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RATINGS: 540   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fritz123 (1533) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2014
Bottle shared by Nick at da Pig in Boca. Pours a deep brown into small snifter. Not much head. Aroma is not overwhelming but spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, anise), chocolate, nuts, and plums. The taste is malty with the cinnamon and anise flavors, chocolate, booze, and dark fruits. Thick mouth, boozy finish, light carbonation. I sometimes struggle liking this style of beer but the mildness of the flavors makes this good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zizzybalubba (1736) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 25, 2014
12 oz. bottle from Total Wine, Chesapeake, VA. Dark brown cola-like pour with a thin khaki head. Aroma of light chocolate, sweet malt, and faint cinnamon. Taste is good with the spices being apparent but not overwhelming. Chocolate, cinnamon, and ginger are the primary flavors noted. Not sure exactly how to classify this one but it’s a nice beer.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aholmb1 (134) - New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - NOV 24, 2014
Appearance: slightly translucent dark brown black color with tan head, inch head when poured Aroma: cinnamon malt, light scent Taste: caramel cinnamon Palette: slight tang and bitterness at end Overall: this is a very warming winter beer very good flavor ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Steasy66 (1103) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 14, 2014
2012 bottle at Good, Bad, Ugly tasting 2014. Malted milk ball aroma, so I’m already out. Flavor is weak, watery, like a flattened bad barleywine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jgrant1 (2) - - NOV 7, 2014 does not count
I’m not the most sophisticated beer drinker so take it for what it’s worth. Aroma is quite ordinary for an ale. Good dark brown hue, taste is very neutral given the stated 8.5 abv. You could easily down several of these before you realize they are quite potent. Taste of a dark malt & caramel. Not very memorable but it will get you there. Purchased at Publix in Canton, Georgia.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
slowrunner77 (8373) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 26, 2014
"This ale pours a deep brown with hunts of roasted malt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Body is a bit thin but not too bad...just doesn’t quite support the favors enough. Overall, a decent spiced ale for a nice spring day. Shared at a birthday party- thanks Lou."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mR_fr0g (7237) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 8, 2014
Bottle shared at Chrisso’s May 2014 tasting 25/05/2014. Thanks to Chris. Clear mahogany brown / red coloured pour with a halo of losse off white head. Aroma is caramel, liquorice, some musty earthy notes and a touch of soy. Flavour is composed of salted caramel, toffee, touch of subdued christmass spices. Palate is medium sweet. Spices have dropped out a bit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (16274) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2014
Bottle at the chriso May 2014 tasting - London. Vintage 2013. Pours clear, dark amber with a frothy white head. The nose has rich bread, toffee and nutmeg. Medium to big sweet flavor with sugary bread, light spices, toasty toffee. Full bodied with fine to average carbonation. Sweet finish with nice toffee, holiday spices, fruitcake. Solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kchampagne (112) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - JUL 24, 2014
Poured from a bottle. Pours a dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is loaded with spice and malty sweetness. Taste follows the nose. Medium bottle and quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
snoworsummer (4034) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 18, 2014
From a bottle shared by jheath99! Pours dark brown with a thin, fizzy off white head. Tastes like bitter coffee, very malty, sweet caramel, burnt toast. Light.body and low carbonation. Smells like roasted malts and Irish coffee.

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