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RATINGS: 34   MEAN: 3.4/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 37   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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

Modularman's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Modularman (132) - - NOV 27, 2013
Aroma of spice, appearance is very dark with a light tan head, taste of spice, nutmeg, banana, toffee, nice holiday beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerRenter76 (341) - Texas, USA - JUL 22, 2015
F.U.N. Series #008, 2013- This version is their "Yule Shoot Your Eye Out" winter seasonal that has been Aged in Bourbon Barrels. The beer pours a dark brown color with an off-white head. Some spotty lace left behind. Aroma is full of Christmas spices, cinnamon and some caramel, toffee malt, some vanilla and wood from the barrels. The flavor follows suit. I get a lot of cinnamon and caramel malt, as well as a little bit of nutmeg. There is also raisin notes in the flavor, as well as some other dark fruit. The wood and vanilla come through but dont mix that well, kinda strange and slightly off-putting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
daknole (10346) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 10, 2015
Brown pour, beige head. Spices up front hit big with some malt. I get the cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, orange and some vanilla hints. Interesting beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sjohnny (427) - - DEC 24, 2014
Spice, fruit, malt. Dark brown/black with a quickly dispersing cream colored head. More spice, cocoa, fruit. Glassy smooth, sweet. Very slight bitterness on the very end. This is a really nice beer.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
outlawskies (481) - Ohio, USA - OCT 12, 2014
Julie says. It's okay nothing exciting she gives a 3.2. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
merc7186 (2653) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwalking05 (4331) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RespertFTW (521) - Michigan, USA - DEC 9, 2013
Bottle. Murky mahogany. Heavy all spice and cinnamon aroma. Same notes in flavor. A little to heavy on the spice for me.

-- rated with beerbasher

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ben4321 (4881) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
brewballs (214) - USA - NOV 28, 2013
Good seasonal ale. Dark, espresso hue. Soft ,lacy head. Sugary notes. A bit spicy. Smooth washdown. Seems like it needs to hike up on the abv level. A pretty basic ale. Typically fall/winters need an extra kick that separates one brew from another. Yule needs to integrate something smokey or perhaps using more distinct spices to play on sweet and bitter flavors. Good but not great. Buy it. Say you did buy then keep shopping around for a better Christmas Ale.

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