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RATINGS: 514   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


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Silphium (3179) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 23, 2005
2004 vintage. Deep cranberry juice-colored body with some suspended sediment, thin cream head. Aroma of toast, chocolate, red wine and a distinct Concord grape character. Nice dry toasty body with grapeskin highlights, a bit woody and earthy. A touch vinous. Alcohol barely perceptible. Light on the spice for the style, this fits nicely with other winter ales that trend more towards the English Strong Ale style. Thanks Larry (goldtwins) for the bottle!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
givmebeer (8) - plano, Texas, USA - JAN 22, 2005 does not count
POURS DARK , HAS A SWEET MALT AROMA, TASTE OF NUTTY CARAMEL AND COFFEE, JUST THE FLAVOR TO TO WARM YOUR BODY UP IN THE WINTER MONTHS, ENOYED THE 6 -PACKS AND THE LITER #3823

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 17, 2005
Pours with a dark brown body with amber highlights topped by a medium thick head with some lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet and malty with a slight bitterness and slight alcohol esters. Slightly sweet and malty with a slight hoppy bitterness, a little caramel, and a touch of roastiness. Medium to full bodied and slightly dry.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernest (6343) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 10, 2005
2004 bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is dark brown. Aroma is moderately malty (nuts, caramel, roasted grain), with a note of nutmeg. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. This one has a few nice aspects (perhaps the best being its phenomenally hidden 8.6% alcohol, if that is correct), but the net impression is a watery and uninteresting spiced porter.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
IndianaRed (2589) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 25, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2004 Bottle Pours a very dark brown witha small light tan head. Lacing is light and disipates quickly. Aromas are a nice sweet, woody, malty combination. The high ABV is detectable as well. Flavors are subtle and difficult for me to pick out. Light on the hops, some chocolate and roasted malts. Easy and fairly tasty. Soft finish with not much carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wpp83 (64) - Athens, Georgia, USA - DEC 24, 2004
Poured a dark brown that verged on black. A nice light tan head, very small, but lasting through the brew. A roasted maltiness in the nose with a slight hoppy note that was almost not noticable, and a storng spiciness that was very complex. The flavor was fairly sweet, with notes of coffee and cinnamon along with a mildly hoppy botterness around the finish. It was watery at the start of the mouthfeel but ended pretty dry. I liked this one and will in the future attempt a greater depth of sampling.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2004
Very dark brown, nearly black, short head, some lacing. Sweetened coffee with cream, a dash of cinnamon and a swirl of chocolate - this is like a winter coffee served chilled. Very tasty! thanks, Goldtwins!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sven (229) - Lancaster, California, USA - DEC 12, 2004
Clear, dark brown in colour with a short lived tan head. Looks more like a soda than a beer. Fragrant aroma of malt, spice, and alcohol. Taste of malt, smoke, caramel, and alcohol. A bit warming and quite tasty. Thank you Secret Santa.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6298) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2004
Bottle pours dark brown, almost black, large sudsy sand colored head, with spotty lacing.   Cinnamon & nutmeg on the nose, chocolate malt, along with some overcooked vegetables.   Luckily the overcooked vegetables is very soft on the tongue.   Otherwise, slightly chocolatey, spicy, with toasted malts.   Decent body, medium mouthfeel.   Lingering spices on the finish.   Well balanced, not overly done yet spiced enough to carry it from front to back.   Thanks goes out to goldtwins for the trade!


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - DEC 1, 2004
Bottle courtesy of CaptainCougar. Nice deep brown color with a reddish hue when backlit. Off-white head. Some lacing. Aroma is malt with cinnamon undertones. Nicely done with the spices. Not overbearing but noticable. Medium bodied. Lingering flavor. Alcohol warms throughout the finish and after. Nice beer.


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