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RATINGS: 53   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
A strong ale with festive spices, this deep chestnut colored brew carries a hearty 8% abv. During the boil, the wort is infused with cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and other secret spices...resulting in a concoction that will warm the toes and invigorate the spirit. Pleasantly spicy when fresh, this ale will become more complex and mellow with age.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dmac (5599) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JAN 22, 2008
Draft at HDG served at Daze of the Devil II. Ok now Iím confused the HDG menu for the day says "Belgian yeast, chocolate, wheat malt, dried sour orange, zest of orange. (Step away from the mainstream winter spices while maintaining a traditional flavor). Other then the alcohol is this a new beer? Either way itís not bad. Pours a deep redish/brown with a small off white head. Aroma of wheat, grass clippings, yeast and chocolate. Flavor is much like the aroma only with a slight touch of graininess and orange. I was so banged up by the end of DOTD that my hangover is actually coming back as I write this review three days after the fact.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
notalush (5728) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 21, 2008
Tap at HDG - spice/herb/vegetable? - this is all weizenbock - dark mahogany brew, with minimal lace - aroma of red winter wheat, caramel, raisin - medium sweet, with dark fruits, light wheat tartness, and some bready/grainy notes - a bit of earthy flavor and orange zest - light notes of nuts and chocolate - nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beastiefan2k (3547) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - JAN 20, 2008
Pint pour @ HDG. Color is dark brown. The aroma is very weird, I like spiced beer but this is most different. Just some herb i cannot pinpoint with celery root or something, possibly mixed with pickling spices. Whatever, I like it. Taste is more balanced with some coffee and chocolate, spices take more of a backseat. Itís easy drinking with a light body, cannot tell that itís this strong at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - JAN 19, 2008
Tap at Hop Devil: Very deep burgundy in color with a tan ring for head. Evident Belgian yeasts in the nose; accompanied by a rich spice presence. Some dark citrus fruitiness as well and a cranberry note. Creamy body. The flavor has a mild roast upfront with residual spices of cinnamon and clove, followed by a light toasted citrus character. The finish has a smooth roasted, mildly bitter finish. Decent stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JAN 18, 2008
Draught at Brazen Head. Dark brown with an aroma dominated by dried banana chips. Some bruised, overripe apples in the aroma as well, along with some general cookie/cake spices. Flavor a bit like a spiced apple/berry cider drink except with added dark malty notes of brown sugar, molasses and mild chocolate. Has kind of a fruit-come-malt-come-spice order to the flavors. Some of the spice character translates now and then to an herbal medicinal bitterness, but thatís nitpicking. Hooray to this one for not tasting like Chinese dumpling sauce.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (11560) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2008
Sampled from growler courtesy of TomDecapolis. Poured a deeper ruby red color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of roast, christmas spices, spruce trees, and banana chips. Tastes of spices, roast, soem dark fruits, bananas, and chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2008
Thanks to TomDecapolis for sharing this growler... Appears a deep crimson with a dark chestnut surrounding when held up to the light. A light tan head fades into a small cap and collar. Spotty streaks of lacing is left around the glass. Smell is of plums, black cherries, bananas, cocoa, and spices. Taste is of the aromas with raisins, nutmeg, and cinnamon pulling through. This is similar to a dunkelweizen with light spices. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, estery, lightly spiced, and semi-dry on the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
egajdzis (6105) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2008
Poured a lightly hazy brown color with a small, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of banana, roasted malts, light chocolate, clove, and various other spices. Taste of chocolate, nuts, light caramel malts, banana, light clove, and lighter spices in the taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JAN 8, 2008
Pour a deep brown with lots of ruby red highlights and a medium creamy/bubbly off white head. Aroma of nuts, banana, a mix of holiday spices, some toasted malts, tropical fruits and a touch of roast. Flavor of light nuts, ripe banana, a touch of chocolate, toasted malt, toast a mix of holiday spices and very dry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maverick34 (2984) - New York, USA - DEC 30, 2007
Draft. pours dark with lots of nuttiness and some chox & caramel malts. Pretty drinkable. for waht it was and hid the alcohol content well.

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