RATINGS: 366   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Our ever-changing spiced winter seasonal. A tasty brew that complements all your holiday festivities. It is typically malty in body, lightly hopped, and rounded out with spices that we vary from year to year.

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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shigadeyo (3708) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 29, 2007
Date: 4/28/2007
Event: DarkLord Day 2007
Location: Evening tasting in jquires room at the Hampton Inn. Thank you for hosting Jeff!
Serving: Sampled from a 1 liter flip-top bottle.

Tasting Notes
Aroma: Caramel and vanilla cookies.
Appearance: Clear burgundy color.
Flavor: Subtle roasted malt quality with some fruit/berries, vanilla, and delicate Winter spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, etc.).
Palate: Medium-full body. Good mouthfeel; smooth..
Overall: This is a very mild and easy to drink Winter Ale. It sure would be nice to sit down with a liter of this tasty brew on a cold Winter day! Maybe I can talk Ross into sending me one this holiday season...

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TaktikMTL (7585) - Montral, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 8, 2007
Verre de dgustation, provenant dune bouteille de 1 l avec bouchon de cramique, dgust lors de la soire "La croise des chemins" chez Cathshlag. Arme: Forte prsence dpices (canelle et muscade entre autre). Apparence: La couleur est ambre rougtre. Prsence dun mince col mousseux sur le verre. Saveur: Got de caramel au beurre et dpices avec une pointe de fruit. Dure moyenne de larrire got. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture lgrement huileuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Prsence dpices en arrire got. (Rating #1018)

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 7, 2007
Clear ruby body topped by a very small white head. Syrupy body with sweet cherries swimming in a brown-sugar cake. Herbal notes adds to an otherwise rather simple sweet beer. While drinking it I knew my taste buds were in familiar territories but I just couldnt put my finger on it. Then a friend came to the rescue. Dr Pepper. Yes, thats it. Overall I wasnt too found of this Dr Pepper flavoured-beer although I actually like Dr Pepper. I also like milk but

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IrishBoy (4177) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 6, 2007
Bottle from Ross; nose of sweet caramel and vanilla; rusty red with a small straw head; sweet and spicy with some caramel malt, fruitiness, and a tiny bit of hops. A decent Christmas ale!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (9729) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 6, 2007
My Bottom Line:
Caramel and vanilla cookies cherish the cherries, delicate roastiness and dessert spiciness which garnish them. This is a valiant spicy ale for sweet teeth.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam surrounds the clear burgundy.
-Spicy, herbal hoppiness finishes alongside clovey amusement.
-The chosen spices are well integrated.
-Even though its on the sweet side of things, it remains a fine winter warmer to accompany a meal.

Bottle.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 5, 2007
Bottle: Garnet in color, fairly dark, moderate foamy beige head, falls quickly leaving spotty lacing.   Heavy carob aroma, that fake chocolate stuff from the 80s, as well as some butterscotch.   Some bready malts in there as well, but also a slight touch of vegetable.   Chocolate malt, as in the old fashion shakes, on the tongue, moderate sweetness.   Hints of molasses and Earl Gray tea as well.   Falls off somewhat quickly.   Little to no hop presense.   Definitely a malt oriented brew.   Moderate body and mouthfeel.   Take some golden grahams and cocoa pebbles, put them in a bowl with milk... let sit for 20 minutes and then remove the cereal... what you have left is what lingers, milky sludge smarmied with the dressings of breakfast cereal.   Certainly an interesting brew, and spiced in a way I would have never imagined.   Decent, interesting, but not sure I would entertain this one again.   However, it is unique.   Thanks Jim for this one!


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nolankowal (938) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 26, 2007
Bottle shared by bdburdman. Crimson pour with a white head. Aroma of malt and light vanilla, and some yeast. Flavor of coconut, vanilla, and some sweet malt. Medium bodied. Not bad.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - APR 24, 2007
From a 22 oz. bomber bottle with no bottling/freshness date, stored at cellar temperature and allowed to warm up a bit before sampling in a nonic glass. Poured a reddish auburn with a foamy, bubbly head that settled into a thin sudsy lacing, minimal amount of sticking. Aromas of red cherries and berries, butterscotch, vanilla, cocoa powder, sugar cookies and a very light amount of holiday spices. Good, even moderate carbonation and a crisp, dryish, silky smooth medium bodied mouthfeel. Good holiday/winter warmer taste, sugar cookies, butterscotch toffee, a light cocoa, a nice fruitiness, berries and apricots, winter holiday spiciness, the alcohol is barely noticeable, a lemon tea-like soft bitterness towards the end, and a dry spicy, fruity, malty finish. A tasty seasonal from Highland, easy drinkability on a rainy spring day, very enjoyable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - APR 23, 2007
Aroma of spice filled ,fruit laced malt, touches of chocoalte in the finish, that slight cinnimmon,nutmeg tinged taste dominates flavor, hints of dry raspberry ,with a slight fruity grainey finish,light medium body,not exactly a winter warmer,but an eay pleasant sipper

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cybercat (5562) - Georgia, USA - APR 22, 2007
Poured, it has a lovely dark brown color with a nice thick head. Aroma is spicy with a strong hint of cinnamon. The pleasant, zingy taste is malty with spice hints and very little bitterness. It goes down smoothly and is very satisfying. This holiday beer is a delight any time of the year, good by itself or as an accompaniment to a light meal.


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