Pours a dark clear copper with no head.

Aroma: Caramel and hazelnut.

Taste: Vanilla, hazelnut, walnut. Finishes bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, spicy carbonation.

Overall: Not bad. Not exciting either.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
frozen_glass (51) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 20, 2011
All the bubblegum sweetness and minty freshness of a candy cane is packed the in the aroma. Translucent brown color, with a fleeting tan head. Sweetness dominates the flavor throughout, supplemented by bitterness in the middle, but the flavor isnít overwhelming. Medium body and carbonation. A pleasant, but weak and very sweet, winter beer.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jabic (431) - Brigantine, New Jersey, USA - JAN 3, 2012
Ar: Slight malt and toast - a bit of cinnamon, pepper, and some stale fruitiness. Ap: Copper, crystal clear - medium very light tan head - good retention with thick lacing. T: Very fruity - blueberry and raspberry - fruit and slight maltiness dominates - very low bitterness. P: Medium bod with medium carbonation - finish is somewhat dr. O: Simple and drinkable beer - fairly one-note and fruitiness is a bit artificial, but overall, not too shabby.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Johnsense (854) - - FEB 4, 2012
Collor coloured pour, good head, good lacing. Subtle aroma of candied dark fruits. A bit more complex as it warms - Dark fruit, hard candies, a bit of cinnamon and some spiciness. A bit light in the mouthfeel. Very subtle, whereas I prefer a winter warmer that will make you take notice.


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