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RATINGS: 525   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (18351) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (16860) - , 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
harrisoni (14508) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (14459) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes (13136) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (13022) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (12072) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (11906) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11863) - 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 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (11468) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 8, 2012
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured cloudy dark brown color with an average off-white frothy head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Solid spice, cinnamon and malt aroma. Moderate body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy spicy sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate to long duration. Solid seasonal beer.

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