RATINGS: 90   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.09/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
Black dogs's Winter Cheer ia a very hearty ale made from five different malts and three hop varieties. It has a deep copper color and its flavor balances the sweet malt with siginicant hop spiciness. The perfect beer to cheer up a winter's evening.

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FROTHINGSLOSH (8142) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2008
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a mahogany color with a very large dark tan head. The aroma was sweet, malty, lightly roasty and had undertones of chocolate and caramel. The flavor was bitter, malty and dry with touches of chocolate and coffee and a light nutty undertone. Subtly throughout were notes of tobacco and somewhat harsh hops. The finish was long, dry and malty. The mouthfeel was fairly thick. Complex and rather nice.

dpjuart (1112) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2008
Bottle courtesy of FoureyedGeek at Xmas tasting. Thanks, Eli, and I mean that with all of my heart. Pours black with fizzy, white head, dissipating to nothing. Nose is an obtrusive mess of taco flavorings, cumin and paprika, caramel and rotten eggshell, with hints of herbed turkey stuffing. Taste is like eating nachos and drinking a porter at the same time, with notes of salsa and cumin. I really dont know what to say about this one other than, blech. could have been a bad bottle, or two actually, but the flavors werent like anything Ive had in previously infected bottles.

jake65 (4000) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - DEC 8, 2008
Bottle. Pours a deep chestnut brown with a finger of creamy beige head. Nose is rather malty, a bit of caramel, and lightly hopped. Taste is rather mild of maltiness with a little roast and light floral hops. A decent amount of lingering bitters in the tail. Overall this one is worth taking home, but not keeping around.

beerguy101 (5364) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 3, 2008
Sampled on 12/3/2008. This amber ale pours a deep brown color from a 12oz bottle. Small sized white foamy head, decent lacing and good retention. The aroma is chocolate and caramel malts, slightly sweet. A medium bodied amber. The malts are caramel and chocolate, semi sweet. The hops are earthy and floral. Some winter ale spices. Nice balance. Good carbonation. This is a decent winter beer, not bad to sit and sip by the fire. I mean there are probably a 100 other beers I would prefer to have but I could stand to drink this one all night. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is crisp and dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2008
Pour is a deep mahogany with a strong off-white head. Nice lacing. Mild roasted malt character with prominent earthy hop flavor. Pretty good cold evening drinker.

Beershine (5253) - VANCOUVER, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 28, 2008
bottle @ Zeke’s. Lots of lacing on the plastic cup...dark brown color. Chestnut aroma. Slight sourness. Medium carbonation. Slight sourness in body too, with charcoal, some roasted nuts, hazelnut sweetness at the end.

Oakes (18756) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 27, 2008
Dark brown with a sizeable rocky light brown head. Chocolatey aroma, somewhat earthy nose with foresty hop accents. Chocolatey flavour with light earthiness. Thinnier, less interesting on the palate than on the nose.

sebletitje (10293) - Enghien, BELGIUM - NOV 27, 2008
Pours dark copper with tan head. Aroma is malty with light hoppy/spicy nose in the background. Taste, malty and fruity (cherry), with some spices and sugar. Aftertaste of light bitter hops with light malts, leaving a tingly feel on palate. Dark fruits are present but attenuated by the bitter hop finish.

zach8270 (4021) - Henrietta, New York, USA - NOV 21, 2008
(bottle - 12 oz) Ruby red pour with a puffy and lasting tan head. Aroma is slightly spicy with some sweet malts, caramel, pine, and a bit of floral hops. Flavor isn’t much when it comes to spice, which I thought it would be from the aroma. Some floral and peppery hops at the beginning with a lightly sweetened middle. Some caramel comes through in the middle and gives way to the lightly spicy hop finish. Aftertaste is a bit crisp and peppery. From the aroma, I thought there would be more spices.

BückDich (5477) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 21, 2008
Bottle: Pours a dark mahogany/ruby with a tan head, retentive and lots of lacing. The nose is lightly spicy with some caramel and a touch of herbal hops. The flavor is a bit of a let down with more of a dull caramel note without the ample hop backup a winter seasonal needs. A mediocre amber ale at best.

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