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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 (2003) - 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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TH28 (146) - - NOV 22, 2014
Appearance is deep golden with a hint of orange, clear, with a thick white head. Aroma is an intense mix of oak, vanilla, citrus, cinnamon, ginger, and caramel. Taste starts with rich caramel and toffee and gives way to a woody, oak flavor with the addition of vanilla, cinnamon, and ginger. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy with a moderate carbonation and a strong alcohol warming. Finishes dry, with a lingering oak and vanilla flavor.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (8981) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 21, 2014
12 ounce bottle courtesy of AWISLguy and shared at a tasting, 10/6/14. Pours a clear amber with a large foamy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of heavy spice, including cardamom, ginger, clove and some banana notes. The taste is banana bread, ginger, clove. Medium bodied, mild lingering spice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
1FastSTi (3341) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 11, 2014
Original vintage. Pours to a deep rusty amber body with a tall and totally coating long lasting white head with some pretty nice lacing. Lots of visible carbonation cascades through the body. The aroma is caramel and toffee with cinnamon and allspice. The flavor is pretty sweet with a lot of caramel everywhere. Notes of nutmeg and earthy bark pop through. At times this reminds me of a cleaner version of Anchor OSA. Spice in this beer, however is much less apparent. Medium body finishes clean.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Salmoniform (992) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - NOV 1, 2014
Poured from bottle to glass. Orange copper hue with creamy off white head that lingered nicely. Aroma is clove, caramel, toffee, nutmeg. Mouthfeel is nice with a medium light body and crisp carbonation. Taste is dry sweetness followed by a spice and slight astringent finish. Overall this is a fun brew.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
RobertDale (3704) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - OCT 27, 2014
12 ounce bottle. Pours reddish brown with a decent beige head. Aroma of spice, caramel, and malt. Taste is spice, caramel malt, and some fruit. Not my favorite style. Well made of course, but not what I enjoy.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BOSSbrewer (1972) - Arkansas, USA - OCT 26, 2014
Had at a BOSS meeting, thanks to Goetz. Pours an amber color with one finger of off white head. Aroma is cardamon and cinnamon. Flavor follows and is heavy on the spices. It is hard for me to rate a beer like this. I absolutely hate the style - beer should never have these spices in it. But I can see how if this is the style, this one works. Nevertheless, I’m the one drinking and I hate this. So there goes.

2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
boozedude (1980) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - OCT 22, 2014
bottle shared with hakes and chad..aroma is hospital, and butts, taste is pouporee, and fruit, slightly bitter, this sucks in my opinion

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeremyh70 (773) - Missouri, USA - OCT 3, 2014
Pours a cloudy copper color with a big fluffy ecru head that sustains well and leaves good lacing. Aroma of pears and light fruit along with cinnamon, ginger and slight bubble gum. Taste has some light fruit sweetness at first then the ginger and cinnamon spiciness takes over, followed by some slight biscuit malt. Finishes dry with hints of lingering spices. Mouthfeel is semi slick with a medium body and high carbonation. A well put together spiced beer but not one of of favorite styles. The most I have enjoyed a spiced beer however.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
musinj6 (414) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 30, 2014
Pours a clear amber with a two finger head that lingers, but no lacing. Malt forward aroma, hint of booziness, nutmeg, vanilla, cinnamon and maybe some clove. Moderately bitter, but also modestly sweet. Full bodied with soft/moderate carbonation. Long spicy and bit of boozy finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (10196) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 15, 2014
Bottle poured a clear orange amber with a lasting creamy ivory head. Aromas of caramel, spice and a hint of fruitiness. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of caramel, spice and a hint of fruitiness with a smooth lingering spiced finish.


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