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RATINGS: 502   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Radek Kliber (6378) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAR 21, 2004
Dark brown beer, with lovely bright white crown. Really nice looking beer. Clean aroma, light clean malt , not so sweet . Slightly oily texture, slight off roast bitterness. Nice aroma that flavour could not match up. Need better finish. Thanks Kimcheee !

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 20, 2004
Caramel and brown sugar aromas, ruby with a tiny toffee head. Candied malt flavour, quite hoppy aftertaste. Medium bodied, nicely bitter. Very nice example. Thanks mr_kimchee!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 18, 2004
Dark brown w/ ruby hue. Swirling, wispy beige head. Mildly toasty aroma of chocolate & piny hops. Medium-full bodied, slightly chalky feel. Subtle, though not understated, roasty flavour of dark chocolate & coffee. An unusual beer that is more than the sum of its parts.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes (12234) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 14, 2004
Extra cheers to Kimchee for sharing this one! Dark burgundy-brown colour. Smokey nose with brown sugar and a slight cherry note. Lightish body is perilous. Smoke, spices, molasses...but silky and balanced. A different breed, but I liked it a lot.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 5, 2004
2002. Very brown with what appear to be a few proteins floating about. Taller bone colored head this a speckling of lace. Rich malt, with light hints of mace, and cloves. Very subtle nose. Some smoke and juniper also tickling the olfactory. Reminds me of a very light OSA. Feel it thicker, yet a touch of biting effervescence. Again rich toasty malt in the flavors. Light fruitcake flavors, with raisins, plums, and a touch of peach. Spice comes ut again in the finish. Light clove, allspice and a nip of red pepper. You can really sit down, relax and warm up with this one. Thanks Brewbandit.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Eirikur (369) - hafnarfjordur, ICELAND - FEB 26, 2004
Not bad, not bad at all. Coffee, and spices are dominant here, I really want to try this again to re-rate.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kalli (502) - Falun, SWEDEN - FEB 21, 2004
Was I just drinking chocolate mousse? Or was it some sort of pudding? Heck, this was surprising. The coffee notes in it were nigh on perfect. Fresh hops hit around the middle and the finish is coffee.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
haukur (1270) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - FEB 21, 2004
totally different from what I was expecting, the aroma was quite extraordinary, very heavy, malty and sweet. The taste is also on the heavy side, with some peaches and plum hints, and spices.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jhayden91 (3) - Georgia, USA - FEB 11, 2004 does not count
This is a very good seasonal. Like it the "porter" characteristics. This seasons was a bit more metalic in the mouth, but a little aging and it should be very good. Once it hits the 11% mark it should make for a very nice sipping beer!

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
SiddFinch (155) - Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2003
Dark brown. Aroma is very malty and sweet. Taste is sweet with some distinct sour fruit notes (plums, raisins, grapes). i slight hops finish but not much.


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