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RATINGS: 53   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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A strong ale with festive spices, this deep chestnut colored brew carries a hearty 8% abv. During the boil, the wort is infused with cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and other secret spices...resulting in a concoction that will warm the toes and invigorate the spirit. Pleasantly spicy when fresh, this ale will become more complex and mellow with age.

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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (18843) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 3, 2008
Draught at Hop Devil, NYC. Dark amber, offwhite head. Malty aroma, vinous notes, some cinnamon, fruity and with banana notes. Fruity flavor, roasted, candy, some banana, some chocolate.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (13667) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 1, 2007
A clear reddish brown ale with a thin light moka head. In aroma, similar to a Belgian Palm or an old english ale, with caramel malt and vinous notes. In mouth, a pleasantly fruity malt taste, good hopping, not floral but more European, vanilla and wood notes. Medium bodied.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 3, 2008
(Bottle) Pours a mahogany body with a small beige head. Aroma of licorice, roasted malt, caramel, and brown sugar. Flavor of roasted malt, dark fruit, cocoa, and some banana with a dry finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (12208) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2008
Sampled from growler courtesy of TomDecapolis. Poured a deeper ruby red color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of roast, christmas spices, spruce trees, and banana chips. Tastes of spices, roast, soem dark fruits, bananas, and chocolate.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 22, 2008
Tap at HDG Daze of the Devil. Very dark brown beer. Toasty chocolatey aroma with a bit of brown sugar and loads of banana as well. Flavour is very chewy and sweet. Spicy and wheaty with a chewy lingering sweet finish. Toasted sweet malts and light chocolate. Lingering spiciness and is quite well-balanced and tasty. A kiss of alcohol on the back.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
blipp (9001) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAY 29, 2008
Bottle. Pours ruby/brown with a thin beige head. Aroma is spicy, fruity and roasted, with notes of banana and caramel. Medium body. Flavor is more roast with smoke, coffee bean, and fruits and spices lying in the background. Very nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (7637) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 17, 2008
Bottle (12oz) shared with HogTownHarry & tupalev -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours a clear deep ruby-brown with a spare diminishing tan head. Aroma of toasty caramel malt, coffee, spices, nuts and alcohol -- surpisingly nice. Flavour: Wow, I was not expecting to like this very much but its quite interesting and tasty: Roasted malt, spices, coffee, dark fruit and hops -- lots going on here. Alcohol reasonably well hidden. Medium bodied, low carbonation (but it suits it). What a pleasant surprise this was, I really liked it.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (7628) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 5, 2004
Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is dark amber. Aroma is moderately malty (cookie, caramel, grain), with notes of allspice, clove, and brown/candy sugar. Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, heavily bitter, slightly husky. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, slightly metallic. I typically like these winter spiced beers, but this one has problems. Mostly adequate aroma I suppose (thanks primarily to spices, though), but some of the same problems as the Nut Brown with regards to cleanliness (poor water? poor malt extraction? dunno)...the aftertaste and mouthfeel make me cringe. Unbalanced (too much spice bitterness paired with the acidity, flimsy malt). Not a brewery I'm interested in exploring further, but I enjoyed giving it a shot.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 15, 2008
Bottle. Pours a nice dark brown with little tan head. Roasty aromas, some coffee, holiday spices. Pretty good

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kramer (6658) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2008
12 oz bottle, via BA beertruth. Pours a clear mahogany brown body with a small off-white fizzy head that faded to a wispy film quickly. The nose is quite spicy with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, and what almost seems like chili peppers. Some caramel, toasted, and and light roasted maltiness as well. The flavor is mostly an amalgam of spices, with cinnamon and nutmeg being the easiest to pick out. Finishes with a sort of perfumy taste that doesnt ring as particularly pleasant with me. The middle is more of a brown ale like beer with nuttiness, light coffee, and toasted malt. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slight stickiness on the finish and moderate fizzy carbonation. Overall, this was decent, but I think that it went a little to eclectic with the spicing.


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