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RATINGS: 467   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
A full-bodied, brown ale with a rich chocolate taste created from roasted chocolate and caramel malts. Topped with Czech Saaz hops to give it a spicy flavor and aroma.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
storminorman (78) - Arizona, USA - NOV 30, 2011
(12oz bottle). Pours hazy brown with lots of sedimentation in suspension. kahki head. Aroma of wood, caramel, and cocoa nibs. Taste is sweet with some roasty bitterness. Kind of like a chocolate tootsie pop. Medium finish with a slightly bitter, dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rondphoto (3626) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - MAY 26, 2016
bottle @ Party Town / Florence KY --- Aroma of caramel malt. Clear dark mahogany brown color, two-finger beige head that slowly drops, streaks of lace. Taste is malt and light spice, as one might expect in a Winter Ale, but following a fizzy swallow, harsh hops, almost rye flavored, crash in for an unusual malt and hop fight. The two sides can find no agreement. Could be better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlackHaddock (5756) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 21, 2016
12oz bottle into a Corsendonk glass on 20th May 2016 while on holiday in California. Dirty, murky brown body, scummy off-white wisp and collar, no lacing. Chocolate front in the nose and taste, mild spice hints in both the aroma and flavours too. Better than it looked.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mark_Eck (1435) - - APR 24, 2016
Bottle. Pours brown. Aroma and taste are light chocolate roasted malts, some spices.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Vaiz (4182) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - APR 6, 2016
Tasted @ monthly 1st Wednesday tasting @ brewpub De Molen. Hazy brown pour, thin off-white head. Aroma of roasted malts, licorice, caramel, toffee and slightly spicy. Flavor is quite bitter, spicy malts and with a decent body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mariuspoenari (1104) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAR 28, 2016
35 cl bottle. Very dark ruby-brown pour with a thin beige head. Smells like dried fruit, sugar and metal. Tastes like caramel, dried fruit, milk chocolate. Soft mouthfeel with a low carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GuideDogSaint (1028) - Xiamen, CHINA - MAR 2, 2016
355ml bottle at Beer Station, Xiamen. Pours clear dark brown with a thin off white head. Aroma of hops, cola and malt. Bittersweet finish. Hidden alcohol.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
markextrae (3199) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - FEB 13, 2016
sample from small bottle, deep amber brown colour with an off head. nose is sweet chocolate, caramel, and slight nuts, sticky syrup mouthfeel. slight spices, ok.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
stevoj (3612) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 14, 2016
Bottle from Grocery Outlet. Average brown ale, but not even up to the standards of their Downtown Brown, so what’s the point? Spicy, only in the faintest sense. Dull pour, slightest elements of chocolate, cinnamon and assorted other "winter" spices.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
edwardbass (767) - Illinois, USA - DEC 25, 2015
Murky dark brown with a medium tan head that goes away quickly. Nuttty, chocolate, a bit of spice. A bit more carbonation than I’d expect. It’s pretty decent for someone who’s not a fan of the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nie (81) - - DEC 17, 2015
Bottle pour to cup. Hazelnut, nutmeg. Sweet malt focus, syrup, nutmeg, brown sugar, cola, bittersweet finish.

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