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RATINGS: 504   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


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (16727) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 16, 2011
Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy aroma. Fruity malty spicy caramel flavor. Has a fruity malty spicy yeasty caramel finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (15101) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 11, 2014
25th May 2014
Tasting at the ever gracious ChrisO’s. Clear deep amber - red beer, decent pale cream cour head. Palate is airy and light, superfine carbonation. Airy malt, very light cream. Mild dark toffee streak. Spice kicks in, not too hot. Touch of dried fruits. Okay.

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
harrisoni (13743) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAY 25, 2014
Chriso May 2014 tasting. Dark brown lasting beige head. Hp sauce aroma. Spice. It’s revolting. Not a good beer. Too spice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes (12627) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (11943) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 14, 2006
(1 liter bottle, 2005 vintage, #578, courtesy of TChrome) Pours a dark brown body with a moderate beige head. Aroma of cocoa, alcohol, dark fruits, ginger, and pear. Flavor of malt, some dark fruits, and spices.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (11932) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Draft. Brown color, medium off white head. Aroma of cinnamon and brown bread. Taste is more cunnamon with cocoa and coffee in the background.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11535) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (11095) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Waxed bomber from mixmasterob. Thanks man! Pours dark brown with a creamy/bubbly beige/tan head. Very spicy aroma. I get the cinnamon. Something else - but I am clueless about mace. Med + body. Flavor is dry, sort of dusty, with cinnamon and I guess mace. It’s a little bit chocolate, mildly roasted malt, and there’s more, but difficult to piece out. The flavor is strong, and there are several aspects. Tho malty it seems to be more dry than not. Not getting a lot of bitter, but guess the spice fills that role. Good winter ale.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (11034) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2014
Bottle at the chriso May 2014 tasting - London. Vintage 2013. Pours clear, dark amber with a frothy white head. The nose has rich bread, toffee and nutmeg. Medium to big sweet flavor with sugary bread, light spices, toasty toffee. Full bodied with fine to average carbonation. Sweet finish with nice toffee, holiday spices, fruitcake. Solid.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2012
Date: December 10, 1998
Mode: Draft
Source: Wild Wing Cafe, Marietta
Vintage: 1998
Appearance: dark brown
Aroma: slighty spicy malt aroma
Flavor: light spiced malt flavor

Date: December 04, 2003
Source: Ale Atlanta
Vintage: 1998
spice still in the foreground with the malt taking the backseat, everything is mellowed nicely

Date: December 11, 2003
Source: Wild Wing, Marietta
Vintage: 1998
thin and still spicy, low carbonation, very little wax left on the seal

Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 10/20
Rating: 2.6/5.0
Score: ** /4

Date: November 14, 2000
Mode: Draft
Source: Taco Mac, Sandy Springs
Vintage: 2000
Appearance: dark
Aroma: slight raspberry aroma, whispy head
Flavor: spicy malt flavor, hjnt of spice based bitterness

Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 10/20
Rating: 2.6/5.0
Score: ** /4

Date: November 22, 2001
Mode: Bottle
Source: Sherlocks, GA
Vintage: 2001
Appearance: dark ruby, thin tan head
Aroma: christmas spice aroma
Flavor: rich malt flavor, lots of spice character through a long finish

Date: December 11, 2003
Source: Wild Wing, Marietta
Vintage: 2001
thin body with very subdued spices to the point of a spicy/bitter finish

Date: May 05, 2007
Mode: bottle
Source: tasting
Vintage: 2001
Aroma: sweet piney and spruce aroma with a chocolate background
Flavor: lots of the chocolate flavor, still a very strong spice character after all these years

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 10/20
Rating: 2.7/5.0
Score: ** /4

Date: November 26, 2002
Mode: Bottle
Source: Bullock’s
Vintage: 2002
Appearance: dark ruby, frothy tan head that quickly subsides
Aroma: malt aroma with light spices and fresh hops
Flavor: malty flavor, hoppy, spicy, well balanced between the malt, spices, and hops, little to no bitterness
Overall: getting better each year

Date: December 11, 2003
Vintage: 2002
good body with a great balance between the malts and the subdued spices,

Date: November 02, 2006
Source: tasting
Vintage: 2002
still strong spice in the aroma but subdued in the flavor

Date: May 05, 2007
Mode: bottle
Source: tasting
Vintage: 2002
Aroma: dark caramel aroma with subdued spices
Flavor: lots of chocolate and caramel flavor, the spices are just a nice balance

