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RATINGS: 520   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
IndianaRed (2634) - 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.

   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.

   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!

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6299) - 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!

   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.

   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 (1076) - 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 (650) - 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.

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