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RATINGS: 43   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ben4321 (5646) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 3, 2013
Location: Draft at Hay Merchant, 12/3/13

Aroma: The aroma is full of Christmas spices, cinnamon, chocolate, etc.
Appearance: It pours a dark brown color with a decent tab head on it
Flavor: The taste is much the same, heavy on the spice, some cake, plenty of sweetness
Palate: The body is medium, it has a decent feel, and a long finish on the mouth
Overall Impression: I thought this was a pretty darn solid spice beer. Another really enjoyable offering from Karbach. This is pretty cool. Also, great name.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mar (5240) - 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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
travita (4841) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2015
Can. The look is dark, brownish black in color, cola look. The smell is heavily spiced, fruitcake, nuts. Lots of Christmas traditions wapped up in it, but maybe tries to be too much and is too much for me. Too heavy on the spice and stuff.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (4584) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwalking05 (4577) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 22, 2013
On tap at WOB in Katy, TX. Brown with a decent beige head. Aroma is of cinnamon, nutmeg, toffee, earth, and ginger. Taste is of toffee, light cocoa, cinnamon, ginger, and other spices.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ads135 (4139) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 16, 2016
A really good Christmas beer, courtesy of Emma in 2015. Pours black with a very thick spicy character. Lots of nutmeg, cinnamon, and pepper.

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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maverick34 (2957) - New York, USA - NOV 15, 2015
Canned in htown. Brown pour. Serious spices and some nutty malts, as well as a plummyness. Pretty nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
merc7186 (2904) - 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

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dfinney23 (2671) - 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.


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