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RATINGS: 529   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


3.6
   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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - MAR 2, 2005
Thanks to CaptainCougar for the bottle. Dark brown color with twinges of redness around the edges. Aroma is full of fresh citrus and sweet caramel. Taste is lively & hoppy. Chocolate flavor coats the tongue before being overtaken by a bitter hoppiness. The mouthfeel is really lively, almost attacking the back of the tongue. Other flavors picked up on are grape and even more chocolate as the temp rises a bit. A really nice beer indeed.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 10, 2005
Malty and a hint of spice w/ dark fermented fruit and a slight alcohol sweetness on the nose. The pour was dark brown w/ orange highlights and almost no head and slight lacing. The flavor was big in malt w/ hints of spice, dark fermented fruit and citrus. The mouthfeel was creamy w/ a medium body.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 5, 2005
2004: Poured deep ruby amber brown with a medium tan head...smell is sweet with smoke, wood, caramel, chocolate...taste is very herbal...cinnamon, nutmeg, chocolate, general sweetness...like a flat OSA...alcohol noticable in the finish...

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 3, 2005
Pours medium brown / red with a small tan head. Lots of clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, etc. in aroma and flavor. Fairly tasty, but I don’t think I could drink much of this in one sitting.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Silphium (3188) - 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 (6542) - 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 (2738) - 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.


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