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Brewed by Big Rock Brewery
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Calgary, Canada

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RATINGS: 50   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.92/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 13   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Brewmaster’s Edition:
The winter warmer
It can be tough to enjoy our long Canadian winters. The short days and cold temperatures sap the will. We crafted Winter Spice as the winter warmer that we’d want to drink to give us much-needed comfort during our longest season. Aromas of cloves and caramel evoke the sensation of home baking and the rich, malty flavour is enhanced with cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger.

Little Known Fact
Historically, brewers have utilized a variety of spices to enhance the flavour of their beers. Long before the use of hops became widespread a blend of spices was the primary means of flavouring the beer.

Note: Formerly McNally’s Winter Spice Ale.

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2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gramity (1668) - Edmonton, Alberta, - MAR 23, 2011
***Old Rating*** One finger bubbly off white head which soon diminished to a ring. No lacing to speak of. A clear dark amber. Spicy mild sweet smells. Spice up front in the taste, over a mils malt base. Finishes again with the spice. Cinnamon, clove and nutmeg. Medium body. Fairly low carbonation. Sweetish. Overall fairly pleasant.


3
cmacklin (1172) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 31, 2017
330ml bottle. Pours a clear red-amber with a small, short lived, off-white head that fully dissipates. Sweet, spicy aroma of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and caramel malt. Sweet, spicy flavour of bready malt, caramel, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. Light body with a thin, watery texture and soft carbonation. Ok.

3.2
Oakes (17676) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 30, 2016
$12 pitcher at Hapa Izakaya. Dark brown. Thin head. Herbal, maybe liquoricey, and soft dark fruits. Fruity - blue berry, Can’t say it paired well with the toro, but did fine enough with the fried stuff.

2.9
Ferris (15275) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 28, 2015
Draft - Cinnamon and clove with some ginger. Clear Amber with a decent white head. Sweet Bready notes, like a mild gingerbread.

3
MunBro (942) - St. Albert, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 28, 2015
Nice winter ale! Has a roasted malt flavour with some smooth caramel notes and a nice blend of spices.

2.9
northropfrye (3601) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - APR 13, 2015
Light copper body. Slight bubblegum aroma. Slight sweet fruit aroma but quite watery and thin palate.

3.1
MadRobin (2988) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - FEB 18, 2015
Poured from 12 oz. bottle at Coyotes in Banff, Alberta. Clear, amber-orange with an off-white head and good lacing. Aroma of nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, caramel and toast. Taste of nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, caramel, cloves and toast. Medium body and medium carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
RobBestwick (931) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 10, 2015
Sweet caramel aroma. Pours with a bronze colour and no head. Cinnamon, nutmeg and rich fruit flavours. Medium bodied with a touch of bitterness in the finish.

2.7
UXO (1896) - CANADA - JAN 16, 2015
Pours clear medium amber with a thin light tan head, excellent retention, patchy lacing. (3/5) Nose is typical gingerbread spice, caramel malt and brown sugar. (6/10) Taste is moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (5/10) Medium body, moderate carbonation. (3/5) Pretty standard winter warmer - typical gingerbread spices and sugar. Inoffensive and unremarkable. (10/20)

2.7
a_sully (457) - - DEC 11, 2014
Light orange brown with a thin white head. Aroma of nutmeg and cinnamon.taste is effervescent on the tongue with overpowering cinnamon and nutmeg notes. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.9
sulawang (1161) - - MAR 20, 2013
pours clear beer bottle brown with a small quickly dissipating head, no retention, a few streams, largish bubbles. Sweet malts with cinnamon and nutmeg on the nose. Attack: 7/10-sweetness, caramel Mid-palate: cola, cinnamon, hints of ginger, caramel, root beer, and malts Finish: mostly clean, slightly fizzy, very light malty bitter, just a touch of roughness on the palate. A very nice and clean brew - nothing spectacular but easy-going and very drinkable.


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