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RATINGS: 228   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 22   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Combines premium malt with aromatic specialty hops. Brewed with our special yeast, this beer has a vanilla like finish. A robust ale. Pair it with holiday meals.

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3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pootzboy (1695) - Hopville, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 5, 2012
Bottle: pours a deep clear amber color with a small 1 finger white cap. Moderate carbonation. Pleasant understated aroma of spice, malt and grassy hops. Medium-light body, rocky mouth feel, rounded spicy-malty character. Flavour is very pleasant with a wonderful balance of spice, malts and hops, clean lightly bitter finish. A top notch commercial spiced ale, inoffensive, approachable and well balanced

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
97hill (167) - - DEC 4, 2012
Second go at this one , tried last spring on a visit to Vancouver Island, today a can from LCBO looks great , nice choco beer aroma, the vanilla at the end is both unique and odd like not love , nice beer to switch it up overall pretty good, would love to try on tap

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hateball16 (105) - - DEC 4, 2012
Can. Appearance: Nice ruby colour with excellent clarity, large creamy light tan head, lasts reasonably well and leaves some nice lacing. Aroma: Very strong vanilla dominates, also some rum notes (actually the aroma can be well described as spiced rum). Faint hop aroma. Flavour: Quite sweet, not usually a big fan of sweetness, but this actually works for me with this beer. Not much else really, some nuttiness and toasted bread. Slight bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, medium body, a chewiness that I cant decide if I like or not. Short finish and not much of the warming aftertaste that I like in a winter beer. Overall: I could drink this again quite happily, but probably wont go out of my way to get it. Will try it on tap soon hopefully and maybe it will impress more.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ontbeertaster (2362) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 25, 2012
Tap, medium brown colour, aroma has lots of vanilla and flavour so as well. The taste was smooth and very drinkable, I did enjoy this one

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pictoman (1024) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 22, 2012
Poured from the tap. Medium-Dark brown in colour with dissipating white head. Aromas of vanilla, nuts, and chocolate milk. Tastes of vanilla, mint, chocolate, and roasted malts. Light body, mild bitter finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerlfry (32) - - NOV 19, 2012
On tap at Gourmet Food & Wine Expo. Poured dark brown/black with thick white head. Aroma of vanilla, nuts and roast. Sweet, warm, nutty, caramel, vanilla taste. Long toasty finish.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheRatKing (122) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 14, 2012
From a growler. Pours a very nice burnt amber colour, short but creamy head. Aroma has a very pleasant sweetness to it, and almost like a faint nutmeg. Flavour is absolutely superb; a candy-like sweetness but not overpowering, toasty nuts, vanilla. I would drink this with a piece of fruitcake beside an open fire and consider myself well and truly ready to die happy. Superb.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gerbeer (3455) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 8, 2012
On tap. Pours a dark brown with light head. Aromas of malt and chocolate. Flavors of milk chocolate, vanilla, and roasted malt. Surprisingly nice.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
andrewturba (1190) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 3, 2012
Pours a brownish red colour with a nice big white head but if you look away you might miss it as it doesnt last long. Smells of chocolate mint tastes sweet, caramel, slightly burnt with light chocolate notes. Tasty from time to time. I hear it was better before molson/coors bought them up but I have nothing to compare it to. One of granvilles better beers.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BreWedge (518) - goose bay, Newfoundland, CANADA - OCT 28, 2012
On tap @ Churchills Ottawa. Pours a clear, deep chestnut brown, thin off-white head. Aroma is dark chocolate. Taste is like a Black Forest cake in a glass (semi-sweet chocolate, dark cherries, vanilla) and a little nuttiness on the back end. Very light body and mild/short bitter finish. Fascinating beer but definitely a dessert kind of beer, not for a session.


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