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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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3.7
Drake (13637) - 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.

3.7
ZacM612 (699) - 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.

3.6
blutt59 (6562) - 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

3.6
TXBadger (2811) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 11, 2015
Pours a clear darker brown color with off-white, dark ivory colored head. Nuts, spice, caramel, and toasted malt on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with spice and sweetness.

3.5
bleeng (1681) - Seattle still not near Beersel., Washington, USA - NOV 4, 2011
Draft at the Queen Vic Houston TX. Black with a small tan head. Nose is smoky with some spicuness. Tasts is very spicy with a some smokiness and some sweetness. Interesting and pretty good.

3.5
rougeau13 (2954) - Richmond, Texas, USA - NOV 16, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2015 Dark brown, clear, with a big, lasting, thickly lacing beige head. Aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, toasted malt and pine with a hint of cocoa. Taste is toasty sweet malts, mild bitterness, and moderate Christmas spice. Medium bodied. I’d swear they’ve beefed this up since 2011. Original rating on 11/16/11 - 8/4/6/3/13=3.4.

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.

3.5
dfinney23 (3246) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 7, 2012
Have a couple bottles in the fridge too but this one was freshly tapped @ Porch Swing. Lots of spices but damned if I can name the predominant one.

3.5
brokensail (16432) - 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.

3.5
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.


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