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RATINGS: 64   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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This year’s beer is a dark ale brewed with cinnamon with vanilla, coffee, and cocoa nibs added. It was inspired by a fantastic dessert we used to share with Virginia at our favorite restaurant. The Brown ale leads with a bold coffee and subtle cinnamon aroma. Complex malt overtones quickly give way to a chocolate, coffee and vanilla mix of satisfying bliss.


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3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jasond612 (275) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2013
10/18/13 $11.95 bomber bought from CBO. Poured reddish brown. Nice lacing throughout drinking it. Everything listed on the bottle was in the aroma: coffee, chocolate a sweet cinnamon (candied). This was a strong coffee and choc bomb but no cinnamon in the taste. Good stuff. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (4434) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 27, 2014
500ml shared at Travlrs. Filtered brown-amber. Thin oily head. Nice balance between all the sweetness. Smooth on the palate. The cinnamon and coffee, vanilla are really nice. Pleasant, well-attenuated beer. Good stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (9726) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - SEP 18, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours opaque brown with a medium, bubbly beige head, medium-short retention with good lacing. Aroma is chocolate, nutty and toast malt with cinnamon, vanilla and dates and no hop aroma. Flavor is sweet chocolate malt, light toast and nutty notes, faint chocolate, light earthy hops and light bitterness, dark fruits with cinnamon, vanilla and a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.

2.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
cstuartj (979) - Washington, USA - SEP 5, 2014
Bottle, pours dark reddish brown with a small head and lots of lacing. Very malty, sweet nose. Attack is bread yeast, sugars, a bit of bitter bite on the side of the tongue. A long lingering finish. Good middle of the pack beer.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bebum (308) - - AUG 15, 2014
Deepp copper/brown. Full body, avg texture. slightly flat mouthfeel, low carbonation and alcohol heat, Moderately bitter, little acidity, not too dry, Hop, vanilla. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
micieli6000 (27) - New York, USA - AUG 6, 2014
Very disappointed in this one. The description had me giddy. Vanilla, cinnamon, cocoa nibs! Yet I tasted none of these flavors. Even so this was a very bland tasting beer. Maybe next year will be better.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
boxofrane (2127) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2014
Bottle from wegmans. Pours brown with a large brown head that has decent retention. The aroma has big cinnamon, vanilla, and a bit of coffee. The taste has a nice cocoa, light vanilla, and the cinnamon comes in the finish . Really nice brew.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4943) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2014
Sampled on draft at Hou Thou this beer poured a dark brown color with a huge creamy beige head that lingered and left exceptional lacing. The aroma was Doctor Pepper. The flavor was Doctor Pepper, malted milk, chocolate, fig and toffee. Long finish of Doctor Pepper and malted milk. Moderately full bodied. Disappointing.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NeoHippie2 (1010) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 3, 2014
Dark brown pour with an off-white head. Similar to the 2012 in aroma but the coffee presence is very pronounced. Flavor is spiced coffee but the coffee subdues some of the other flavors going on a bit compared to the 2012 version. Still a respectable brew.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OmegaX (1256) - Florida, USA - APR 13, 2014
This was quite enjoyable. Bottle at home. Nose is cocoa, roast, some sweet milk chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt. Palate is a bit sticky, medium bodied, medium carb. Flavor is chocolate heavy with a medium sweetness. Malt galore and good vanilla and chocolate flavors. Nice!

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Emeister84 (993) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAR 9, 2014
Aromas of vanilla, milk chocolate, and peppermint. Dark ruby with a mostly retaining small white head. Dry, floral, herbaceous, quite minty. Medium bodied and finishes with lingering mint.


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