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RATINGS: 60   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Our winter seasonal is a nod to the classic altbiers of Dusseldorf. A full, toasty malt profile is countered by generous additions of German Hops. Well balanced but assertively hopped, this complex but approachable beer is ideal for shaking off the chill of winter.

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2.9
bkurtz (1159) - LITHUANIA - MAR 6, 2015
Bottle - Pours a clear copper with an head with large bubbles. Aromas of caramel and nuts. Sweet malt taste, somewhat astringent aftertaste. Average at best.

3.1
ganache (6113) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 7, 2015
Bottle. Nose is nice and dark, some roasty character but more dark bread crusts a la crispy Munich. Very gentle yeast and hop character. Pours opaque dark brown-red, sort of a muddy amber at this point, with a short soapy beige head. Taste semi-dry, all malt all the time with a bready finish and slightly scorched crusts throughout. Some honeyish sweetness which I find disagreeable, light floral/earth/wood from the hops and a touch of neutral yeast. Light bitterness. Doughy, spicy character and a little overdone brothy melanoidin buildup. Full body, smooth, but doesn’t have enough carbonation to bite through the muddle. Fine as a sipper. I’m guessing the name ("Secret Spot") is a reference to Sticke?

3.2
BeerdedDave (2041) - Beckley, USA - JAN 11, 2015
on tap at Red Owl in Philadelphia; dark, copper color; mild, bready malt aroma; fruity, bitter, spicy flavor; bready malt with caramel notes

3.3
voyageurmike (523) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2014
Bottle. Dark copper with slight white head, medium carbonation and body. Caramel malt flavor with mild hops edge, long finish. A decent but not exceptional beer.

2.9
nimbleprop (9048) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 22, 2014
12oz glass at Big Hunt DC pours a clear copper with some tight, white head. Nose has mostly sweetness, toffee, cracker, bread, slightly metallic. Flavor follows right along, malty sweetness, caramel, mild spice, mild yeast. Drank a bit fuller than the abv let on.

3.4
Beerathon (1680) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2014
This beer deserves better than a 60 rating. Mahogany in color with thin white head. Nose of malts and mild spices. Flavor profiles lends to toasted and semi-sweet malts and a nice hop counterbalance. Decent.

3.3
DCLawyer (2949) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2014
Bottle->mini kolsch. Copper/brown with moderate lite tan head. A: malt, caramel, spice, brown sugar. T: caramel malt, nuts, earthy hops. Bittersweet. Decent.

3.2
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 5, 2014
12oz bottle. Clear copper body with small off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, caramel, some bread, light spicy, toffee. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel/toffee, light bread, spicy. Light-medium body, light stickiness.

3.1
alobar (3994) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2014
Pours a dark copper color with minimal head. Aroma of plums, spice, and hops. Plums and toasted malt flavor with a slight hop bite at the back end. Overall, a very nice beer.

3.2
NikkTwist (3465) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2014
Draft at Khyber Pass. Slightly hazy dark copper pour. Minimal head. Nice complicated dark plums. Nice spicy finish. Recommend above other Winter Ales.


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