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RATINGS: 526   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
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Well, the temperature is dropping and the days are getting shorter. You know what that means don’t you? It’s time for our WINTER BREW… A full-bodied, high-octane brew capped off with our use of cinnamon and mace. This beer will warm you all the way to your bones. Brewed only one day a year. We only bottle 4200 liters, 550 12 oz. cases, and a handful of kegs, so get it while you can.

Malt: 2 Row, Munich, Chocolate, Black, 30/37 Carastan, 70/80 Crystal, Spice, Cinnamon, Mace

Hops: Centennial, Golding

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pintbypint (2781) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 1, 2014
Stainless growler pour, bottleshare at Ferris’. 2012 version. Brown pour, Thin white head. Nose has chocolate and caramel. Taste has cinnamon and clove and cocoa and caramel. A bit of cinnamon in the finish. Not great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ferris (6714) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 31, 2014
Growler - Vintage 2012 - Dark malts with a bit of cinnamon in the finish and some sourness. Cloudy brown with a beige head. A little roast, some spice and a bit of sourness. This didn’t age well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
onceblind (5137) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 27, 2014
Dark brown or black in hue, under a thin creamy light khaki head. Nice rich and sweet/herbal-spicy nose of earthy sweet cocoa, cinnamon, clove and toffee pudding. Big rich flavor that has a bit of herbal spice to it followed by clove, earthy dry cocoa and sweet toffee. Not quite sweet or dark tasting enough to be a porter though. Just kinda a dark winter ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Scopey (8231) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 26, 2014
Bottle at Chriso. It pours deep brown with a medium beige head. The nose is sweet, spicy, a bit of tangy HP sauce, gingerbread, toasty, brown bread, dried fruits and light tang. The taste is toasty, caramel, big spice, warming alcohol, earth, dark fruits, caramel and wood with a dry, earthy finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Not much depth to it really. All about the spice. So-so.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
harrisoni (14584) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAY 25, 2014
Chriso May 2014 tasting. Dark brown lasting beige head. Hp sauce aroma. Spice. It’s revolting. Not a good beer. Too spice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
1guywith_aboat (254) - phenix city, Alabama, USA - MAY 24, 2014
Dark pour, tan head. When cold, its chocolatey, roasty, spice heavy, light bitter, simple. Allowing to warm a little, very different. Still the same qualities but with a cheesy yeast, funky, sour characteristic. Medium body, full of flavor. Very great beer

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nekronos (3738) - Xalapa, MEXICO - MAR 25, 2014
Interesting in all ways. Dark, not so bitter and quite thick in features. nice to drink watching movie.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wheresyourball (529) - El Cajon, California, USA - MAR 14, 2014
Bottle 2013 vintage, picked up in a trade. Pours clear red/brown with small tan head. Nose is toffee, holiday spices, dried fruit. Flavor follows with some cocoa in there. Medium mouthfeel. Probably best consumed around the holidays, rather than springtime.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Jamesthebrit (321) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 10, 2014
Aroma is light. A hint of malt and sweetness but not a lot. Looks good. Very dark brown. Nice cream colored head Taste is very very light. A hint of malt. A hint of sweetness. Drinks like a brown ale. Thick smooth on the palate. Overall a pretty disappointing beer. Very light on flavor and the full body doesn’t make up for it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
carlb (107) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 5, 2014
Pours a dense, dark, brown with a 2.5-inch, creamy, tan, head that is persistent, but eventually settles. Deep, rich, warm, spicy nose with hints of burnt sugar and coffee. Medium-full body with ABV warmth on the palate. Spicy (mace, cinnamon, and nutmeg) and malty with dark roasted-smokey notes. Raisin bread overtones. Dried fruit. Figs? Molasses? Nice lace. Slight sourness in the lingering.

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