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RATINGS: 46   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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1.3
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
rdenney18 (109) - Lawton, Iowa, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Pint at ginger man. Very dark beer. Not very good. Tastes like coffee probably wouldnt get again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
BelgianBeerGal (3932) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2016
Half draft at Riverwalk Yard House. Dark brown pour with amber highlights. A little nutmeg and chocolate in the aroma. Flavor is really nice with some spice, dark toasted malt and a little citrus peel. Tasty for winter.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ZacM612 (621) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - DEC 18, 2016
Dark brown with a tan, lacing head. Aroma of cocoa and spices. Dark chocolate, nutmeg, cinnamon. Nice festive winter ale.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Andrew196 (1623) - Katy, Texas, USA - DEC 17, 2016
Can to shaker - pours a dark cola color, massive, coarse and stable beige head. Aroma of spiced pumpkin bread, nutmeg and cinnamon. Caramel and toasty malt hit hard at first.... Medium bodied... Spice kicks in next along with some slightly chalky cocoa. Strange, almost metallic bitterness hurts an otherwise good beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ttoadee (1335) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2016
Deep dark brown pour, thin tan head. Nose is dark fruit, hint of gingerbread. Bittersweet. Middle is mild alcohol, some spice, short coco, hint of licorice. Finish is bittersweet, hint like a desert wine.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (13148) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 17, 2016
12 ounce can thanks to Secret Santa crajun! Dark brown, large frothy tan head, good retention. Aroma of chocolate, roast, orange, nutmeg, cinnamon. The taste is chocolate, orange, spice, cinnamon. Medium bodied, low carbonation. Nice.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ads135 (4319) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 16, 2016
A really good Christmas beer, courtesy of Emma in 2015. Pours black with a very thick spicy character. Lots of nutmeg, cinnamon, and pepper.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
AndresTM (434) - Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2016
Cinnamon-spiced cereals, nutmeg, allspice, fruit cake, spruce needles, and floral hops. Some caramelized sugar comes through as well, but not much. On the tongue it is spicy bitter with some malty sweetness. Theres a harsh, overspiced inkiness towards the back. The alcohol is not much perceived, but it does add to the inkiness. Moderate carbonation and a medium body. A bit lacking in balance.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drsordr (2489) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2016
Can pour dark cola brown with large tan head. Nose ginger, sweet malt, light spice, almost peppery, hint of caramel. Taste similar to nose but not as strong. Flavors seem muted compared to the nose.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
travita (4924) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2015
Can. The look is dark, brownish black in color, cola look. The smell is heavily spiced, fruitcake, nuts. Lots of Christmas traditions wapped up in it, but maybe tries to be too much and is too much for me. Too heavy on the spice and stuff.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
dlihcsnatas (668) - Texas, USA - DEC 24, 2015
Black brew with nice thick tan head that smells of cinnamon and allspice. Was really wanting to love this brew due to the references to the movie but I just couldnt. Too much went into this making it a mashed up overload of every Christmas spice there is. It is still a decent beer but too much for my palate to handle. Of course with the 8%, by the fourth one I may be liking it much more. Expensive four pack cans so only planning to enjoy these and that is it for this year.


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