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Our heady Spiced Ale summons escape from the ordinary. Lavish English and Wisconsin Malts slow brewed caramel goodness into this beefy bronze Strong Ale registering 20 degrees Plato O.G. Aged on Oak in the Open Top Cellar so that Cassia Cinnamon, Ginger and Allspice could be carefully hand stirred into the velvety Toffee notes of this aromatic Spiced Ale. 100% Naturally Bottle fermented to warm the chill from your soul.


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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fidelis83 (1932) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - FEB 17, 2014
Clear dark copper pour with a 3 finger, creamy yellow-beige head that has great retention and leaves nice lacing. Aroma is loaded with a very nice spice blend up front, warm but mellow cinnamon, earthy ginger, maybe some allspice, but I have a harder time picking that out, dried apple and orange peels, lots of toffee and caramel, earthen woody notes and a hint of toasty oak. Flavor is loaded with toffee, warming spice -lots of mellow cinnamon, more ginger than the aroma and possibly some clove, though that could be the allspice- and tons of banana oil up front, then light woody notes, dark chewy caramel, orange peels, overripe apple, light pine and herbal hops. Medium to heavy body with a chewy feel throughout, light to medium, sharp and blanketing carbonation. Good stuff overall, really hits the spot on a cold night. Probably the most warming beer (especially in the stomach) I have had that isn’t ridiculously boozy, spiced with peppers (that I know of) or a complete punch to the face with cinnamon or ginger. This stuff has plenty of cinnamon and ginger, but they didn’t really go crazy with it. It really hits it mark around 55F, at fridge temp the fruity notes just don’t fit well.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7131) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 28, 2014
12 oz bottle: pours a clear deep amber golden with a clingy-lacing froth of off-white head. Has a sweet cinnamon and allspice nose with some toasty caramel malts and noble hops. Body starts with good fullness and effervescent carbonation revealing a clean biscuity malty sweetness and good cinnamon spice balance with a touch of light fruity complexity in the finish. Has good balance of sweetness, bitterness and spices.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (6613) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - AUG 25, 2014
Bottle thanks to Adam! Pours a hazy amber with a white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has strong spice with a bit of a pine must and a sweet grain backbone. Flavor has sweet bread with Christmas spice with a bit of caramel.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arnold931 (528) - Iowa, USA - AUG 24, 2014
Bottle. Pours clear copper with nice off white head. Nose is allspice and apple. Taste is mulled wine. Lots of alcohol.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
tectactoe (1725) - Michigan, USA - AUG 23, 2014
Bottle: Clear, beaming copper with a mild red tint all around it; foamy, semi-chunky white head settles slowly on top. Moderate lacing along the glass. Aroma is dominated with holiday spice. Notes of gingerbread cookie, allspice, cinnamon, clove, & sweet toffee. Underneath the spice, there are small hints of plums, dark fruit, baked bread, & mild notes of Belgian-y yeast... This might just be due to the clove, though. Taste is quite spicy. Lots of sharp ginger & allspice with cinnamon taking a small backseat. Toffee, earthy notes, burnt toast, plum esters, & thick yeast swarm around, leading into a slightly bitter finish with lingering kitchen spices on the palate. A decent spiced beer, but just a bit too ginger root heavy for my tastes. A little more sweetness or strength from other spices would’ve suited me better.

2.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
tvail4 (17) - - AUG 22, 2014
clove, amber, hazy, rocky head, white foam, medium bitterness, light sweetness, light body, slick feel, average carbonation,

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcartamdg (1952) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - AUG 21, 2014
Pours a light brown with no head. Aroma of spices, sweet malt. Taste is spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice. Taste follows, is what’s advertised, loads of spice.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrewMstr (86) - Pleasant View, Utah, USA - AUG 19, 2014
Dark amber pour with white head. Spicy malt aroma and taste. Slight alcohol finish as well. Strong, malty, slightly sweet, probably a fall/winter drink.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
gregwilsonstl (1069) - Missouri, USA - AUG 17, 2014
Hello foam. Dark bronze. Dominant smell of red hots. Banana. Loads of cinnamon. Some ginger. I’d like to try this in a lighter ale. Too much strong ale base for me. Thanks Erin.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TXBadger (1352) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 7, 2014
Pours a hazy deep amber color with cream colored head. Sugar, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and some malt on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with spice. Nice.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LtDan (1784) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JUL 27, 2014
Appearance: Pours amber gold with a sudsy white head.

Aroma: Cinnamon, gingersnaps, cola.

Taste: Ginger snaps, earthy hops, toast.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Average carbonation.

Overall: This is obviously not an everyday drinking beer, but perfectly executed and delicious. I would have fun braising meat or baking sweets with this beer.


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