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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


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Bottle. Pours a beautiful mahogany with a nose of cinammon, speamint, and light grass. Flavor is cinammon, cocoa, light vanilla, spearmint, and sugar. Lingers on the tongue. Nice beer. Must be Italian.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
djd07 (3243) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2411) - Michigan, USA - FEB 5, 2013
Got this in a trade with icetrauma, thanks man. 22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but was bottled recently. Pours fairly clear extremely dark reddish brown color with a nice 2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big caramel, chocolate, toffee, raisin, fig, toast, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, brown sugar, dark bread, light roast, and light herbal. Excellent aromas with great complexity, strength, and balance of malt/spice notes; very inviting. Taste of caramel, chocolate, toffee, raisin, fig, toast, dark bread, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, ginger, brown sugar, light roast, and herbal. Light spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, chocolate, dark fruit, toast, toffee, dark bread, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, nutmeg, light roast, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice flavor balance, complexity, and robustness; with a great malt/spice balance; and minimal cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy and fairly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent winter warmer style! Great balance and robustness of flavors and spices; and extremely smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dnstone (2126) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 9, 2012
Pours a murky amber-brown with nice tan-off-white head. Aroma is fresh, spiced, caramel, and bread crust. Spicey and balanced taste with roasted edges. The is a perfect holiday beer to me, really captures flavors that go with the season.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
merc7186 (1957) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - APR 19, 2014
Aroma: Cinnamon, Allspice, Ginger, Mild Cardamom Appearance: Dark Black Hue, Passes No Light, Off White Head, Decent Lacing Taste: Cocoa, Ginger, Allspice Mouthfeel: Decent Carbonation, Medium to Full Bodied, Over Spiced, Mildly Sweet

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rougeau13 (1940) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dfinney23 (1573) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 7, 2012
Have a couple bottles in the fridge too but this one was freshly tapped @ Porch Swing. Lots of spices but damned if I can name the predominant one.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bleeng (1496) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MaltOMeal (1090) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jbeatty (1010) - New York, USA - JAN 21, 2013
Bottle, reviewed from notes, tasted 12/24/2012. Dark muddy brown pour, creamy tan head. Aroma of vanilla, milk chocolate, cinnamon and holiday spices, moderate sweetness. Taste is cinnamon, nutmeg, earthy spices, roasted malts with light chocolate notes, mild bitterness. Medium thick palate, easy to drink. Decent, straightforward holiday brew.


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