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 10/20
Rating: 2.9/5.0
Score: ** /4

Date: November 10, 2003
Mode: Bottle
Source: Bullock’s
Vintage: 2003
Appearance: dark ruby, frothy tan head that quickly subsides
Aroma: dark malt aroma with lots of nutmeg and other spices
Flavor: rich malt flavor with an abundance of spices, no real hop character, this year is all about the malt and spices, should age well

Date: November 29, 2003
Mode: draft
Source: summits
Vintage: 2003
malt richness comes through on draft with the spices taking a backseat but ever present

Date: December 08, 2005
Vintage: 2003
Words: vertical
spice and malt in perfect balance, bitterness is all from the spices,

Date: November 02, 2006
Source: Ale Atlanta
Vintage: 2003
great balance between the light spice and rich chocolate malt,

Date: May 05, 2007
Mode: bottle
Source: tasting
Vintage: 2003
Aroma: light spice aroma with the dark caramel and chocolate malts
Body: thin body
Flavor: nice spices but the chocolate malt is nice

Date: December 16, 2007
Mode: bottle
Source: tasting
Vintage: 2003
Aroma: sweet dark caramel aroma is in good balance with the spices
Flavor: flavor has dried out completely leaving dry chocolate and caramel with lots of spices and nothing to balance it

Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.8/5.0
Score: *** /4

Date: November 26, 2004
Mode: Bottle
Source: Bullock’s
Vintage: 2004
Appearance: dark ruby, frothy tan head that quickly subsides
Aroma: sweet spicy malt aroma with lite touches of cinamon and allspice
Flavor: rich malt flavor balanced by a nice blend of spices where no one spice stands out, each year it gets better as the spices are tuned and turned down

Date: December 08, 2005
Vintage: 2004
Body: good creamy body
Flavor: good sweet chocolate flavor with a great spice character
Overall: perfect age for this vintage

Date: May 05, 2007
Mode: bottle
Source: tasting
Vintage: 2004
Aroma: sweet milk chocolate aroma with light spices
Flavor: lots of chocolate and rich dark caramel malt flavor, the spices are very subdued and takes a back seat, nice mild cinamon

Aroma: 9/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 4/5.0
Score: *** /4

Date: November 02, 2005
Mode: Bottle
Source: Harry’s
Vintage: 2005
Appearance: muddy dark brown, headless
Aroma: sweet spicy aroma with cinamon and nutmeg
Flavor: big rich spicy malt flavor, nice chocolate, ton of overwhelming spice character that gets a bit bitter with warmth, better with a chill, will be very nice with some age

Date: November 12, 2005
Mode: draft
Source: marietta pizza
Vintage: 2005
Score: ii to iii
Appearance: clear dark ruby red, thin tan head
Aroma: rich chocolate malt aroma with a touch of sweet carmel and a hint of spices
Flavor: big spiced malt flavor, good balance between some sweetness and the bittering effect of the spices, the sweet and spice interplay intensifies and improves as it warms

Date: May 05, 2007
Mode: bottle
Source: tasting
Vintage: 2005
Aroma: sweet spicy aroma with a bit of dark caramel
Body: thin body
Flavor: nice chocolate flavor balanced with the spices, a bit too much biterness from the spices

Date: December 03, 2009
Mode: bottle
Source: Ale Atlanta
Vintage: 2005
Aroma: still lots of the spice and spruce in the aroma
Overall: picking up a growing tartness that is out of place and takes over from the spices

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.8/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: *** /4

Date: October 18, 2006
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting
Vintage: 2006
Appearance: clear dark brown, whispy tan head
Aroma: spiced chocolate malt aroma with nice cinamon and ginger
Body: big body
Flavor: rich spicy malt flavor with strong nutmeg and other spices well balanced with the slightly sweet chocolate malt

Date: October 26, 2006
Mode: bottle
Vintage: 2006
the rich chocolate is the star of the show with the spices playing supporting roles, festive continues to improve every year

Date: November 24, 2006
Mode: draft
Source: taco mac
Vintage: 2006
solid lace, spices come on stronger in the draft version with the chocolate taking a back seat

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: *** /4

Date: November 07, 2007
Mode: Bottle
Source: Green’s, Atlanta
Vintage: 2007
Appearance: black, fine beige head, speckles of lace
Aroma: slightly sweet rich chocolate aroma with an array of spices including allspice and nutmeg with a touch of cinamon
Flavor: rich chocolate malt flavor, lots of spicy character is in good balance with the rich malt, just a touch of sweetness brings out the chocolate and helps it balance the spices

