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RATINGS: 415   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 262   ABV: 8.75%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A spiced Winter Warmer brewed with nutmeg, clove, allspice and other holiday flavors.

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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RichTheVillan (7214) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2013
Keg from Cotteridge Wines; mahogany red pour with frothy tan head, winter spice aroma, taste has cinnamon, ginger a medley of winter spices, a hint of coffee, caramel and a malty finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sherm1016 (1273) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 19, 2013
12oz bottle from Downer Wine and Spirits. Pours a deep, dark brown color with a thin tan head that quickly fades. Aroma is spicy, clove, some roasty coffee. Medium to heavy on the palate with light carbonation. Flavor is sweet, malty, nutty, spicy, clove, nutmeg, with a light spicy finsh. A nice holiday sipper.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Holtguy (171) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 19, 2013
Tastes like a porter with a bit of sweetness and Xmas spices - allspice and nutmeg. Slightly boozy.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ryecatcher (1376) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 19, 2013
Bottle. Deep, murky brownish pour, thin off-white head, little retention. Nose is big nutmeg, followed by allspice and hint of clove, dried fruit, malt, hint of banana in there as well. Mouth is medium bodied, relatively dry up front, nutmeg and allspice kinda grab at your tongue, then some maltiness, pumpernickel, nutty and bready at the finish. Overall, not a bad holiday beer but the thing about allspice is, it can get kinda astringent and dominate everything else when you go overboard with it. Id tone it back a bit for better balance with the malts.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
GranvilleTim (1855) - Granville, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2013
Dark mahogany pour with a light brown head. Aroma is ginger, nutmeg, clove, Christmas memories of the past. Taste is creamy and all of the aromas I enjoyed during the pour. Nice winter ale. Alcohol well hidden. Nice lacing.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kevinsenn (2072) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 17, 2013
Bottle from Dark Horse. Pours brown with a tan head. Aroma of christmas spice and some citrus fruits. Spicy taste with sweet malt, light licorice, and a dry boozy finish. Enjoyable.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
alliance100 (1118) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 15, 2013
Draft and bottle.- Big spice aromas , nutmeg, clove. Mild sweetness with a tiny bit of hop bitterness. Lots of winter flavors, cinnamon nutmeg clove , all spice. Great winter warmer.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - DEC 15, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2014 Bottle: 2012. Deep mahogany, swampy & nearly black in the middle. Barely any head, only a collar made of big, beige bubbles. Aroma has notes of cocoa, raisin, maple syrup, cinnamon, & perhaps some ginger. Very "spiced" like any holiday ale. Heavy caramel & some light anise, too. Taste is a little thinner than expected with notes of light toffee, anise, big date/plum flavor, ginger, & just a little bit of cinnamon & honey. A touch of cocoa powder in the finish with more ginger & toffee. Almost no carbonation; thin, lazy mouth feel.

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeremugohio (94) - springboro, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2013
Taste is cloves, pine and nutmeg. Minor bitterness on the tongue and finish of warm light cinnamon. Decent beer, but not my favorite dark horse.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niall73 (2427) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2013
Tap at Fermenteren, Cooenhagen. Pours a dark brown/black with a creamy tan head. The spices come through in the aroma - cinnamon, cloves. Medium to full body, medium carbonation. Cloves come through as the main spice, though there's a peppery boozy warmth too. A little candy, some choc. OK, but not really my thing. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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