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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2008
Pours a very dark brown that some light comes through. Minimal crème head. Nose is very nutty and leafy and earthy. Very nice indeed. Flavor is robust and sweet. This seems like a mix between a winter warmer and a brown ale. Distinct sugar-laden characters with noticeable earthy qualities there as well. Liquid feel is smooth. Carbonation is low, but still nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
blipp (8284) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAY 29, 2008
Bottle. Pours ruby/brown with a thin beige head. Aroma is spicy, fruity and roasted, with notes of banana and caramel. Medium body. Flavor is more roast with smoke, coffee bean, and fruits and spices lying in the background. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
notalush (5732) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slipstream (2481) - USA - FEB 18, 2008
This seems like a cross between a weizenbock and a spiced holiday ale. Flavors of prunes, coffee, herbs, and hops. The high alcohol level is tastable. Unusual and interesting. On tap.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 17, 2004
Christmas spiciness at the nose. Deep garnet/amber color. Quickly dissipating head. Honey sweetness with tastes of gingerbread and cinnamon. Usually I am not a fan of spice beers, but this is nice.

   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 15/20
JoeMcPhee (9325) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 22, 2008
Tap at HDG Daze of the Devil. Very dark brown beer. Toasty chocolatey aroma with a bit of brown sugar and loads of banana as well. Flavour is very chewy and sweet. Spicy and wheaty with a chewy lingering sweet finish. Toasted sweet malts and light chocolate. Lingering spiciness and is quite well-balanced and tasty. A kiss of alcohol on the back.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - JAN 30, 2008
Tap at HDG Daze. One of my favorites of the day. Very nice dark color with a little head. Aroma of wheat, and spices with a lot of malts to balance it out. Nice flavor. Very well balnced spices and great body. Some faint dark fruits of raisins and some bittersweet chocolate too. Pretty good overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (18323) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 3, 2008
Draught at Hop Devil, NYC. Dark amber, offwhite head. Malty aroma, vinous notes, some cinnamon, fruity and with banana notes. Fruity flavor, roasted, candy, some banana, some chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
abcfan (919) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 6, 2008
This is one spicy brew! Very well balanced for a seasonal beer. Nice malty, fruity and spice flavor. Pours a dark amber, almost black, with thin white head. Has a strong banana flavor with hints of nutmeg. Very good for a seasonal beer.

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