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RATINGS: 47   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 37   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Ah, the sudden Texas change from Summer to Winter. This might possibly be our favorite time of year. Pull on your hoodie and head to your local pub for something warming. This, our Winter seasonal, is a black ale spiced generously with cocoa nibs, orange peel, ginger, cardamom, allspice, nutmeg, and cinnamon. It truly is the holidays in a glass.

Medium bodied, this brew delivers a surprising amount of dark chocolate bitterness while the spices dance on your tongue providing a complex array of winter flavors. 8% ABV, please drink responsibly. Otherwise you might shoot your eye out!

Malts: Pale Vienna, Munich, Chocolate, Carafa, Crystal
Hops: Spalt, Hallertauer, Saphir
Extras: Ginger, Cocoa Nibs, Orange Peel, Cardamom, Allspice, Nutmeg, Cinnamon
O.G.: 18.5 plato

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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ben4321 (6018) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 3, 2013
Location: Draft at Hay Merchant, 12/3/13

Aroma: The aroma is full of Christmas spices, cinnamon, chocolate, etc.
Appearance: It pours a dark brown color with a decent tab head on it
Flavor: The taste is much the same, heavy on the spice, some cake, plenty of sweetness
Palate: The body is medium, it has a decent feel, and a long finish on the mouth
Overall Impression: I thought this was a pretty darn solid spice beer. Another really enjoyable offering from Karbach. This is pretty cool. Also, great name.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
brewballs (215) - USA - NOV 28, 2013
Good seasonal ale. Dark, espresso hue. Soft ,lacy head. Sugary notes. A bit spicy. Smooth washdown. Seems like it needs to hike up on the abv level. A pretty basic ale. Typically fall/winters need an extra kick that separates one brew from another. Yule needs to integrate something smokey or perhaps using more distinct spices to play on sweet and bitter flavors. Good but not great. Buy it. Say you did buy then keep shopping around for a better Christmas Ale.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Modularman (132) - - NOV 27, 2013
Aroma of spice, appearance is very dark with a light tan head, taste of spice, nutmeg, banana, toffee, nice holiday beer

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gruberm (329) - - NOV 24, 2013
Spices??? Plural? Or one. Lots of all spice in flavor and aroma. Otherwise an attractive dark brown leathery color. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RickTStiles (826) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 22, 2013
Pours black with a lasting tan head. Sweet spice aroma. Notes of banana bread. Taste is busy but lacks depth. Notes of mint, herbs and ginger. Finish is a bit dull with spices.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JHillAustin49 (69) - round rock, Texas, USA - NOV 18, 2013
Smells of light citrus and heavy cocoa with mixed spice. Pours a dark thick brown with thick tan head. Lazy carbonation. Taste of chocolate and orange. Leaves pallet dry and bitterweet.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (6522) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2013
Bottled, dark Worcestershire color with no head, spiced wine aroma, flavor is holiday spices, rum cake, raisins , nice finish

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (5009) - Michigan, USA - FEB 5, 2013
Got this in a trade with icetrauma, thanks man. 22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but was bottled recently. Pours fairly clear extremely dark reddish brown color with a nice 2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big caramel, chocolate, toffee, raisin, fig, toast, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, brown sugar, dark bread, light roast, and light herbal. Excellent aromas with great complexity, strength, and balance of malt/spice notes; very inviting. Taste of caramel, chocolate, toffee, raisin, fig, toast, dark bread, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, ginger, brown sugar, light roast, and herbal. Light spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, chocolate, dark fruit, toast, toffee, dark bread, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, nutmeg, light roast, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice flavor balance, complexity, and robustness; with a great malt/spice balance; and minimal cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy and fairly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent winter warmer style! Great balance and robustness of flavors and spices; and extremely smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jbeatty (1245) - New York, USA - JAN 21, 2013
Bottle, reviewed from notes, tasted 12/24/2012. Dark muddy brown pour, creamy tan head. Aroma of vanilla, milk chocolate, cinnamon and holiday spices, moderate sweetness. Taste is cinnamon, nutmeg, earthy spices, roasted malts with light chocolate notes, mild bitterness. Medium thick palate, easy to drink. Decent, straightforward holiday brew.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (16222) - Dublin, California, USA - JAN 3, 2013
Brown in color with a khaki head. Subtle banana on the nose along with the expected nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, ginger, and allspice notes. Hints of chocolate, toasted bread, and light roasted malt character. Nice spiciness to the flavor, too. Semi-sweet malt character. Molasses, toast, chocolate, and light roast. A hint of fruit, particularly banana, and a touch of chalk.


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