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RATINGS: 84   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Inspired by Mexican hot chocolate.Telegraph Winter Ale warms even the coldest of nights with hints of cinnamon,allspice,and sweet ancho chilies.Using generous amounts of chocolate and caramel malts,we brew this beer in limited quantities as a special treat for our friends and families.Be sure to enjoy it cool,rather than cold to fully appreciate its complexity.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HonkeyBra (3240) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2011
750 ml. bottle from Secret Santa. Thanks man! Pours a reddish amber brown pour with a medium off white head, sticky, clings to the glass. Aroma of clove, all spice, orange peel, caramel and toffee malts. Flavor of strong clove. Toffee malts, cinnamon, spice. Certainly the spice plays a big deal in this. Mild chocolate and caramel. Tastes pretty good. Full-bodied, lots of carbonation. I’d say this is a petty solid winter ale.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chaseman (50) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 15, 2011
Dark brown pour, smells of cinnamon and nutmeg with slight chocolate. A little funkier than I was expecting (I was expecting something more along the lines of a chocolate stout with some winter spice kick), but it was a pleasant surprise as the cinnamon, nutmeg, and chocolate spice are quite strong and create a unique mixture of flavors, but almost in an overpowering way.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (10530) - Orange County, California, USA - DEC 10, 2011
Pours a dark amber color with a finger of off-white head.  Strong spice aromas of cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg.  There’s a nice little bit of banana aroma and dark fruit, too.  Maybe a little bit of coffee.  The flavor is nicely sweet with quite a bit of caramel, toffee, and spices.  Nutmeg and cinnamon seem to be the most prominent.  Some hints of banana as well as cherries.  Medium bodied and medium carbonation.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JDBaker11058 (1204) - Maryland, USA - DEC 6, 2011
Appearance: medium to dark brown, with clear ruby highlights around the edges; short off-white head vanishing quickly. Aroma: spices (clove, cinnamon, black pepper, nutmeg, allspice), brown bread, and chocolate. Taste: notes of chocolate, a hint of coffee, strong impression of cinnamon, clove, bit of ginger, and as it warms, some heat. Finish: finishes long and smooth, with the heat of the chiles coming on very subtly. Notes: An interesting beer, but perhaps trying too hard. Mailer that came with it called it a spiced porter, but this was too light in the palate (almost watery). Definitely a spicy beer, but all the spices were almost overpowering, rather than complimentary. For the second glass, I actually mixed it half and half with Vintage 50’s Sordid Past, which made for a pretty good beer. Bottle from the Rare Beer Club.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
jredmond (5196) - Manhattan, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2011
Bottle shared at Paul’s Dec 3rd tasting. Pours a brown body. Aroma is toasted caramel malts and a touch of cinnamon. Mouthfeel is thin, with notes of watered down chocolate, cinnamon, and caramel malts. Ehhhh.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2011
Bottle at Paul’s tasting. Pours a clearish brown with a thin white head. Malt on the nose, toast and caramel, a bit of spice. Medium bodied, sweet malt and toast. Gentle spices on the finish, malt and toast, a little bitterness.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cavie (3746) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 2, 2011
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown color with a ring of tan head. Aroma is chocolate, spices and warm bready notes. Flavor is dry spice, ginger and all-spice. Finishes with lots of spice evident.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mikem409 (1475) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - DEC 1, 2011
not so sure about mexican hot chocolate did not get much spice or chocolate got banana and clove.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hayduke (3317) - Eureka, California, USA - JUN 27, 2011
Shared with Strykzone in a joint tasting. The cork on the bottle smacked me in the forehead when I removed the cage. Good thing it did not hit me in the eye. Lot of carbonation in the bottle. While it is titled a Winter Ale, it is really a spice beer. It pours a rich light brown color with a huge tan head that settled very slowly. The nose is spices, spices and spices with the major aroma Allspice. Medium body and a mouthfeel that numbs the tongue and lips. The flavor is all sorts of spices and chili pepper, with some chocolate. The finish has some other flavors but by the time I got to it my taste buds were so overwhelmed by all the spices I was not sure what it was This beer was certainly unique and actually drinkable, but not something I would be interested in trying again.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Strykzone (4781) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUN 26, 2011
Sent in a trade from Hayduke with whom it was shared via Facebook chat. This is not a typical Winter Ale. It pours with a gushing light tan head that takes a while to dissipate. the beer is dark brown and opaque. The nose is huge spices followed by more spices. That is the flavor, too. Tons of spice. Then chile peppers show up. They attack the tongue tip with a vengeance. At some point cocoa is tasted that is never big and reminds me of powdered hot chocolate mix. At the end dark fruit, especially raisins, emerges. The finish is pepper, cocoa and raisins. This beer borders on being odd but somehow it all works, but barely.


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