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Carniola Winter Giant

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Brewed by Pivovarstvo RR - Carniola
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Ljubljana, Slovenia


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RATINGS: 5   MEAN: 3.2/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.95   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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Only its warm breath with the smell of aromatic anise and citrusy hops let’s you know why the mighty cold in this mysterious winter night can’t crawl to its bones. The mix of chosen tastes of sweet caramel, tropical pimento and invigorating coriander, with a pinch of oriental ginger makes sure that the robust body can slowly soften, and take under its safe wings a gentle and freezing soul nearby.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
veceo (643) - CROATIA - DEC 14, 2014
Cloudy brown color, average sized off white head. Medium body, average carbonation. Aroma of herbs, spices, malt and something like rosemary. Taste is also herby, coriander, malt, citrus. Medium sweetness with light sourness. Interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ogivlado (5882) - Zagreb, CROATIA - NOV 28, 2014
Bottled 500ml. -at Brežice Beer Fest. Hazy dark amber coloured, medium sized creamy off-white head, mild acidic Speculaas nose with a whiff of cinnamon. Sweet malty, again Speculaas and cinnamon with mild spicy hoppy notes. Nice one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Marko (4053) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - NOV 23, 2014
Brežice Beer Fest (almost a lost rate). Murky dark amber body with a good off white head. Aroma... something between Speculaas and ginger, only in gummi bear form. If that means anything... in any case, very pleasant indeed. The taste is a bit thin, peppery, cloves, something like that, vaguely sweet. Ah, it’s OK for a spice beer - the taste’s a mild disappointment after the aroma, but I’d have it again.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
tmzl (89) - SLOVENIA - APR 2, 2014

Look: Pours with almost no foam, white, big bubbles at the side of the glass, quickly diminishes, leaves a soft misty top layer, very little lacing. Cloudy, brown with red hue - definitely not your typical porter (it says on the label that this is a porter, but I haven’t seen a "porter" like that (nor tasted it)) with almost no carbonation.

Smell: Spices. Maybe could detect some ripe ginger (the label points out anise, allspice, coriander and ginger). Some light honey, molasses, no hints of roast. The spice mash up reminds me of sarma, segedin goulash and other cabbage stews (Dimethyl sulfide! - maybe there was an infection with some bacteria...). Maybe also some oxidized hops.

Taste: The same spice mess, even worse than the smell. Also some notes that remind me of dry sawdust. Light spice start that goes to empty middle. The finish is watery, empty, no bitterness or anything else but the random spices - like some corrupted mineral water.

Mouthfeel: Light to low medium, light crisp start but nothing more.

Overall: I have no idea what they wanted to do with this one, just the idea that this got onto the market is beyond reason. It says that this is porter, it’s not. Avoid. (It does have a tempting label tho; with waxed cap... but age won’t help this disaster).

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MarkoNm (749) - Novo mesto, SLOVENIA - FEB 23, 2014
Wow, this winter beer was a pleasant surprise. Pours a completely hazy amber color with a small and quickly disappearing white head. The aroma is simply amazing. Gentle aroma of hops is complemented by a superb aroma of anise which immediately reminds me of the Christmas fairs and punch on the stands. The taste is sweet and you can feel other spices. It’s very creamy and smooth with a slight bitterness in the aftertaste. Amazing.

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