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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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2.6
scoobyluv (511) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 31, 2003
strong smell of nutmeg and cinnamon. very dark color. aftertaste of coffee which i don't particularly enjoy

2.6
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2004
11/24/03: Bottle.
Brown body with hints of red. Aromas of vanilla, Novocaine, salve and Band-Aids with some malt thrown in. Tastes include hops and dry-malt. There is a heavy medicine-like flavor: a combination of Novocaine, salve and Band-Aids. The finish has some vanilla and tea with a tinge of black cherry towards the very end. I am not a fan of this beer, although I do like the label.

2.6
beermaniac (86) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2004
Rated 11/23/04 Aroma: Caramel, Sherry and Spice aromas dominate with faint cinnamon. No hop. Appearance: Very dark brown, quickly disappearing head. Flavor: Some roast in the finish. No hop. Sweet malt with a tinge of sourness in the finish. Light spicing-may have faded. Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel, carbonation adequate. Overall: OK beer. Nothing really stands out. Maybe if I had it fresher?

2.6
thedm (6186) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 29, 2009
This bottled brew from a rating party poured a small sized head of foamy finely sized brown colored bubbles that were and left behind a opaque chocolate colored body. The aroma was brown malt chocolate and nutty. The mouth feel was weakly tingly at the start and at the finish. The flavor contained notes of spices brown malt and herbal. A decent one but not one that I would consider buying again.

2.5
Moz (613) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - APR 8, 2007
Bottle, 150cl. Dark, reddish colour with a light brown head. Spicy, sourish aroma. Nutty, spicy flavour.

2.4
michaeltrego (101) - Amherst, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 2, 2004
A little out of balance, but an enjoyable occasional ale. It was a heavier and darker than I remember last year's being. The spice was masked by the burnt. It could have used more hop and body malt.

2.4
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - JAN 16, 2005
Tasted 12/2004
Aroma: maybe some wax, burnt malts, soy sauce
Appearance: little lighter, same otherwise as 2002
Flavor: slight sweet grape flavor, some mossiness, really not a whole lot though
Palate: very smooth, slight malt aftertaste, lots of body

2.3
LordHedgehog (144) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - NOV 21, 2003
The aroma matches the taste perfectly. Grab one of those gummy coke bottle candies and suck on it; it's a cheaper version of the same thing. Overpoweringly sweet and soda-tasting, with some hints of other spices in there (mainly cinnimon and nutmeg).

2.3
dwyerpg (6187) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 25, 2003
A spicy aroma, cream-colored head. It tastes kinda watery until a rather strange finish. I'm not really a fan of this beer at all, but to be honest, I got it for free at the liquor store cuz some guy returned the whole case saying it was skunked. so, maybe it is.

2.2
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 23, 2005
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Taste shows definite signs of oxidation with heavy cardboard and celery notes present. If this is how these hold up over time, I’m amazed people are cellaring them.


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