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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Ughsmash (7502) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 29, 2007
Bottled. Poured a clear, deep garnety-copper with a creamy cap of beige head and sticky lacing. The aroma was nice and hoppy, with pine and herbal notes on top of caramel, chocolate, and coffee.. sweet, warm, and seemingly well-balanced. The flavor had caramel, chocolate, and nutty notes at the core with dry coffee bitterness, a little fruit showed at the end, and this was quite well-balanced. Medium-bodied and a little grainy on the palate.. warm, toasty finish. Very good stuff!

cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2007
Dark amber color with an inch thick light tan head and heavy lacing. Smooth feel with a medium malt body, quick bitterness. Pleasant aroma of caramel and sweet fermented red grapes. The malty, fruity aroma is backed with some floral hops. Flavor is spicy and flowery with caramel malt and a taste of fresh rolls. Moderate hop flavor and bitterness along with a sprinkling of dark fruits.

vyvvy (6834) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 29, 2007
Pours deep mahogany with a bronze tint when held to the light and has a beige head. The aroma has toasted malt, some butter, caramel, butterscotch, cream, dark maltiness and diacetyl. Medium smooth body with some tinniness and very sharp carbonation. The flavor starts out metallic with dark malt and phenolic spiciness. The finish is quite astringent. A fair beer at best.

argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 28, 2007
(12oz bottle) Small tan head atop crystal clear copper body. Aroma is medium sweet, nut, caramel, some earthy/spicy, chocolate. Taste is medium sweet, spicy/earthy, nutty, some tea, caramel, light roast, chocolate. Light-medium body.

blipp (9899) - La Mesa, California, USA - DEC 27, 2007
Bottle. Appearance: Dark Amber, thick beige head. Aroma: Spicy, malty, nutty, some faint chocolate, light citrusy hops. Palate: Medium. Flavor: Nutty and spicy with just a hint of chocolate and caramel. Just enough hops to balance it out. Overall: I was quite surprised to see this wasn’t rated a little bit higher. Not the best beer in the world but very tasty and drinkable.

michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2007
12oz. Bottle: Sweet aroma. Smells of chocolate, bubblegum, grapefruit hops, nuts, and light spices. Poured dark brown in color with a small beige head that lasted throughout. Clear. Lightly sparkling. Flavor of chocolate, bubblegum, citrus hops, and nuts. Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Sweet finish.

wcampbell (721) - Clemson, South Carolina, USA - DEC 23, 2007
Decent, It doesn’t remind me of a winter beer at all though. Not very malty or sweet. The hops add a peppery taste. Slightly bitter finish. Very drinkable.

kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 23, 2007
Name: Winter Cheer
Date: 12/22/2007
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party

clear dark brown, fine beige head, streaks of drippy lace, sweet chocolate aroma with a touch of spicyness, rich dry chocolate flavor, touch of caramel sweetness is quickly balanced with a spicy character, growing lingering bitter finish rises out of the spices,

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Rating: 3/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *4

CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 22, 2007
Pours a transparent dark copper amber with a spotty-lacing light tan head. Aroma of semi-sweet dark caramel with some earthy grapefruity hops. Body starts drier, earthy and bitter with a fairly full palate and a dry bittersweet finish. Has decent flavor and is still pretty drinkable, but not anything all to exciting.

jrob21 (3874) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 20, 2007
Noticeable roasted malt flavor gives it a hint of coffee. Pours a slightly opaque brown color with some red if you hold it up to the light. Slight caramel, syrup, and licorice aroma. Decent drink but not something to write home about.

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