craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2011
on tap at 5 Seasons North. arrived to the table a dark hazy brown with a slim off white head. spice nose with cinnamon, nutmeg, dark fruits and toffee. med body with caramel malts, sweet dark fruits and spices. semi-dry finish with sweet malts, spice and lingering floral hops. unclemattie (4357) - Georgia, USA - MAR 20, 2010
Tap. Very dark brown. Aroma has loads of spice. Dark fruit and toffee. Very spicy. Creamy texture. Nice spice of nutmeg and cinnamon. Lots of caramelized sugars. Easy to drink. decaturstevo (6343) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAR 8, 2010
Mahogany pour with fluffy tan head and lace. Cinnamon, malt, and nutmeg. Anise, sweet caramel malt. Medium bodied with a watery finish. jcwattsrugger (12517) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAR 3, 2010
on tap-pours a light tan head that laces and mahogany color. Aroma is medium/dark malt-roasty/cocoa. Taste is medium/dark malt-roasty/cocoa, earthy hops, some spice-nutmeg. Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - FEB 24, 2010
Serving: On draft at the brewpub.
It pours a mahogany brown with a foamy tan head. It has a roasted, spicy nose with notes of licorice, coriander, orange peel, and ginger. The taste is not too sweet and a bit earthy. Lots of spice comes along for the ride. The body is a bit on the light side and the finish is suprisingly short. Overall I am left a little wanting, especially for a winter warmer.
jrob21 (3773) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 28, 2010
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a pretty dark black with a bit of a tan head. Aroma is big spice and roasted malt. The spice is mostly cinnamon with some sweeter sort of star anise kind of character. Spice in the flavor is much the same but you get a bit more complexity. The roasted malt at a bit of a burnt flavor and there is some definite purple fruit, plum, raisin, working in there as well. Leaves a bit of sweetness. The spice dominates but it is unique and has some more character as well to keep you occupied. GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 20, 2010
On tap at the brewpub.
Pours dark, dark brown with hardly any light getting through underneath a big creamy beige head. There are tons of bubbles streaming up to the rocky bottom of the head.
The aroma is fairly subdued for a winter warmer as there isn’t a lot of spice presence in there. The main aroma is big roasted black malts with hints of espresso. Maybe the spices starting to come out as it warms.
The taste is a little spicier, though still not much for the style, with some cinnamon maybe. The dominant taste is still the dark malts, heavily roasted, with some chocolate.
The mouthfeel is close to full-bodied with strong carbonation and super creamy going down.
For me, this is an excellent winter warmer. After a season of drinking heavily spiced brews, maybe I’m just excited to have an extremely drinkable malty winter warmer. kp (10881) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 4, 2010
ChainGangGuy (4919) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 23, 2009
Date: December 17, 2009
Appearance: opaque dark brown with ruby edges, fine tan head, scatered lace
Aroma: sweet dark chocolate and roasted aroma, light spicyness
Flavor: sweet dark malt flavor, light chocolate and roasted malts, balancing spices, light bitterness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Score: ** /4
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2009 Appearance: Served up a clearish, very dark brown body with a thinnish (it was a particularly generous pour), light beige.
Smell: Aroma of earthy, dark malts with a big whiff of oven-toasted walnuts, then, lesser notes of unsweetened cocoa powder and burnt bread crusts. The blend of added spices are well-integrated and provide a pleasing background of spice without being overbearing.
Taste: Winter Warmer presents a rather robust, earthy taste, with flavors of ground walnuts, charred bread crusts, Dutch cocoa, and tobacco leaf. Relatively light sweetness. As with the nose, the spices blend in well - the star anise and ginger add the most appreciable contribution to the taste, though the cinnamon and nutmeg and allspice are also noticeable. Mild hop character and bitterness. The spices linger momentarily into the aftertaste where subtle fruity hints from orange peel and juniper berries emerge.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-light carbonation.
Drinkability: Give it a moment to warm a skosh to allow the spices to fully awaken. So often these days breweries are foisting onto the public so-called festive, Christmastime brews that are simply weak, wimpy brown ales without so much as a pinch of spice. Thankfully, that wasn’t the case here.