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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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 29, 2011
Why did I think this was a porter? It needs to be a porter. Fairly clear, thin-looking pour, dark brown with a good deal of ruby to the appearance. Thin head, gone in a flash. Nose is by-the-numbers spice at first but some chilis come on just a bit (I’d have said serranos too, but what do I know?). Prickly mouthfeel, suggesting far more carbonation than is actually present, with the midlest heat from the chilis. Spice seems perfunctory, and it ends up that the beer seems thin and faded as a whole.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IrishBoy (3805) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 5, 2007
Bottle from Sandys, San Luis Obispo, picked up by Odeed; Thanks Jake; Nose of vegetable chilies, chocolate, and caramel; clear, very dark brown with red fringes; one finger, extremely lomg-lasting, glass-lacing, tan head; flavor of chocolate, sweetnees, vegetable flavor of chilies, but no real heat since anchos are very mild, caramel, spices, and a tiny bit of tartness for a finish. Could be a porter without the chilies! Now this is a chili beer!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 24, 2009
November 2008 Bottle Date; Sampled January 2009,br> A soft pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a three-finger thick, lightly browned, full tan colored head. The beer is a very dark, burnt brown color that shows a brilliantly clear, deep ruby hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells quite sweet more from spice notes and a touch of cinnamon than from the actual malt. I do believe I detect a touch of spicy chile in the nose as well, it is just a touch in the finish, but seems to add an earthy chile note. Caramelized malt adds some brown sugar like notes and there is also a light toasted grain character. By far the sweet spice notes are the most noticeable part of the aroma, but as the beer warms a bit more of the chile starts to come out; this accentuates some berry notes and there is also a touch of cocoa now towards the finish.

A prickly carbonation greets my tongue up front and adds a tartness from the carbonic acid. Some aggressive swirling releases some of the excessive carbonation, but there is still a tartness to this brew. This has a spiciness reminiscent of sweet baking spices (a mix of cinnamon, clove and perhaps a hint of nutmeg), that also add a touch of bitterness to the finish. The chile adds some spice and chile flavor to the finish without really being hot at all. There is a bitterness here in the finish from the roasted malt, which also adds some roasted, toasted character to the front end of the beer as well. This is pretty light bodied, though it does have some heft to it that becomes a bit more balanced as the beer warms up. This is quite fruity tasting at times and reminds me of tart currants, some berry notes, as well as some tannic red grape flavors. The malt also seems to contribute a touch of dark cocoa flavors in addition to the toasted notes.

This is an interesting beer. The ancho is not quite prominent enough and the beer itself doesn’t quite seem like it is rich enough to support the additional ingredients. This definitely has a certain tartness to it as well, though I think this is due to the dark grain and mash schedule than from any infection.

Purchased: South Bay Drugs, Imperial Beach CA

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cavie (3750) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 2, 2009
Courtesy TheCheeseMan. Pours a clear, dark, chestnut brown color. A foamy, beige colored head is well retained. Sudsy lacing mostly rejoins the body. The aroma shows a fairly complex and inviting blend of dried caramel, dehydrated figs, chestnuts, nutmeg, and allspice. A hint of vanilla lurks somewhere within, with a glint of smokiness, but no heat, stemming from the chilies. Flavors are basically the same, dry and earthy, with a light caramel and dark fruit sweetness, and slightly bitter, woody wintertime spices. Medium bodied and semi-dry, the palate is perhaps a shade weak and overly active for the style. This is a fairly nice, tasty wintertime brew.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hayduke (3322) - 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.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
DYCSoccer17 (3301) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexanderj (3298) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - DEC 20, 2008
On tap at PP San Clemente. A darker than expected brown color with an off white/tan head. Aroma of peppers, spice, chocolate and bread. Flavor tated a bit hot, so I wonder what the alcohol content was. Maybe it was the spicing. Overall it was a bit strange and I am not sure the flavors meshed too well. That being said, there were a lot of prominant flavors, such as bread, spice, fruit, pepper and bread. Just ok for me.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HonkeyBra (3263) - 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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bytemesis (3011) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 20, 2012
Tap. Pours clear chestnut with a medium tan creamy head that leaves decent lacing. Aroma is very spicy, with notes of allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, toffee. Flavor is super spiced, hard to find a beer in there, sweet with a mild zesty bitterness. Medium body. Pleasant enough, but not really a beer. I was getting tired of it after four ounces.


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