RATINGS: 1233   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
Our winter ale has a gorgeous mahogany hue, a hint of hazelnuts, and a finish reminiscent of mocha and toffee. No spices, just a perfect blend of five specialty malts. Cellarable for 3+ years.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
FestDecBeet (412) - - JAN 5, 2015
Look: pours a dark Amber. Tan head. Very clear. Smell: hops. Sweet caramel. Pine. Muted Citrus fruit. Taste: heavy roasted malt. Slight bitterness on the back. Pine and grass. Feel; medium carbonation. Taste more like a porter but too dry for that. Overall: not what I was expecting with ale in the label. First drank: home 1/5/15 Vintage: 2014

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
John25 (1291) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - JAN 4, 2015
Bottle, 1 year old. Cola. Hazelnut aroma. Toffee sweetness, toasted malt, with big nutty flavors in the taste. A very good, smooth winter brew. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
foyle (413) - Wyoming, USA - JAN 1, 2015
Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass. Appearance: dark reddish-brown with plenty of streaming carbonation. Pours a 1" cream colored head that falls pretty fast with some lacing left behind. Aroma: rich aroma of toffee, dark roasted barley, earthy and citrus hops. Mouthfeel: medium bodied, slightly astringent, with a dry finish and a lingering alcohol burn. Flavor: complex mixture of rich roasted barley, cocoa, toffee, some tangy citrus and herbal hops and a definite alcohol presence. Overall: a hearty and tasty brew, this definitely fits the definition of a "winter warmer". Excellent to sip on a frigid winter night.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
snoworsummer (5173) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 29, 2014
From a bottle. Pours opaque copper brown with a fizzy off white head. Tastes very malty, like toasted bread, cereal, nutty caramel, light booze. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like toffee, nutty, toasted malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sonnycheeba (5487) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 29, 2014
Bottle. Pours cola brown with creamy beige head. Aroma is cereal and toasted malts, caramel and toffee, dates, faint woody notes, and faint booze. Flavor is rich, chewy malt profile with some alcohol spice, light woody notes, light earthy hops, faint chocolate, and some dark fruit sweetness. Medium body and carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopbag (159) - - DEC 27, 2014
Aroma has current and sugar. Not spiced, not too sweet. Dark caramel malt, maybe some roast or chocolate in small quantities. Trailing coffee bitterness. Nicely balanced. Neutral yeast. Definitely a sipper, as the bitterness coated my palate after a few sips. Hides the alcohol well. Really nice winter brew, would try again. Curious how it would age.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sledutah (7212) - Utah, USA - DEC 24, 2014
12oz bottle picked up at Wilburs
Pours clear dark brown/mahogany with a small off-white head, some lacing. Aroma or dark malts, nutty and coffee. Taste of roasted malts, ashy, coffee and molasses
Pretty tasty, Id like to get a few and cellar them.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
illiniphil (148) - Nashotah, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2014
Excellent Christmas Ale. Dark roasted malts with a balance of hops. Definately a buy again Christmas Ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
jcnielsen (3313) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 19, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2016 Bottle. Pours a deep brown color with white head. Slight roasted and nutty aromas. Malty, cardboard, dark fruit, alcohol, caramel flavors. Really not impressed. All cardboard and malty and boozy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (8062) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - DEC 18, 2014
Caramelized, sugary malt is the main element here. Pours dark amber with decent head and lacing. Sweet finish and thick consistency - a little syrupy. Tap at Churchkey, 2014 edition. I also tried the 2004 bottle pour at the Churchkey event yesterday and it didnt hold up quite as nicely as the newer one.

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