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RATINGS: 423   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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3.1
evanlarkin (307) - Northfield, Minnesota, USA - OCT 4, 2013
I honestly still haven’t figured out what a winter warmer is supposed to be. Pours a muddy brown with a finger of head. wtf? Smells like spices. Nutmeg, cinnamon a little, and a bit of spicy hops. Almost curry-like. wtf? Taste is a little bread, some nutmeg again, more nutmeg, and a bit of vegetable flavor. Um. wtf? Finish is surprisingly clean. wtf?


3.4
bwy (83) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 18, 2017
For such a high alcohol content the weight is surprisingly light. Review at: https://youtu.be/kst4hj1lSec?list=PL2I6nU36z3

3.8
williamherbert (1541) - Syracuse, New York, USA - MAR 15, 2017
Color is deep, opaque red-brown, nearly black in the thick spots. No head or lace, really. Aroma is cola and cocoa. CInnamon and spices. Gets more "burnt" as it warms up a bit. Even a little musty, but that might be age. (It’s mid-March and I’m drinking an elf-themed beer.) The flavor is more cola, cinnamon, sugary caramel, molasses. Some ashtray. The feelis thick and chewy, but very smooth. This is a very pleasant beer, and at 8.75% it don’t treat you gentle.

3.5
Iznogud (3710) - CROATIA - MAR 8, 2017
Bottle, 355 ml from Beergium, shared with JFK10000, Max and Domagoj. Pours brown with small off-white head. Malty, caramel, spicy, clove, cinnamon, dried fruit. Moderate sweetness. Medium bodied.

4.4
Sissio (1620) - Orsenigo, ITALY - MAR 7, 2017
bottle @ home clear dark brown, minimal cappuccino brown head ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, "vin brulé", vanilla, cocoa beer version of vin brulè. Spicy warming with chocolate hint

3.7
SeniorZozo (1841) - Budapest, HUNGARY - FEB 20, 2017
@ Budapest, Csakajosor. // Big spices on the nose but glad they don’t over power the taste. Cinnamon, and general spices with some light roastiness. Solid brew.

3.8
Lore (2665) - Budapest, HUNGARY - FEB 12, 2017
brownish ruby colour, medium sized dense beige head; aroma of christmas spices like nutmeg, clove, maybe some cinnamon, too, some cocoa and herbal notes; taste is the same with syrupy sweetness and some sourish-dried fruity notes; good beer

3.8
LLaurin (468) - Motala, SWEDEN - FEB 4, 2017
Really nice colour dark reddish brown with foamy head in beige. Nose is sweet with spicy herbal notes. Taste rich malty and sweet. Agreeable overall.

3.2
monk191 (1959) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 22, 2017
An ok winter warmer. Pours a nice deep reddish black with a tan head. Smells great, cinnamon, ginger, dark fruit. Taste is very malty, with some cinnamon and ginger and a bit of marshmallow in the finish. Had on tap at the brewery. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
TeijoA (66) - Turku, FINLAND - JAN 21, 2017
35 cl bottle. Colour is black with a small off-white head. Aroma has that typical DH "base" of chocolate and dark malt, but with Christmas spices, cardamom and cloying sweetness at the forefront. Taste follows the same, but with a stronger presence from the chocolate with spices and sweetness. Quite full-bodied and low-carbonated. Not generally a big fan of spiced ales. Good stuff.

3.3
DrnkMcDermott (3096) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2017
2015 bottle, tasted 12/22/16. There is definitely a nice holiday spice nose from the cap to the pour. A whiff of phenol from aged malt, but it dissipates in a minute. The color is a deep brown, just a little light showing through. The head pours out tan and very thin, but stays in place for several minutes. If you noticed from the description: yes, this is pumpkin pie spice. But it lacks any oher pretensions of a "pumpkin pie" beer, and just lets the spices stand for themselves. The malt slips in just a little bit with a notes of brown sugar, and a slight suggestion of smoky peat. The bitterness as low, as befits a spicy beer like this. And the higher alcohol is barely noticed, and goes down quickly. I call this one for cheese trays, chips ’n’ dips, or dessert.


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