RATINGS: 47   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
A new brown ale on steroids! Kissed with hints of cinnamon, spice and oranges to warm those cold winter nights.

Grains: Pale, Crystal, Munich, Brown, Vienna, Chocolate
Hops: Ahtanum

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (14868) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 20, 2007
Draft at Belmont Station. Aroma of roasted malt and coffee. Dark brown color with a lightly lacing beige/tan head. Full bodied with creamy carbonation. Somehow the whole flavor thing turns into coffee. Lots of coffee. Maybe a bit of chocolate. Definitely roasted/toasted malt, but the coffee rules. Something like a strongly coffee brown ale? Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (14352) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 23, 2008
Bomber poured a clear tarnished copper with a small lingering amber head. Aromnas of carmel, cocoa, light toffee and hints of fruittiness and spiuce. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, bakers cocoa, light toffee and hints of fruittiness and spiuce with a smooth lightly dry lightly bitter cocoa finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopdog (12083) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2008
22oz bottle. Poured a deeper and cloudy amberish color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of toasted malts, some chocolate, christmas spices, and citrus. Tastes of caramel, spices, chocolate, citrus, and roast.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (9299) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 27, 2009
22oz bottle, purchased in Portland 12/2008. Clear bourbon brown colored body, little to no head. Nose: buttery caramel malt, oily nuts, olive oil, little to no hop aromatics, minimal spice/cinnamon noticed. Orange gets lost. Crystal, munich, vienna and brown malt are pretty much this entire beer - little to no chocolate malt presence. Body is medium to light up front, mildly frothy over the middle, dissipates quickly in the finish - leaves the mouth with a stale/ashy paper flavor (slight oxidation). Some medium hop bitterness and some orange and cinnamon flavors actually show up across the middle - makes it more interesting that a straight crystal/munich/vienna double-brown malt-bomb. Peppery and zesty, light citrus bite works well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (7939) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 25, 2007
22. Pours opaque grainy dark brown, very very close to black. No real highlights. Even in a well-lit room, I suppose I am not honestly sure how I can tell its not quite black. Thick, sudsy, moussy tan head that falls quickly to a thick ring of foam. Dense, webby but scattered lace. Roasty, somewhat charred spicy nose. This burned thing is obviously a bit of a risk to face with brewing the S/H/V holiday beers. Medium, slightly chalky body, decent and active carb. Spicy, peppery mid-palate, with pie spices and roast and white pepper notes afoot. Sticky, clinging spice notes on the finish. Definitely one of the better efforts from LB, despite that burned note in the nose.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - DEC 19, 2008
Clear copper with a tan head. Light roasted malt aroma with some gingerbread spices. Medium body. Light spices and fruit in the flavor riding a nutty roasty malt base brew. Not too bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2008
Bottle: Deep ruby, large frothy beige head, spotty lacing.   Heavy toasted malt nose, good dose of cocoa and spruce.   Malty start, toasty, much like a robust brown ale.   Not as spicy as I thought it would be.   Comes across as a light Porter, or a hefty Brown Ale.   Toasty on the tongue, not bitter, low hop bitterness.   Some cocoa aspects, but the Spruce character is not there.   Does not seem that spiced to me.   Come across as your average brown, maybe a bit heftier.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   So what is this beer?   Its a fairly smooth, low bitterness Brown Ale.   More spices on the nose than on the tongue.   Not sure what makes this a Winter Beer... but whatever.   Decent, but a little bit of letdown for a special seasonal.   Where are the spices?!?!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
riversideAK (6260) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2008
Aroma of toast, light roast, chocolate, earth, and a touch of spice. Pours a dark orange amber color with a nice foamy head. The flavors has aspects of caramel, toast, roast, chocolate, some earthy bitterness and some moderate sweetness. The finish is somewhat earthy and dry.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
JK (6042) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - FEB 17, 2008
Interesting beer. A light brown color. Sweet potato in the aroma. Some cinnamon flavor, as well as cloves and very light orange/citrus. Unfortunately it is entirely too light, the flavors and aromas are not there in enough strength.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Skyview (5866) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - FEB 13, 2008
Received a 22-oz bomber via trade with Andr, pours a clear dark copper brew with a thick off-white head that slowly dissipates and has a good retention and spotty lacing. Aroma of roasted multi-grain malt, some fruity presence of apples, pears and dark pitted fruits, a touch of roasted nuts and some Bakers semi-sweet chocolate. Taste is medium bodied, some carbonation with flavors of caramel malt, earthy herbs, a touch of chocolate and some clove. Finish has a mild bitterness along with an aftertaste of caramel malt, roasted nuts and a touch of chocolate. A very complex Holiday beer.

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