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RATINGS: 48   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   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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3.5
Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - NOV 20, 2011
On tap at the Petrol Station in Houston.

The beer pours a dark brown color with an off-white head. The aroma is full of Christmas spices, with quite a bit of cinnamon and some caramel and toffee malt. The aroma is very spicy overall and also has a little bit of alcohol mixed in.

The flavor follows suit. I get a lot of cinnamon and caramel malt, as well as a little bit of nutmeg. There is also some nice raisin notes in the flavor, as well as some other dark fruit such as cherries. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

4.2
superspak (6094) - Waterford, 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.

3.4
mar (5445) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2011
growler thanks to mora2000. black with a cream head. nose is spices, clove, gum drops, pine, and christmas. chewy palate, flavor is full of holiday spices, light yeast, and a spiced gum drop finish.

3.4
ads135 (5053) - 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
travita (5008) - 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.

3.3
jkwalking05 (4745) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 22, 2013
On tap at WOB in Katy, TX. Brown with a decent beige head. Aroma is of cinnamon, nutmeg, toffee, earth, and ginger. Taste is of toffee, light cocoa, cinnamon, ginger, and other spices.

3.5
jsquire (4622) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2017
Cola colored beer with a sticky beige head that foamed pretty aggressively when I poured it out of the can. Light spice nose. Lots of caramel and brown sugar sweetness with some cinnamon, nutmeg and other holiday spices. Dusty spice finish. Nice seasonal.

3.5
BelgianBeerGal (4174) - 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
dnstone (3589) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - NOV 9, 2012
Pours a murky amber-brown with nice tan-off-white head. Aroma is fresh, spiced, caramel, and bread crust. Spicey and balanced taste with roasted edges. The is a perfect holiday beer to me, really captures flavors that go with the season.

3.8
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Bottle. Pours a beautiful mahogany with a nose of cinammon, speamint, and light grass. Flavor is cinammon, cocoa, light vanilla, spearmint, and sugar. Lingers on the tongue. Nice beer. Must be Italian.


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