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RATINGS: 90   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.09/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
Black dogs's Winter Cheer ia a very hearty ale made from five different malts and three hop varieties. It has a deep copper color and its flavor balances the sweet malt with siginicant hop spiciness. The perfect beer to cheer up a winter's evening.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Goodgrief (2000) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - APR 13, 2008
Beer pours dark copper color with nice head and lacing. Aroma is of caramel malts. Flavor has a lot of bready/toasty/biscuity notes, subdued sweetness and dry finish. Some spicing as well. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
heemer77 (5297) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - APR 2, 2008
Deep brown body with some ruby highlights. The thick head is dark tan, The aroma is piney with some grapefruit at the same time. Interesting as I usually smell one or the other. There is also some leather and caramel. The taste has some toasted almonds with caramel. There is also a nice grapefruit hop finish. Surprisingly good, especially for a Spanish Peaks brew. While the flavor profile may fit an amber, the body is fairly dark for that style.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hopdog (11653) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2008
12oz bottle. Poured a deeper and clear golden color with a large sized head. Aromas of toasted grains and all around earthy. Tastes of caramel, grains, and light chocolate. Thin body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ibrew2or3 (8207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 21, 2008
12oz bottle consumed at New World in Tampa. Pours clear amber with lasting tan head and some sheet lacing. Mild aroma with a rich roastiness as well as a bit of sweet dark fruitiness. It has a rich inviting flavor with roasty malts mixed with pine hop bitterness. The malts seem to dominate but the hops canít be dismissed either. Toward the finish a brief dark fruitiness surfaces and mixes with mild caramel candy sweetness to add to the persistent roasty maltiness. Tastes better than I was expecting.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ChainGangGuy (4809) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 17, 2008
Appearance: Pours a clear, brownish-red body with a flimsy, off-white head. Smell: Mushy brown malt aroma with hints of berries and spice. Taste: Ill-defined brown maltiness, though no real sweetness. Dash of sparkling water. Light fruitiness. Faint hint of spice. Mild, tea-like bitterness. Dry finish. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Watery. Drinkability: I appreciate it trying to Winter Cheer me up, but it just didnít really come together for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2008
Nice looking ale, pouring a clear dark reddish copper body with a goodly sized eggshell head that coats the glass heavily with thick lacework. The aroma has sweet malt, almost caramelly, with a bit of apple and an earthy bitterness. That pretty much describes the flavor except that the bitterness tends to grow and linger. It also gets a bit dirty as opposed to earthy. Not sure what makes this a Winter beer, but Iíll stick with others.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - FEB 10, 2008
Pours dark amber with thick off white head. Aroma of roasted malts. Taste of caramel, toffee, and roasted malt. Nutty finish. Reminds me of a brown ale. Average.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gregis (1281) - Stilwell, Kansas, USA - JAN 23, 2008
Pours a mahogany-plum color with a dense, frothy, beige head that leaves patchy, creamy lace on the glass. The nose is a blend of cocoa, nuts and faint caramel with spicy and herbal hops in support. Light-bodied with soft carbonation, the palate transitions to a fairly bitter finish that comes across as a bit metallic. Spicy and herbal hops front the flavor with a malt backing that features notes of light chocolate, nuts and caramel malts, but the hops actually dominate the flavor profile. Itís a bit disjointed, overall, but itís certainly the best of the Spanish Peak brews that Iíve tried.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
EithCubes (5633) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 12, 2008
Bottle. Sticky caramel and musty fruit aroma. Mahogany-copper pour with a bubbly beige head. Taste is sweet and caramelly with some choking musty hops, and resolving into a nice nutty aftertaste. Does manage to dry out somewhat. Light-medium body and smooth. Touch of Germanic spiciness, and yes, I do like the hop profile here, but adjunct percentage seems to be a bit high. Something of a well-rounded, but not quite wintery, brown ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ratman197 (13426) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 12, 2008
Bottle poured a cleardark copper with a lasting amber head. Aromas of toasted malt, carmel, light cocoa and a hint of nuttiness.Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, toffee, toasted malt, light cocoa and a hint of nuts with a smooth malty finish.

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