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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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - NOV 11, 2004
When I poured this I thought it looked like I was pouring a Coke. Clear dark caramel color with a small quickly diminishing tan head. Aroma was sweet:caramel smokey, spicey, and alcoholic. Drinking it reminded me of a Coke as well. Light to medium body, a little bubbly and acidic. Flavor matches the aroma sweet, caramel, some spices with a medium length finish. Alcohol warming sensations

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hangover (1064) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - NOV 2, 2004
Dark brown, almost black pour. Somewhat small tan head. Chocolate, alcohol and smoke in the aroma. Taste is indeed spicy, with cloves, and nutmeg. Also some yeast. Medium bodied. Nice malt presence. Towards the end it becomes a bit sweet and some cinnamon and ginger show up, followed by a pleasant finish with decent hopping. Alcohol is warming, but not at all unpleasant. A great beer for the winter months. I really like this one. Good to sip, and better when it warms.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 2, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2006 Bottle from Skaughty. Thank you, sir. Smells sweet and toasty. Pours dark brown to black. Nice head. Sweet at first, malty with a little alcohol kick in the end. The spice is about middle through and not that overt to my tase buds. The more I drink the more well balanced the alcohol seems though I’m still not getting very strong spice flavors. It’s there just very muted. It’s a very quafable brew all in all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
skaughty (647) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - OCT 24, 2004
This dark red/black beer pours with a slight, taupe head. The aroma is of all things winter...spice and everything nice. The first hints of sweetness are found in the nose. The flavor picks up with roasted coffee first, then nutmeg, then cloves, then a sweet finish. This really is a sweet stout with a little spice for complexity. Overall, a nice sipper that is warm and friendly, with nothing offensive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
BiggDaddy (7) - Helen, Georgia, USA - OCT 17, 2004 does not count
Pours dark, and is spiced to "my pallets" perfection. I still have 3 bottels from 98 and it gets better with age. Cant wait to try 2004 on draught.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2004
Pours dark ruby with a creamy, off-white head. Aroma of malt, chocoff, spice, smoke, kielbasa. Tastes malty, rauchy, with some hops, nuts, toffee, and smoked sausage elements. This is a unique style and a very good beer. I honestly thought this was a rauchbier. Thanks to goldtwins for the trade.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aubrey (3451) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - MAY 27, 2004
2002 Bottle: Dark brown with a light tan head. Roasty-sweet nose was inviting. Mouthfeel was full, but rather drinkable. Nice combination of flavors throughout. Malts were roasty-toasty (dark bread) and sweet (brown sugar, caramel, maple syrup). Hops were very complementing, providing a nice amount of bitterness and some earthy flavors (fresh herbs). Hints of spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, and maybe allspice) rounded things out in the background. A pleasure to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - APR 29, 2004
Pours dark and has a small head. Complex flavors suggesting almost a Belgan heritage. I would like to know if this complies with GA 6% rules :>)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Suttree (5255) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 25, 2004
1998 version, bottle 1711 of 4800. Thanks to TheBeerCellar2 for the trade! Brownish black with a tan head. Raisin, figs, smoke and hops in the aroma. Hoppy, allspice, fruity - pears, figs and raisin flavors throughout. Some pepper, butterscotch and caramel in there as well. Very tasty and complex, but satisfying. Nice brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - APR 6, 2004
Mahogany color and ruby edges with some tan head and no lacing. The aroma is very sweet with brown sugar and spices along with a good significant balance of hops. The flavor is lightly musky and with a good molasses sweetness filling up the back. Very balanced and medium bodied. Yummy!

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