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RATINGS: 409   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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2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Frank (4047) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 14, 2016
This is a strong malty spiced ale with a weird sweaty note from either one of the spices or autolysis. It is dark brown and pretty much headless. This is decidedly on the heavy side and low carbonation makes it seem lifeless and a bit slimy. This is just not a great beer overall. Im not into it.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kassner (1553) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 11, 2016
OK but not great. A little things overall. Caramel and sweet. Brown color and no head

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tmoreau (3848) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2016
On tap at Ellyns Tap & Grill in Glen Ellyn, IL., and full sampler served, displaying a bright & clear, darkest brown color, with ruby highlighting, a fluffy layer of tan head foam, and frothy spray as lacing. The nose was toasted, moderately roasted, with a touch of caramel sweetness, and holiday spices that highlighted ginger, clove, & nutmeg to me. The taste was as a dark, holiday loaf, with maybe a hint of dark fruit, slightly earthy & herbal bitterness, spices toward the back, in a medium body, with average carbonation. Decently warming.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
fidelis83 (2270) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - FEB 1, 2016
Dark brown pour with a one finger, creamy tan head. Aroma is allspice heavy pie spice, cooked apple, toasty cinnamon, dark caramel, crusty bread, nutty notes and earthy hops. Flavor is cinnamon, allspice, roast, chocolate, cooked apple and plum, potpourri floral notes, nutty, woody and pine notes. Medium body, slightly syrupy feel, heavy and sharp carbonation. Pretty good overall, but way over carbonated.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jsporrer (806) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2016
Poured from a bottle. Pours a dark brown with a thin tan ring. Looks like Coke. Sweet winter spice aroma with some dark fruits. Fairly smooth with hints of figs, nutmeg, & cinnamon. Flavor isnt too bold and doesnt linger very long. Has a warm dry finish with emphasis on the cinnamon. OK but not great.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
screigh (678) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 7, 2016
Pours almost black. Large Brown head with some lacing. Spicy aroma. Spicy flavor. A bit of dark chocolate bitterness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmohno (1543) - Iowa, USA - JAN 2, 2016
Dark with slight red hue. Light head. Aroma is brown sugar caramel, and light spices. Slight chocolate maybe a slight/faint roast. Taste is smooth with some mild malty smoothness and some blended dark malts, dark fruits, and dark chocolate character. Spices are somewhat subdued, which I like, and this seems on the lines of a porter/ strong ale almost as well.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Luvystypotables (1733) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 31, 2015
Aroma of all spice and gingerbread pours a dark brown color without a head. Taste like gingerbread cookies with a hint of rum. Watery feel with a mild rum finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
freekyp (1980) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 30, 2015
Pours deep brown with a single finger off-white head. The aroma is spicy and molasses-ridden at the same time, Sweet Moravian cookie-like taste with some winter spices mixed in. Robust and thick, it stops just short of cloying.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Wallaby501 (35) - - DEC 28, 2015
This gets really high marks but Im not sure why. Opposite some reviewers I found that the cinnamon and other spices overpower the beer itself and leave me thinking I drank a beer that was just heavily spiced with cinnamon. It is an interesting beer but honestly a little more restraint on the adjuncts would help in my opinion.


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