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RATINGS: 540   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   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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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
elektrikjester (90) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 8, 2010
Pours a dark amber brown, with a foamy beige head that dissipates and leaves a fair amount of lacing. Aroma of raisin and berries, sweet overall. Taste is warming, with malts dominating and some hoppiness. Alcohol is definitely front and center with dried fruits and spiciness providing much of the flavor. Some sourness and a little hoppy bitterness, but extremely drinkable and warming. Mouthfeel is lively, even a bit sharp, with tingly carbonation. In sum, an awesome beer, perfect for th season.


2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Frank (3713) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2016
This stuff is not exactly fantastic. It’s brown and mostly headless. It’s kinda sweet w/ sort of a brackish smokey roasted quality and a bunch of wintery spices sort of awkwardly thrown over the top of it. I wouldn’t call this completely terrible but it is sort of gross and heavy to drink so I am glad I only got one of them.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jflopsu (914) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 4, 2016
Pours a dark brown with tan head. Has a great aroma of spices, cinnamon, grains, and hops. A great taste of cinnamon, other spices, hops, and some dry malts. A dry aftertaste from the grains and spices.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rollinsr (520) - Atlanta, GEORGIA - DEC 30, 2015
Pours dark brown with some tan head. Aroma is spiced with similar spices seen in pumpkin beers. Flavor is rich and reasonably malty with more spicy molasses flavor. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
gripweed57 (1199) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2015
12 ounce bottle. Translucent mahogany brown color. Rocky beige head. Faint cola-like nose. Flavor is similar to nose. Cola -like with notes of cinnamon and mace as advertised. Some spicy hops in finish. Otherwise, just average.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Homer321 (3551) - Melboring, Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2015
Bottle from the rotter. Nose is clove and pie spices. Allspice. Deep brown pour with minimal off white head. Taste is very spice forward with a dried cheery and fruity ester flavor. BOOM. Then the alcohol kicks in with a strong warning of the chest. Overall ok but the spices really dominate any malt character.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tmongoose (1960) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 20, 2015
draft that poured a medium brown almost opaque with slight offwhite head. nice spice aroma and medium malt. the spices of cinnamon, maybe nutmeg and chocolate and the dominant scents. the flavor brings more of the same and blended nicely. chocolate is a definite on the tongue followed by the cinnamon and hops. very nice and warming..one of the better ones I have had.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TattooJack (403) - Illinois, USA - DEC 19, 2015
Poured from a couple bottles in a pick a six pack, black with red highlights with about a finger of white foam. Spicy and carbonation up front then malt and cinnamon with sugary, dry, and gritty end. Doesn’t seem as strong as the 8.1% that the label boasts.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
lamas (1527) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 5, 2015
Bottle. Best if enjoyed by: 10/07/16. A mahogany pour with a smallish tan head. The aroma features some beef jerky, gingersnaps, candi sugar, caramel, cinnamon, nutmeg, cocoa, and some toasted grains. Thin to medium-bodied, yet kinda watery on the way down. Caramel and sugary gingersnap cookies upfront taste-wise. Cocoa follows. Toasted grains. Smoke. Lots of cinnamon and nutmeg throughout. If this is truly 8.6% ABV, the alcohol is pretty well-hidden. Nothing too memorable here.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Msgriffi (22) - - NOV 30, 2015
Very nice Christmas ale. Nice all around. Good aroma of spiced cinnamon and malt. Smooth mouthfeel with small carbonated bubbles from bottle conditioning. Great malt and good spices up front with the tight carbonation bringing out some spice. Medium mouthfeel with cinnamon upfront then deep malt, raisin, spiced, touch of brown sugar sweetness with a touch of ginger to round out. Smooth and doesn't seem strong, but the body holds up with the abv. Could have a few of these. Not as spiced as some, but a good round Christmas ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Paigeturner (101) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 9, 2015
Great cinnamon nose, some toasty malts along with that. Tight white foam and tight carbonation. Coffee like but very light coffee. Caramel and some spices follow then ends with good slight warming.


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