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RATINGS: 530   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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3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KajII (799) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - DEC 11, 2011
Bottle. The pour was a murky dark brown with an average sized (1-2 finger) head that was not around for long and only having fair lacing. The aroma was very mild of a toasted chocolate malt a very mild resin hop and a sweet doughy yeast with notes of allspice, cinnamon, toffee and dark fruit. The taste was moderately sweet and malty with a hint of toffee and some fruit at first then had the strong effect of spices take hold with a nice note of dark fruit and an alcohol warming sensation at the end. The flavor lasted only a short time while the taste of the dark fruit faded into the background of the spices. Mouthfeel was just a smidgen below medium in body and a tad watery in texture with a weak carbonation. Overall a Winter Ale with a nice dose of spices and a superb maltiness. A very drinkable brew even with the noticeably strong alcohol presence.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Theydon_Bois (12125) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2015
Bottle during RBWG hotel lobby tasting night 1, 19/02/15 picked this one up at some small store in St Simons Island on the way down. Rich chestnut brown with a decen tan covering. Nose is nutty, spice, clove, toffee, nutmeg. Taste comprises rich dark fruits, toffee, more nutmeg and spice. Medium + body, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Ok if a little harsh in places.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TH28 (213) - - APR 25, 2015
12oz bottle. 11/5/15 code date. Appearance: Jet black and opaque, with a quickly dissipating tan head. Aroma: First thought is chocolate milk. More of a creamed coffee. A hint of cinnamon. Taste: Rich, sweet chocolate malt up front, turning to some light roasted coffee, and ending with a splash of cinnamon. Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with some viscosity. Carbonation is light. Alcohol warmth barely noticeable. Finish: Lingering light roasted malt. Overall: Great winter ale. Spice impact is minimal and doesn’t overpower. Drinks like a light oatmeal stout with a bit of high ABV heat.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
brokensail (12508) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 25, 2015
Bottle @ home. Thanks, Pat. Dark brown pour with a thin khaki head. Nose is caramel, mild roast, and toasted grains. Slight cocoa and mushroom. A little bit of cinnamon and spice. Flavor is on the sweet side. A lot of caramel, cinnamon, and peppery spice. A bunch of toasted grain. Just a mediocre whatever beer.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
CJ_Pain (194) - Georgia, USA - APR 18, 2015
Decent winter beer. All the right "holiday" spices, roasted malts, etc. little thin in the body. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rdixon77 (1441) - Georgia, USA - APR 8, 2015
Old rating. Fairly nice seasonal beer. Dark brown. Chocolate, fruitiness, plenty sweet with a bit of tart. Medium bodied.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtclockwork (10444) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 27, 2015
Bottle. No label taken. Pours dark brown. Nose/taste of molasses, cinnamon, nutmeg, winter spiced cocoa. Medium body.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Patrickctenchi (4604) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - FEB 26, 2015
Bottle: (2014 Edition) Purple-brown with a frothy tan head. Cola, cinnamon aroma. Taste is cinnamon, chocolate malt. Nicely done without going for too much spicing..... Easy drinking....almost no alcohol presence. Very good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (5423) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 10, 2015
12oz bottle. Poured a dark ruby, almost cola color with a small off-white head. Aroma was light roast, lots of earthy notes. Light cloves, some peppery notes. Flavor had cloves, spices, some light burnt malt, smoke. Interesting.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DCLawyer (1755) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 9, 2015
Bottle to stem. Dark brown/mahogany with thin tan head. A: malt, spice, caramel, dark fruit. T: toffee, dark fruit, spice. Good.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcnielsen (2498) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 28, 2015
Bottle. Pours a deep brown color with beige head. Spices, cinnamon, roasty, smoke aromas and flavors. Pretty typical spiced winter seasonal. These type of beers aren’t really my thing anymore, although they aren’t bad every once in awhile.


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