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RATINGS: 57   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This brown winter ale is brewed with 5 types of malt, noble hops, then subtly spiced with Curaçao orange peel and ginger.

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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aurelius (5251) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 9, 2006
Clear, dark woody brown. ginger is the predominant flavor over a sweetish caramel ale. Acidic, fruit. Good bittering. I’m such a sucker for gingerbeer. Finishes out with a side-of-the-tongue, spicy, hop bitterness. Medium body.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 9, 2010
Tap at Brewers Art Holiday Beer Tasting 09. Pours a deep dark woody brown with a nice lasting head. Aroma is spicy, ginger, earthy, phenolic, almost an anise kick as well- deep dark toasted malts, light nutty hints and slight chocolate. Flavor is moderate sweet, anise, herbs, spice, gingerbread, and mint green grassy with some nutty slightly burnt malts, caramel and toffee, biscuit as well- airy dry bubbly finish- Nice.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Blairgus (4472) - California, USA - NOV 19, 2013
19 nov 2013, tap at brewers art. Dark brown. Nose is dark toast, orange, and spices. Thin body and moderately fizzy. Finer comes out big time and lots of bitter orange peel in the finish. Reminds me of 90% chocolate and orange rind. Fun for a winter ale. Don't know how much I could drink though. It is quite bold. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beastiefan2k (3880) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - DEC 9, 2016
12oz bottle, no date. Dark brown pour, too dark to see through. Agaonst the light looks a bit ruby brown and some more clarity. Aroma is relatively mild with a light spice coming off, light ginger cook is what I mostly get. A light pluminess after that with a cookie dough lightness to surround all of it. Flavor is smiliarly mild with present but light spices and a mild Belgian dark backbone. Not sweet, dry, more of a S/H/V than a Belgian really. The orange peel doesn’t really stand out for me.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - APR 19, 2013
Slutfest! Light chocolate aroma? Flavor is light chocolate? Send out a search party, there seems to be a beer missing. Maybe some odd spicing. Light body. Shockingly little going on here.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drjay44 (3645) - Salida, Colorado, USA - JAN 10, 2014
750 corked and caged bottle. Shared with multiple others at brew club. Pours a thin fizzy head over a hazy reddish brown (SRM 20) body....nose is dried cherry, fig, plum, minimal hops.....taste is heavy cherry, fig, hints of cocoa, hints of molasses, sweet throughout, finishing with light hop tones, minimal bitterness.....mouth feel light of medium, alcohol hidden, carbonation makes it very fizzy. This is on the sweet end of the Belgian Strong Ale style, also very highly carbonated, and on the simple end of the spectrum. Perhaps a change in the malt bill and a yeast change would improve it. BJCP 7/2/14/3/6

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dnstone (3107) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 17, 2009
Spicey, malty nose. Brown with no head. A sweet brown ale with a hint of fruit and defined spiciness. A bit of alcohol warmth in the finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
keepersj12 (3091) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 25, 2012
A very dark amber, almost brown with a big fizzy head that quickly fades. The aroma is fruity sweet with a bit of spices. The flavor is similar with the spices showing up on the swallow. A bit to fizzy for me but quite refreshing.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
italianjohn (3091) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2013
Dark amber pour, beige frothy head and a little lively ... aroma of spices (cinnamon mostly), caramel malts and toasted malts .... taste is of caramel malts, christmas spices, toasted malts and light dark fruits ... finish is spicy ... mouthfeel is a bit lively some overcarbonation detected ... avg christmas ale with a nice spicy cinnamon/nutmeg/ginger combo and a slight bitter bite ... abv hidden well

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BOSSbrewer (2705) - Arkansas, USA - NOV 19, 2013
Pours a dark amber at Pratt Street Brewery. Creamy off white head. Lots of spices. Licorice. Coriander. Cinnamon. Yuck. I really don't like this style thou I suppose they do it well. Hardly beer though.


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