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RATINGS: 352   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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4.2
smcolw (617) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 11, 2009
The aroma is complex. My immediate thought is spruce, lots of pine. There is also a sweetness--caramel or melted sugar. I also detect some nutty smells, mostly macadamia. Deep brown, too dark to shine light through a regular pint glass. Beige head that dies quick but leaves a thin layer of tiny bubbles and dramatic lace. Very rich beer that offers multiple malt flavors--roasted nuts, slight chocolate, sweet crystal, a touch of black patent. Very low hop, but it doesn’t need it since the flavor is already so robust. Highly carbonated, but subtle because of the oily nature of the liquid. The post-swallow flavors are chewy, dark and dessert-like. This is a beer to have by the fire with great friends and great conversation.

3.7
SudsMcDuff (8488) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 29, 2009
had from a donated 1.5L .. . I like the smell, not overly piney, some spruce .. . has done very well for a 5 year lay down .. could have gone longer .. cool stuff .. .

3.7
jkwalking05 (4745) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2009
Bottle thanks to BMan1113VR. Brown in color with a small off-white head. Aroma is of toast, leather, pine, and roasted malts. Taste is of pine, a little bit of raostiness, and lots of spices.

4
aspidites (1271) - manteca, California, USA - FEB 7, 2009
Like taking a walk in a Christmas tree lot. Slight rum cake and spiced cookie notes in the nose with toasted caramel and marshmallow characters. Nice and clean finish.

3.4
travita (5008) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 30, 2009
Bottle thanks to bman1113vr. The smell is spruce, malts, paper, and spiced. The look is clearish in a dark brown in color with almost no head. The taste is malty, spiced, spruce, and slighty oxidized.

2.9
Rosebud butternuts (2408) - Denton, Texas, USA - JAN 30, 2009
bottle thanks to bman1113vr. poured brown with a beige head. aroma of liquid smoke. flavor had berry and some liquid smoke as well. a good brew. i will have to pick up the current year special ale and give it a try.

3.5
ilovedarkbeer (2748) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JAN 24, 2009
Bottle thanks to BMan1113VR via paistie2002. Almost no head sits atop a black brown body. Nose is nutmeg, and gingerbread. Taste is winter mulling spices, and toffee and rum cake. Short watery finish.

3.6
BMan1113VR (7929) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 23, 2009
Bottle thanks to paistie2002. Shared with the Dallas Crew. Pours with a small off-white head over a brown hazy body. Good lacing. Aroma of currants, leather, bread, raisins and toffee. Taste is oxidized with some notes of raisins, bread and brandy. Light carbonation and a bit thin.

3.9
garthicus (2945) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 23, 2009
Shared by HogTownHarry with Blankboy and I. Appearance: Murky brown, whispy head. Aroma: Altar wine, pine, rye bread. Flavour: Raisins, Christmas cake, brandy. Sweet. Awesome!

2.7
SphinxTX (2878) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2009
Bottle thanks to bman113vr. Pours a dark brown, cream head. Aroma of some soy sauce. Flavor of soy sauce and dark roast. Mouthfeel is light-medium body, light-medium carbonation. This is 7 years old and losing it’s life.....


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