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RATINGS: 490   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - DEC 12, 2003
2002: Hazy dark amber/brown with a diminishing medium tan head. Sweet aroma with quite a few notes present - cherry, apricot, raisin, plum, pepper, clove, roast, and chocolate. Medium creamy palate with a decent amount of carbonation. Smooth mostly sweet flavor with lots of malt. Notes of dark fruit, roast, cloves, coffee, pepper, ginger, and a slight earthiness appear. I really enjoyed this one, it makes an excellent winter beer. Thanks to slikwily.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - DEC 3, 2003
Bottle/'03 brownwish/black color,small tan head that lasted for a short time.Malty sweet,spicy aroma with maybe a slight dried fruit presence as well.Smooth malty taste with a mild spice and light fruit presence.As it warms the spice becomes much more pronounced and becomes sort of semi-sweet.The alcohol manages to stay well hidden with just a slight detection coming in the middle of the taste.The after taste is malty and slightly bitter hops.Very nice brew and it even surprised me a bit mainly being better then i expected.Thanks Brewbandit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11181) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 29, 2003
(draft) Clear mahogany with small off-white head. Aroma is very spiced (nutmeg/clove). Taste is the same, plus some earthy/floral/grapefruit bitterness in the finish. Medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
biermonk (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 27, 2003
2003 12oz. Poured a dark brown with reddidsh tones around the edge-spicy, hoppy nose with hints of caramel maybe alittle nutmeg. Very tastey beer spice was maybe a little understated. the beer was very heavily hopped which gave it a nice bite. A strong grassy prescence through the middle. This was definitely among the top seasonals I've had this year.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SirTom (88) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 27, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2003 2003 BOTTLE: Why doesn't this read "IMPERIAL PORTER"?! That's what it is. The best thing to come out of Sweetwater. 1998 BOTTLE: not as good - past it's prime.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rajendra82 (934) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - NOV 23, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2004 Tasted in a 12oz bottle in 11/03 as a month old brew. Thanks aracauna for pointing me in the direction of the store where I found this rare gem. Now I have a couple of six packs sitting in the fridge and a few more in the pantry. I'll be saving these and updating the review as it ages (if I can resist the temptation to finish them off). The beer pours out as a gorgeous looking dark red concoction with a tall off white head that dissipates to a thin invisible line of bubbles. Carbonation is pretty low and so is the amount of belgian lace. It is a perfect winter brew with lots of roasted caramel malt backbone and a high ABV (for Georgia) that is balanced out by the explosive level of spices and subtle but disntinctively floral hoppy aroma. Warms you up nicely as it goes down easy. As I taste it, the temperature outside is near 60 degrees. This will be perfect when I get stuck at the house with about a 1/4 inch of snow on the roads outside (after all this is Atlanta). Another quality product from Sweetwater that should not be missed by anyone that can get their hands on it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Shag (2559) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - NOV 22, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2004 Typical Sweetwater aroma with some dark fruit and chocolate. Appearance is almost black with a light head. Flavor is chocolate, caramel, and nutmeg. I catch some raisins in there also. A very subtle but tasty beer. Another winner from Sweetwater!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2003
Dark brown like Coca-Cola and a dense off white head. Interesting aroma, has some smoky roasted malt and a good dose of hops along with a hint of ginger. Pretty smooth body with a nice crispness to it. Flavor is spicy, sweet with a good malt flavor. Probably the best I've had from Sweetwater.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - NOV 12, 2003
03 - Pours very nice, with a big egg-white head. Dissipates slowly, with some beautiful clingy lacing. Aroma is very present throughout, and very spicy following into the flavor. Lots of spiciness ensues, with a belgian yeast like clove flavor, that is followed up by, ginger, cinnamon, brown sugar and nutmeg. A great winter warmer, but I still think this stuff is much better and mellows when it is aged for a year. ho ho ho

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 24, 2003
Brown and Translusent. Aroma of carmel and chocolate malt. This beer reminds me of a porter, a good porter at that. Sweet malty finish. Thanks CaptainCougar!

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