Date: November 11, 2007
Mode: draft
Source: taco mac woodstock
Vintage: 2007
Score: 3.5 to 3.6
Aroma: spices a lot stronger in the aroma on draft but that could be the extra coldness
Flavor: light fruity tartness showing in the flavor, a bit more sweetness on draft makes the chocolate malt all the richer leaving the spices playing a supporting role

Date: October 31, 2008
Mode: draft
Source: taco mac crabapple
Vintage: 2007
Aroma: sweet cinamon and allspice still strong in the aroma but the dark malts are catching up
Flavor: sweet chocolate and dark caramel flavor still in the lead with the spices holding their own
Overall: still more agressive than the 2008 in a side by side comparision, mellowing nicely

Date: December 03, 2009
Mode: bottle
Source: Ale Atlanta
Vintage: 2007
Appearance: gusher
Aroma: light funk in the aroma
Flavor: sweet caramel flavor, still spicy with mostly just the cinnamon left, light funk

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

Date: October 31, 2008
Mode: Draft
Source: Taco Mac, Crabapple
Vintage: 2008
Appearance: clear dark ruby red, fine beige head, streaks of lace
Aroma: sweet dark caramel aroma is out front with the spices in the background, cinamon continues to be the dominant spice
Flavor: good balance from the start with the chocolate malt flavor matched by the blend of spices, no dominant spice in the flavor
Overall: more subdued than the 2007 in a side by side comparison, continues the trend of getting less agressive each year, a rich spiced chocolate porter

Date: December 20, 2009
Mode: draft
Source: taco mac woodstock
Vintage: 2008
Aroma: more of the chocolate and spices up front in the aroma
Flavor: flavor still very well balanced between the sweet chocolate and spices, cinnamon starting the become the dominant spice but still lots of great balance
Overall: still very drinkable with not much of a noticable change after a year

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 14/20
Rating: 3.5/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

Date: November 16, 2009
Mode: Draft
Source: Summits - Woodstock
Vintage: 2009
Appearance: opaque dark brown, fine beige head, drippy sheets of lace
Aroma: sweet chocolate aroma, touch of roast, light spicyness
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, touch of caramel sweetness, light spicyness, light roasty bitterness follows the faint spicyness, a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg shows upon warming
Overall: dumbed down this year to the point that the spices are almost a distant memory

Date: November 29, 2009
Mode: draft
Source: brick store
Vintage: 2009
spicyness coming through a bit stronger but still quite mild compared to the past,

Date: December 20, 2009
Mode: draft
Source: taco mac woodstock
Vintage: 2009
in a side by side comparision with the 08 which was considered mild, it is very evident that they wussed out on the spices this year, was it the recession? was it the great spice shortage of 09? did their spice warehouse wash away in the Atlanta flood? we may never know.

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.1/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ** /4

Date: December 21, 2010
Mode: Draft
Source: Mac McGee
Vintage: 2010
Appearance: black, creamy beage head, thick lace
Aroma: sweet roasted malt aroma, nice spicyness, nutmeg and clove
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, touch of roasted, caramel sweetness, plenty of spices yet balanced with the dark malts, nutmeg and light cinnamon, allspice
Overall: the spices are back, not in full force like years ago but at least showed up this year

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.1/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ** /4

Date: November 19, 2011
Mode: Draft
Source: Taco Mac, Kennesaw
Vintage: 2011
Appearance: black, creamy tan head, layers of drippy lace
Aroma: sweet spicy aroma of chocolate, cinnamon and alspice
Flavor: rich dark chocolate flavor, lots of spices, nutmeg comes on strongest, touch of cinnamon, alspice in the background, touch of clove, bitter finish from the spices and heavy nutmeg
Overall: a bit bolder this year, I like the return to a bigger spicyer festive that acknowledges its roots

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.3/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: **+ /4

Date: December 15, 2012
Mode: Draft
Source: Wild Wing Cafe, Marietta
Vintage: 2012
Appearance: clear dark brown with ruby edges, bits of lace
Aroma: sweet and spicy aroma, touch of chocolate, light spices
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, sweet caramel, light spices
Overall: only a shadow of the former glory

Date: December 18, 2012
Mode: bottle
Source: total wine
Vintage: 2012
picking up some dark roast along with heaver spices in the bottle,

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.1/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ** /4


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