RATINGS: 277   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Our Special Ale, a dark, rich, heavily spiced ale with a recipe that changes with each passing year.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
baobubba (454) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - DEC 1, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2003 Dark amber color with a tan head. Aroma mostly malty (caramel and roasted malts), THEN spice (nutmeg or mace) and a little yeast. Sweet beginings with relatively little else. Roasted malt, chocolate, and grapefruit bitterness in the finish. A little light on the flavor towards the front. However not as spicy as other ratings here would lead you to believe. There are spicier brews.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pivo (2684) - GERMANY - DEC 1, 2002
Fresh, spicy nose. Complex taste profile that is well balanced: hinst of nutmeg, licorice and pine. Sharp initially, then a slightly hoppy bitter finish like ginger ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Terminus (3662) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 30, 2002
2002 bottle-not my style really, but a very good beer to try for the holidays-probably the most spicy winter warmer out there. This is something different from the hoppy offerings from the company-kinda tastes like the porter thined a little with added spice-same maltyness as the porter, just not as thick.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - NOV 30, 2002
Slightly roasty aroma. Roastiness comes through in the body and finishes dry. Spices are a bit harsh but should mellow with age.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
foduck (330) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 29, 2002
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2003 Juniper and nutmeg like aroma, a lot of spices. Very winter-type brew, some coffee in there too. Dark blackish/brown with brown head. Thick feeling. Spices come through with a bit of bitterness and dark malts. I think I like this so much because it reminds me of my homebrew.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrBeer (862) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 29, 2002
Dark burgundy colour, very unusal for a beer. Thin but firm beige head. Then I put my nose to glass and wooooow someone put a whole spiceshop up my nose. So I put the glass down and tried to find the name for that dominant spice. Hmmmm, a bit peppery, and very herbal... aah NUTMEG. And alot too. The amount of nutmeg used in this one must be equal to the amount of Cascade hops that North Coast BC uses in their beers. But after a couple of minutes other things start appearing. A certain floweriness, citrus, basil, licorice, wood and the all familiar meringue aroma. So the flavor is a bit of a dissapointment when it is totally owerpowered by nutmeg that wont go away. But it is also fruity, flowery, dry with hints of meringue and a quite big bitter finish. Even some cloves eventually find their way to the tastebuds. As always a worldclass beer but a bit less refined than the 2001 vintage. The final question is: Why does my seasonal beer reviews always become half novels ?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - NOV 28, 2002
Draft 2002: Great pour, dark in body with excellent head formation. Roasted coffee on the nose, comes through fairly bitter on the palate. Chocolaty and nutty, with a herbal spiciness that gains as it warms.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - NOV 27, 2002
(2002 bottled) A very deep dark ruby/brown. Thin dark tan head and lace. Nose of ginger, mint, pumpkin, graham crackers? and others. Medium bodied, flavors of cola, mint, clove, ginger, some malt in the back seat with a sprinkling of hops. Similar if not the same as last years.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BillKismet (3991) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 25, 2002
Not bad, but dissapointing compared to the 2001 vintage. The spiced ale was of a beautiful red black appearance with a coffee top. Nutmeg dominates the aroma with ginger dancing around the periphery as well as the possibility of cloves and allspice. The taste is initially dominated by nutmeg and allspice with a characteristic bitterness. Clove residue becomes apparent and adds a dryish element as well. This was less refined than the previous years vintate, but still apt for the season.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - NOV 24, 2002
The taste of nutmeg and other "spice" was almost overwhelming at first. Kind of deadened my tastebuds after the first couple sips. Interesting and Id not turn one down if offered another time.

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