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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 3.41/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 37   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Ah, the sudden Texas change from Summer to Winter. This might possibly be our favorite time of year. Pull on your hoodie and head to your local pub for something warming. This, our Winter seasonal, is a black ale spiced generously with cocoa nibs, orange peel, ginger, cardamom, allspice, nutmeg, and cinnamon. It truly is the holidays in a glass.

Medium bodied, this brew delivers a surprising amount of dark chocolate bitterness while the spices dance on your tongue providing a complex array of winter flavors. 8% ABV, please drink responsibly. Otherwise you might shoot your eye out!

Malts: Pale Vienna, Munich, Chocolate, Carafa, Crystal
Hops: Spalt, Hallertauer, Saphir
Extras: Ginger, Cocoa Nibs, Orange Peel, Cardamom, Allspice, Nutmeg, Cinnamon
O.G.: 18.5 plato


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mar (4842) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2011
growler thanks to mora2000. black with a cream head. nose is spices, clove, gum drops, pine, and christmas. chewy palate, flavor is full of holiday spices, light yeast, and a spiced gum drop finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Tabednar (139) - - DEC 11, 2011
12.10.2011 - Houston, TX On Tap Strong, seasonal beer. Very aromatic and full bodied. Another good one from Karbach.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SudsMcDuff (5824) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - DEC 6, 2011
Tap at Da Saucer, H-Town .. . woah, quite a lot of spices .. mellow mouth .. . cinnammon, almond, sugar, medium dark fruit and pumpkin spices .. . good, but a pint would be tough .. . . What the hell was that? I knew I shouldn’t have eaten that packet of powdered gravy I found in the parking lot.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (6633) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 3, 2011
On tap at local bar. Pours a hazy deep toffee brown with a light brown head that dissipates to the edge. Aroma has a good amount of dark grain with roast and a nice spice with nutmeg. Flavor is nicely spiced with roasted malts, dark grains and a hint of bitter chocolate.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MaltOMeal (1091) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - DEC 1, 2011
On tap at the Sugar Land Flying Saucer. Pours black with a tan head. Nose is of cinnamon, nutmeg and other spices. Taste is a confused mix of roast malt and spices. Mouthfeel is medium. Not bad.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (11942) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 1, 2011
(Growler, courtesy of Mora2000) Pours a reddish brown body with a medium beige head. Aroma of cinnamon, ginger, caramel, and roasted malt. Flavor of roasted malt, cinnamon,, clove, caramel, ginger, anise, raisins, and nutmeg. A little over the top with the spices for my tastes.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mora2000 (5681) - McKinney, Texas, USA - NOV 20, 2011
On tap at the Petrol Station in Houston. The beer pours a dark brown color with an off-white head. The aroma is full of Christmas spices, with quite a bit of cinnamon and some caramel and toffee malt. The aroma is very spicy overall and also has a little bit of alcohol mixed in. The flavor follows suit. I get a lot of cinnamon and caramel malt, as well as a little bit of nutmeg. There is also some nice raisin notes in the flavor, as well as some other dark fruit such as cherries. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rougeau13 (2002) - Richmond, Texas, USA - NOV 16, 2011
Dark brown, clear, with a moderate, thickly lacing beige head. Aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg and pine. Taste is thin malt with a bunch of nutmeg and cinnamon and a mild bitterness. Medium-thin. Good, but thin.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
djd07 (3553) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 16, 2011
On tap Flying Saucer. Pours a Dark brown with light tan head. The aroma is a raisin malt and some smoke. Thin mouthfeel with a light smoke and raisin malt flavor. Easy to drink a good spiced brew from Karbach.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bleeng (1521) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - NOV 4, 2011
Draft at the Queen Vic Houston TX. Black with a small tan head. Nose is smoky with some spicuness. Tasts is very spicy with a some smokiness and some sweetness. Interesting and pretty good.


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