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RATINGS: 520   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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bmoosey (82) - Eldorado, Ohio, 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RobertDale (3781) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JAN 14, 2015
12 ounce bottle thanks to my Winter Secret Santa. Pours a darker brown with a nice tan head. Aroma of malt and spices. Taste is malt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and caramel. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
unclemike (2339) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - JAN 11, 2015
Deep garnet in color, the light chocolate head and lace are quite pronounced. Caramel, hints of chocolate and of course the malts dominate the nose. Front begins malt, medium top, dry, acidic, moderate carbonation and a quite quaffable beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2565) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JAN 6, 2015
Darkish, strong. Smoky and fruity notes, some caramel and cookie. Rich and a nice winter warmer. Touches of an earthy and spicy hop, generally earthy spicy character throughout, with a warming cookie malt palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
obguthr (4169) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JAN 2, 2015
Strong bready prune nose, with cinnamon and pecan notes. Clear cola brown, thick tan head with good retention. Charred oak, dry plum flavor. Prune and black cherry make occasional appearances. Creamy medium body. Interesting beer in that it simulates a Belgian strong ale without the apparent use of candi sugar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BelgianBeerGal (3255) - 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 (3270) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2014
Backlog rating. Bottle at Chriso’s 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 (4544) - 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 (1163) - 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 (3714) - 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 (636) - 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

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