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RATINGS: 543   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 19, 2005
2004 edition. Muddy mahogany. Nice tan creamy ring of a head around the glass. Rusty spices, sweet molasses, and sprucy pine tree in the aroma. Flavor has piney carob, spices, molasses. A little watery, but nice overall balance and flavor.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Halldawg (5) - USA - JUL 16, 2005 does not count
Great winter brew! Good body and head to it. Liter bottles go fast. Start looking in October for it and grab it when you can find it. Worth buying a few when you can get them.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
21iceman40 (1735) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 23, 2005
this was a really strange beer that i brought to tha noogfest. had alot of vegetables and wintery spices, like a gingerbread man. this carries over to the body which has some additional burnt caramel and sugars and an interesting rubbery thing goin on, not too bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5294) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 21, 2005
From a 2004 bottle. Dark brown body. The aroma has slightly ginger and cinnamon. The taste was light carrots and some ginger. There was also a finish of sweet cinnamon. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUN 19, 2005
burnt orange, carmel, not too much spices in this one. it was ok... kinda thin and bland.

   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 (2807) - 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 (1114) - 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.

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