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RATINGS: 353   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Our Special Ale, a dark, rich, heavily spiced ale with a recipe that changes with each passing year.

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3.2
cubs (10635) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 10, 2011
Bottle @ Bull & Bush Christmas tasting. Dark brown appearance with a light brown head. Spruce, piney, minty, caramel, toffee aroma. Minty, piney, sprucey, moderately oxidized, caramel/toffee malty flavor. I prefer the 2004 vintage slightly better but this one was ok.

3.3
jredmond (8285) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2011
Bottle vintages 2000-2006 shared at Paul’s Dec 3rd tasting. The 2000 and 2001 were by far the best - very interesting how this beer has aged especially considering the low alcohol to begin with. Aroma of the older years is full of prune, fig, raisins, and molasses. Mouthfeel is thin, but not watery with notes of dark fruits, brown sugar, molasses and some spices. Pretty similar to the 2002 vintage.

3.5
j12601 (12000) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2011
Bottle at Paul’s tasting. Pours a clear ruby tinged brown with a few scant bubbles around the edges. Sweet and malty on the nose, soft toffee, a touch of spices. Sweet and malty, oxidized with some plum and prune notes, lots of prune. Tangy on the finish.

3.3
radagast83 (8072) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - NOV 8, 2011
Consumed 11.08.2011. Poured a dark brown color with a very tiny, almost non-existent, wispy head - carbonation still exists, but is mellow. Aroma has also mellowed quite a bit but retains signature notes of spices. Very sweet. Complexity is fading a bit, but it’s pretty enjoyable, even today. Can’t wait to try this one up against the next vintage.

3.1
thirdeye11 (6160) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2011
(12oz bottle thanks to bu11zeye) medium ruby brown pour, ring of dark tan head. Nose of pine, spices, malt balls, and chocolate wafers. Taste of biscotti and unsweet rye bread, medium bitterness, mildly un-carbonated, with a dry bittersweet finish.

3.4
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - MAY 23, 2011
12oz bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Dark reddish brown pour with a decent amount of tan head (especially considering how old this bottle is). Aromas of spice - nutmeg and cinnamon. Flavor is more of the same, very spicy and Christmas-y.

3.1
Cavie (4718) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 23, 2011
Bottle courtesy bu11zeye. Clear dark color that turns cherry red when held to the light. Aroma is Ginger spice and nutmeg that is not as intense as the 2002. Flavor is dry and bready with a slight bit of spices. Winter spices for sure. Finishes easily enough.

3.6
nickd717 (4691) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 30, 2010
12oz bottle. Pours a clear dark brown color with reddish hues and a one finger khaki head that fades to nice swirls. The aroma is sweet honey, caramel, winter spices, roast, and slight oxidative notes from the 7 years of age. The flavor is great. A little sherry-like from the age, but this works pretty well. Sweet honey and caramel malt, pumpernickel bread, toast, nutmeg, allspice, and slight anise. Medium bodied with soft carbonation, maybe just a tiny bit watery. This is another good vintage of this beer. I’m really not sure there is a bad one.

3.7
fraternie (1011) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 16, 2010
Lots of cinnamon and pumpkin spice on the nose. Medium-bodied and malty with holiday spices of cinnamon, nutmeg and creamy chocolate underneath. Rich but light on the palate, and a bit short on the finish, but certainly festive.

2.1
MrPickles (438) - Waunakee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 7, 2010
Bottle shared with and from madvike. Thanks Matt. Very complex and thats the only good thing I can say about it. All spice and something not good! Lots of spice and different flavors in there I am just not digging any of them. I thought a 1998 was bad, bull the 03 is no better.


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