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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - JUN 7, 2005
Finally entering review from old notes from Oct 04. 04 Vintage. Very dark brown/black pour, opaque. Aroma is nice spiced and fruity - prunes. Nice malty flavor, with hints of vanilla and chocolate and some cinnemon. Alcohol was decently hidden. I hope my bottles age well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 4, 2005
2004 batch Pours an opaque black with a thin brown head, no lace. Smells fruity and roasted malt. Lots of spice, nutmeg, clove and allspice. Roasted coffee finish and aftertaste. Not great. Kind of like Anchor Christmas gone wrong. Too much spice. Lackluster.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - JUN 3, 2005
2004 bottle....This beer pours a black/brownish mix with a beautiful and I cant emphasize that enough...BEAUTIFUL creamy soft, silky head with massive amounts of carressing lacing. The aroma is strange...cola-like at best with bargs rootbeer with orange coming to mind. Hints of cinnamon and vanilla are prevalent with undernotes of orange peel, oak, cinder, chocolate, and well cola!!! The mouthfeel is full bodied and once again cola-like! Heavy carbonation, tongue coating chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, oak, coffee, and oranges. Incredibly tough beer to figure out. Relatively sweet finish with some bittering hops...wonderful creamy mouthfeel. If i could give a 6 out of 5 for appearance, this would get it! Chocolate and warming..oranges and citrus, hints of raisins..spicey warming finish. I will need more of these beers to help figure this beer out....but my initial interpreatation is that this is awesome!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sloth (2443) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - MAY 22, 2005
Captcougar delivered this one, thanks Tom! Poured a small light brown head with fair retention and no lace. Clear mahogany colored brew. Spicey nose, cinnamon. Light/medium body. Lightly spiced flavor, cinnamon, nutmeg and a hint of vanilla. Finish is fairly dry with a hint of chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 29, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2007 2004 -Pours a deep brown hue with a halo of a tan head. Aromas of roasted malts, honey with a light bitterness. Flavors of spcies, roasted nuts, with porter like flavors yet with a brisker, slightly drier finish. 7/5/8/4/15 2006- Pours a deep deep brown hue with a hint of amber with a light tan head. Aromas of roasted malts, caramel, spice (cinnamon). Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a light carbonation which melds well with the flavors. The flavors are of ,again, spices., brown sugar, a mellow sweetness that lingers but is not overcloying. For the strength, this is still a nice brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 24, 2005
2004 bottle. Thanks for the Captian for this brew. Very dark brown body with a creamy tan head. Spicy/fruity aroma: peach, raspberry, cinnamon backed by chocolate cookie malt. More of the same in the flavor except that the mellow citrus rind hops come out to play. Renious pine in the finish. The beer is well put-together but the flavors don’t turn my crank.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
asheft (2476) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 21, 2005
Opaque, reddish brown with a tan head that forms good lacing with concentric rings of two tones. Moderately roasty aroma with a "raw" chocolate malt character, sherry and something I don’t like (band-aid?). The aroma was not that inviting, but the chocolatey, roasty malt flavour, without the burnt malt bitterness of a stout, and perfectly balanced flavouring hops that only accentuate fruity undertones make this beer a real winner. Fruit notes: kiwi, strawberry. Perfect bitterness level. Medium to full body and moderate carbonation. I would have this one again for sure.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 18, 2005
Mild chocolate/roasted malt aroma with some nutty sweetness and mild dark fruit tones. Dark brown body with tan head that recedes to lasting cover. Fairly sweet up front with a light nuttiness and some dark pit fruit flavours. Roasted/chocolate malts emerge towards the finish with just enough hop bitterness to take the edge off the sweetness. Medium-full body with low carbonation make this one a nice winter sipper, for all those cold Georgia evenings! Bottle (trade Nov. 2004) enjoyed with asheft and Pitpit. Thanks, goldtwins!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 8, 2005
Appearance is almost black with a light head. Aroma is dark fruit and chocolate. Flavor is chocolate, caramel, light smoke, nutmeg and some raisin. A very subtle but tasty beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAR 7, 2005
A nice winter brew that pours brown/red from the bottle with a off-white head. The fruity malts mix well with a nice blend of spices, nice cinnamon flavor in the finish. Fairly smooth with a mild dry finish, hides the alcohol fairly well.

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