RATINGS: 359   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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3.5
DrinkEmUpJones (1069) - Georgia, USA - DEC 18, 2011
Clear red brown in color with off white lacing. Candied fruit aroma with distinct coffee bean on the palate. A fun expression of a Christmas beer. Maybe a little hyped though.

3
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 5, 2007
10-7-07 bottle (shared with lb4lb courtesy of DrBayern). Although this beer is made in my favorite city in the world - it just isn’t my favorite beer in the world. Ruby amber color with tan head. Hints of caramel and butter (yes, butter!) in the aroma. Decent carbonation - a bit on the high side. A bit bland and watery - but not the worst seasonal I’ve had. I think I rated this higher than I normally would just based on the brewery - but overall it really isn’t horrible for a spiced beer.

3.5
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 23, 2009
Bottle pours clear red color with off white head. Aroma has caramel malt and subtle spices. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor is more subtle malt and spice. Just an average brew.

3.8
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - JAN 19, 2009
22oz bomber from late 2008. Pours a deep ruddy brown with a medium tan head and decent clarity. The aroma is malty with a caramel toffee note. The flavor was surprising and delightful - lots of caramel. I don’t mean lots of caramel like big English barleywines. This tasted like a mix of caramel malts and toffee and a strong flavor of kettle caramelization. The almost buttery caramel notes are accented by vanilla. There is a soft level of balancing bitterness with hints of chocolate and more caramel and vanilla in the end. The chocolate and soft bitterness are the perfect balance to keep the beer from being cloying. The mouthfeel is rich and full - hearty like winter. Overall, a very pleasant recipe.

4
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - DEC 8, 2007
Bottle. Shared by a generous Ratebeerian at the PP Strong Ale Fest 07. Rich, rose colored shade of copper with an ivory head. Bourbon, spices and cigar aromas blend with sweet malts. Rather thin mouth feel with tons of vanilla. Malty sweet with cinnamon and spice notes.

2.4
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - APR 2, 2006
Thanks to JPDipso for sharing this. Pours a clear amber color, small white head. Aroma is baby powder, cinnamon lots of other spices lavender. Flavor is sweet, more lavender and spice, malty, not a lot of hops, strange candy sweetness.

3.9
nathan30533 (1020) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2009
Pours a clear brown/amber color with a white head. Smell of spice, unsure of what exactly, but very wonderful. Taste the light hops and malts. Great flavor, great brew.

4.1
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 25, 2012
Consumed on 1/8/11. This was the third installment of City Bev’s Freakin’ Firkin Friday. Had a pint at the store yesterday. Pours a hazy brown-tinted copper. A small off-white head caps it off. Faint lace sticks around. The nose is potent with strong notes of vanilla, nutmeg, toffee, toasted pecans. Fantastic nose. Extremely smooth, creamy mouthfeel, as was expected with the cask. Carbonation level is minimal. Perfect sipper. Flavor profile mirrors the nose somewhat with vanilla, cinnamon, sweet malts. The spices are more muted in this version of the beer, but this is still a splendid winter dessert brew. Perfect to sip on a crisp, cold evening.

3.3
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - DEC 4, 2007
Got this big ’ol bottle from Jimbowood sometime last year, I believe. Ever been inside the tinderbox? It’s a cigar shop that is found in malls throughout the country. Well, this stuff smells just like the inside of a tinderbox. Vanilla, malt and tobacco are on the nose, and the flavor tastes like a sweet vanilla cigar. Weird, but pretty good. I guess it’s fitting that a beer from North Carolina tastes like tobacco.

2.9
AR (1000) - Georgia, USA - MAY 20, 2011
Light aroma and a quickly dieing head. Carbonated beer with a spicy flavor of cherry soda and watermelon.


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