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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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bytemesis (2920) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tgncc (2740) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JAN 6, 2012
Bottle shared at Paul’s. The aroma is spicy (ginger, nutmeg, etc.), molasses, caramel. The appearance is a brown/red color, translucent, off white head. The flavor is spicy, cinnamon, nutmeg, toffee, caramel. The finish is spicy. medium in body. Pretty good.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
iowaherkeye (2690) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjg74 (2478) - La Mesa, California, USA - DEC 20, 2008
Bottle from Whole Foods. Deep amber in color. Aroma is quite spicy with an almost sourish note. Spices and chile in the flavors. Somewhat smokey. Interesting take.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - FEB 3, 2009
Growler from the brewery last December, and somehow forgot to enter my notes until now. Dark purple-brown. Richly spiced aroma that does indeed have some similarities to mexican chocolate. Caramel and sharply spicy flavor. Finished a bit astringent. Started quite good, but by the end the spices were a bit heavy handed, and there wasn’t much chocolate flavor as advertised. Fun to split with a bunch of people, but I wouldn’t want a whole bottle of this to myself.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 17, 2008
Bottle from hamiltons. Pours with a deep red-brown body topped by a medium thick, quickly disapperaing, off-white head with some lacing. It’s slightly swet and malty with notes of allspice and cinnamon. Similar to mexican cocoa. Not bad. Medium bodied and highly carbonated.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
redlight (2316) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2012
Cinnamon and spices on the nose. The beer pours a dark amber almost brown with a thin off white head. Spices dominate the flavor with vegetal pepper notes and hints of chocolate.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DedicatedToFun (2122) - Santa Monica, California, USA - DEC 12, 2013
Drank on tap at the brand new tasting room in Santa Barbara. Interesting mix of hot chocolate with ciannamon and spices

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StefanSD (2068) - Lakeside, California, USA - JAN 8, 2009
750 ml bottle from Bev4less. Pours a murky dark brown with a dissipating beige head. The nose is complex with cocoa, spices, and some funky sour grapes. The flavor is sour and spicy, with pumpkin, cocoa, grapes, apple and chestnuts. The mouthfeel is full and silky smooth. The finish is long and dry with lingering spices. Overall: A very enjoyable winter ale, it kinda reminded me of Alpine Ichabod 2007.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 19, 2007
Pours a deep brown color with a brown head. Aroma is herbal, spice, and cinnamon. Flavor is malty, roasty, spicy, and cinnamon.


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