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RATINGS: 90   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
DYCSoccer17 (3513) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 11, 2010
750mL bottle purchased at Nugget Market in Woodland, CA. Corked and caged. No pop whatsoever when this was opened. The aroma is heavy on spices. White pepper, allspice, nutmeg are detected. Lightly floral with some roasted and burnt malts behind the spices. Transparent, watery-appearing cola colored body with no head or carbonation. Starts spicy with some peppery notes, before this becomes slightly sweet in the middle, before this becomes an awkward salty flavor towards the end. Some of the pepper flavor makes an appearance, but there is no heat associated with it. This is a very strange strange brew. I am not sure what to think of it. Definitely needs some carbonation and some body, and the saltiness in the middle is weird...almost mouth puckering. I don’t see myself purchasing this again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (7588) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 5, 2010
Bottle thanks to footbalm. Pours a dark brown/red color with a large off-white head. A spicy nose; some pepper and allspice. The flavor is nice; sweet and spicy, some light heat from the peppers, caramel and a slight tartness. Nice. The peppers are light but there.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
PotjeBier (2170) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - APR 4, 2010
75 cl corked bottle from Whole Foods. Pours beautiful red-brown with off-white head (that doesn’t last too long). Aroma boasts spices (ginger, cinnamon, anise, coriander), some chocolaty sweetness and some acidity. Flavor is slightly sweet and acidic (possibly a minor infection). Spiciness in the finish. Not bad, but not great either.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - FEB 4, 2010
$7.99 at the Best Damn Beer Shop. 750mL bottled on OCT 30 2009. Clear deep ruby with a very short-lived, two finger beige head. It actually looks like cola now, as quickly as the head faded. Plenty of cinnamon, and allspice in the nose with some toasted malts and light dark chocolate behind. There’s a tinge of lemon as well. Flavor is much the same with the lemon and a fair amount of alcohol warmth surprisingly strong, being only 6.5%. Roasty burnt finish with bitterness at a 2. Thin body with light to moderate carbonation. Didn’t really like this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
daleharshman (987) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 30, 2010
Corked and caged 750 ml bottle from Holiday Wine Cellar ($6.99). Pours a nice deep dark brown-red with generous three fingers of foamy head. Strong aroma of "holiday" spices (cinnamon, nutmeg) along with weaker aromas of chocolate malt, anise, juniper, wood, and a hint of chili. Flavor is again dominated by the same "holiday" spices found in the nose. The chili taste is weak but there, but the chocolate and malt flavors are noticeably weak. Good carbonation but disappointing finish which is dominated by the spices yet again. This is a good idea -- I certainly enjoyed the Mexican hot chocolate I had when I visited Oaxaca in the winter. There in Mexico the rich chocolate, spice/cinnamon, and chili flavors comes together very well. This beer needs to tone down the spice while increasing the chili and especially the chocolate flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Plovmand (7185) - Helsinge, DENMARK - NOV 28, 2009
Bottle. Dark reddish brown with a small off white head. Very fruity aroma with some spices. Sweet fruity flavour with lots of malt, caramel, light chocolate and dark fruit. Quite vinous.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fonefan (40503) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 26, 2009
Bottle 75cl.
Clear medium amber color with a large, frothy to creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, roasted, caramel, spicy, kardemomme, kanel, allspice. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20091123]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Theis (14668) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 25, 2009
Bottle at Papsø’s - Thanks. Clear dark brown - offwhite head. Spicy, pumpkin, vingummi, candy, roasted, burned, honey, overriped fruits, licorice, yeasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
joergen (24490) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 24, 2009
Bottle at Papsø. Cloudy red brown coloured with a huge beige head. Fruity aroma of spices, liquorice and overriped fruits. Fruity flavour of spices, yeast and liquorice with notes of dried fruits. Sweet finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pinball (11705) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2009
clear brown, smooth light brown head. faint flowery aroma, dark berries. flavor is boozy, strong dark fruits, raisins, dark caramel. dark fruity bitter.

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