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RATINGS: 505   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


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4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bama_Hog1 (35) - Hoover, Alabama, USA - NOV 26, 2012
Toasted roasted goodness. Cinnamon, brown sugar, spice aroma. Deep dark pour. Thick and delicious. I am not a fan of most Xmas brews. This one however, is excellent. Well played Sweetwater! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
slowrunner77 (3843) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 26, 2014
"This ale pours a deep brown with hunts of roasted malt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Body is a bit thin but not too bad...just doesn’t quite support the favors enough. Overall, a decent spiced ale for a nice spring day. Shared at a birthday party- thanks Lou."

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mR_fr0g (3171) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 8, 2014
Bottle shared at Chrisso’s May 2014 tasting 25/05/2014. Thanks to Chris. Clear mahogany brown / red coloured pour with a halo of losse off white head. Aroma is caramel, liquorice, some musty earthy notes and a touch of soy. Flavour is composed of salted caramel, toffee, touch of subdued christmass spices. Palate is medium sweet. Spices have dropped out a bit.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (11123) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kchampagne (107) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - JUL 24, 2014
Poured from a bottle. Pours a dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is loaded with spice and malty sweetness. Taste follows the nose. Medium bottle and quite enjoyable.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
snoworsummer (2167) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 18, 2014
From a bottle shared by jheath99! Pours dark brown with a thin, fizzy off white head. Tastes like bitter coffee, very malty, sweet caramel, burnt toast. Light.body and low carbonation. Smells like roasted malts and Irish coffee.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JHeath99 (970) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - JUL 18, 2014
Bottle from Maltitude. Pours an opaque cola brown work a thin layer of beige head. Aroma of caramel, spices, and some malts. Taste of dark chocolates/roasted malts and some spices.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sonnycheeba (3570) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 18, 2014
Bottle shared by jheath99. Pours clear cola brown with creamy off-white head. Aroma is lightly roasted malts, spices, cocoa, beef jerky, raisins, and dates. Flavor is malty and heavy spices with dark fruit sweetness, and faint hop bitterness; dry finish with light spices. Medium body and carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (15128) - , 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
minutemat (1677) - Ford, Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2014
Bottle @ Chriso May 14 tasting. Pours darkest brown, cream head. Big choc aroma, lots of spicy fruit cake in the taste with sweet orange, dried fruits, almonds, burnt sugar.. others in the group gave this the thumbs down but I quite liked it.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pintbypint (2613) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 1, 2014
Stainless growler pour, bottleshare at Ferris’. 2012 version. Brown pour, Thin white head. Nose has chocolate and caramel. Taste has cinnamon and clove and cocoa and caramel. A bit of cinnamon in the finish. Not great.


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