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RATINGS: 516   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 donít you? Itís time for our WINTER BREWÖ 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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bmoosey (82) - Richmond, Indiana, USA - JAN 3, 2014
Poured from a 12 oz bottle at home. Festive Ale pours a dark carmel color. a nice dark brown color with a thin, creamy, cream-colored head. The aroma is of carmel, hints of coffee and sweetness. Nice overall smell. . Taste is of carmel, with a hint of bitterness and syrup of some sort. Mouthfeel is watery. Smooth beer that is easily drinkable. I really enjoyed drinking this beer and could see myself purchasing again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BelgianBeerGal (3245) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 26, 2014
Howler draft from Hendersonville on a play date with Myla. Dark brown pour with a small tan head. Roasty aroma with some vegetal notes and spice. Pleasant, malty flavor but no real strong character. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
teorn88 (3031) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2014
Backlog rating. Bottle at Chrisoís May tasting, London. It pours a clean rich copper color with a medium tan head. Aroma is medium sweet and spicy, with notes of hazelnut, espresso, dried leaves and ripe fruits. Taste is lightly roasty and medium sweet and spicy, with notes of herbs, coffee beans, caramel and fig leaves. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, nice one

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
markwise (4545) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2014
Bottle from ABC Clermont. Pours a red-brown with a tan head. Nose is spice, toast, ginger, and slight tobacco. Flavor is similar with toast, tobacco, sweet ginger, spice, and lingering mild earthy bitterness. Light to medium in body and nice overall.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Westchesterco (1113) - mclean, Virginia, USA - DEC 9, 2014
Poured from a bottle it is a dark brown with a slight head. The aroma is boozey and the taste is spicey like cinnamon and cloves with a taste of bourbon that resonates on the palate

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Iphonephan (3650) - McLean, Virginia, USA - DEC 9, 2014
From a 22 oz bottle shared at home. Pours a dark cola with an ecru head. Nutty aroma. Flavors of allspice and cloves with some smoky nuts. Bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gururyan (635) - Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 29, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2014 Smokey and smoooooove....just like a "festive ale" should be. Warming and snugly, this brew is the best one on tap. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fritz123 (1123) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2014
Bottle shared by Nick at da Pig in Boca. Pours a deep brown into small snifter. Not much head. Aroma is not overwhelming but spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, anise), chocolate, nuts, and plums. The taste is malty with the cinnamon and anise flavors, chocolate, booze, and dark fruits. Thick mouth, boozy finish, light carbonation. I sometimes struggle liking this style of beer but the mildness of the flavors makes this good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zizzybalubba (1504) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - NOV 25, 2014
12 oz. bottle from Total Wine, Chesapeake, VA. Dark brown cola-like pour with a thin khaki head. Aroma of light chocolate, sweet malt, and faint cinnamon. Taste is good with the spices being apparent but not overwhelming. Chocolate, cinnamon, and ginger are the primary flavors noted. Not sure exactly how to classify this one but itís a nice beer.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aholmb1 (123) - New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - NOV 24, 2014
Appearance: slightly translucent dark brown black color with tan head, inch head when poured Aroma: cinnamon malt, light scent Taste: caramel cinnamon Palette: slight tang and bitterness at end Overall: this is a very warming winter beer very good flavor ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Steasy66 (995) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 14, 2014
2012 bottle at Good, Bad, Ugly tasting 2014. Malted milk ball aroma, so Iím already out. Flavor is weak, watery, like a flattened bad barleywine.

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