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RATINGS: 53   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3/5   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
notalush (5772) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 21, 2008
Tap at HDG - spice/herb/vegetable? - this is all weizenbock - dark mahogany brew, with minimal lace - aroma of red winter wheat, caramel, raisin - medium sweet, with dark fruits, light wheat tartness, and some bready/grainy notes - a bit of earthy flavor and orange zest - light notes of nuts and chocolate - nice.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hawksfan17 (890) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 9, 2011
Multiple spices in the aroma. Brown in color with little head. Nutty, spicy, cinnamon flavor. Smooth and feel the alcohol a little.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
murphym45 (769) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 12, 2010
Amber brown with off-white head. Nice spicy aroma with some cinnamon, nutmeg, and some malts. Medium bodied with some roasty notes and some hints of coffee that come out on the palate.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
williamherbert (1513) - Syracuse, New York, USA - OCT 17, 2009
Dark and glassy reddish brown appearance. Head only lasts a minute but leaves a film on top. Spicy cinnamon-like aroma over a dark cherry. Ale taste is a slightly more saccharine cherry. Cant tell if the balance will hold. Roasted malt coupled with a tart (too?-)sweet cherry/berry. Winter ale has that cinnamony spice which adds a dimension but doesnt make it more desirable. At least its balanced. Watery but a little thick. A tiny bitter bite at the end. Not my bag. Too sweet for a beer. Beer should be a little bitter. Not stomach-churning (high praise, i know). Just not my thing.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GRM (3852) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 16, 2009
Brown bottle, 355 ml, savoured on March 16 2009; eye: brown with a copperish hue, beige head that turns into a tiny ring, no effervescence, no lacing; nose: spices, ginger, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel; mouth: spices, clove, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, caramel malt, light hops, caramel, vanilla, finale in spices with a good presence of caramel malt, lightly bitter, rather sweet, medium body, sticky, average carbonation; overall: fine FRANAIS Bouteille brune, 355 ml, savoure le 16 mars 2009; il : brune avec une teinte cuivre, mousse beige qui se transforme en un petit anneau, pas deffervescence, pas de dentelle; nez : pices, gingembre, clou de girofle, cannelle, muscade, caramel; bouche : pices, clou de girofle, cannelle, gingembre, muscade, malt caramel, lger houblon, caramel, vanille, finale en pices avec une bonne prsence de malt caramel, lgrement amre, plutt sucre, corps moyen, collante, carbonatation moyenne; en rsum : bien

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (12868) - 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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUL 7, 2008
12oz bottle: Deep, deep brown pour with a wispy gray head. Spice additions are the name of the game with this beer with lots of cinnamon and nutmeg filling the Christmasy aroma. The body is a medium build, with a nice creamy carbonation. A chocolatey malt middle emerges to give support to the additive laden body. Finishes full and creamy, this is a nice example of the winter warmer style.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUN 20, 2008
12oz bottle. Pours a murky, amber-brown color light tan head with patchy, fine-bubbled lacing. Very solid spice presence in the aroma: cinnamon, nutmeg, plenty of xmas-like spices, with a solid nougat and dried dark fruit character underneath. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: milk chocolate, leather, pleasant spicing (again, cinnamon and christmas spices) creamy feel toasted vanilla and nougat very nice, drinkable stuff touch of roughness on the edges and mild presence of alcohol (just a touch) very pleasant, spice-based beer. Lengthy finish: milk chocolate, leather, and toasty spices.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUN 15, 2008
Bottle. An extra in a trade. Pours a dark brown body with tan head. Aroma is sweet malt, lactose, chocolate malt, and some abv. Flavor is Sweet malt and spiciness some cinnamon and ginger come up out of no where. A moderate warming with a crisp mouthfeel. Not bad.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
blipp (8511) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Haslinger (916) - The World of Beer, Texas, USA - MAY 22, 2008
Bottle from the variety pack. Decent head a little malt. Taste is malty biscuit with a hint of spice but not nearly as much as I was expecting from it. Not bad but it feels like it could use a little more honing. Good but not great might buy again. As advertised it seems like it would be a perfect beer for sitting next to a fire on a snowy winter night/


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