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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Panzuriel (2125) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2007
Rich Nut Brown colored liquid with a thick beige foam. Nose is very malty and richly nutty. Taste is dry and a rich nutty flavor. body is full and round. Good bitters on finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
morrdt (715) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - DEC 19, 2007
Six pack picked up at Publix here in Jacksonvile, FL. I watched this six pack for a week or two, and decided on Sunday it was time to give it a good home. Beer pours a very dark amber color, nearly brown with a lasting light tan head. Aroma is a nice, hearty malt. Taste is rich and malted, with a nice hoppy finish that isnt too sharp, just enough to let you know the beer is good. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 18, 2007
THOUGHTS: Very easy to drink. It was nice, just not what I think of as a winter beer. To me, Autumn is just fine for this one. Very well balanced. Got even better when warmer. A really nice beer. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, dark brownish red with a small, off-white head that mostly diminished and left virtually no lacing. It looked very cola like. The aroma was light to moderate chocolate and mild coffee along with moderate pine and citrus hops. The initial flavor was moderately sweet and lightly bitter, while the finish was moderately sweet and bitter with and average duration. The flavor was caramel malt into piney hops with a slight bit of chocolate and coffee. The medium body was oily with fizzy carbonation and a slightly metallic and lightly astringent finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 16, 2007
Bottle. Poured a dark ruddy brown with a substantial frothy light beige head. Aroma of pine and orange hops above dark caramel/toffee malts, with some butterscotch coming up after a bit. Toasty caramel to toffee malt flavor backed up by earthy and piney hops with a bit of a citrusy zing. Full bodied. Definitely enjoyable winter specialty, though Im intrigued by the label listing the S.P. Brewery as being founded in Bozeman, MT, with an address of Lacrosse, WI, but listed here under the aegis of Flying Dog of Denver, CO. Sounds like a contract brewing clusterf--k.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SSSteve (4006) - - DEC 14, 2007
deep garnet with a small beige/tan head. aroma of flowery hops, alcohol, and some oranges. flavor has some dry dark chocolat,bitter coffee, and graham crackers, with plenty of hops. surprisingly nice.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
DerBiermeister (586) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - DEC 14, 2007
Good, actually surprised its by flying dog, but with the slightly stronger ABV. Good, though not as good as the other Black Dog or the raspberry one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Pailhead (6539) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - DEC 12, 2007
Bottle: The aroma has some light roastiness, faint citrus hops, and caramel. It pours a dark garnet and has transparency when held to the light. The beige head is small and quickly fades to a thin film very quickly leaving behind minimal spotty lacing. The flavor starts roasty with a moderate grain presence. There is some faint caramel in the background. It finishes with a burnt grain, herbal bitterness, and faint spice. Light-medium bodied with lively carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 10, 2007
In the bottle at the 2007 Crescent Moon Holiday Beer Tasting. Has a HUGE nutty aroma of grape nuts! Some hoppy pine aromas. Thin in body with a mild tartness. A lingering bitterness remains on the tongue.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JonnyC22 (164) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - NOV 30, 2007
Cant believe this one snuck past the Alabama ABC at 6.3%. Nice roasty malt flavor with some fruity overtones. Bitter aftertaste. Got to keep drinking before you get to the baking powder, fat tongue level at about two minutes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
biggmike (480) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - NOV 29, 2007
Pours a dark brown color with a nice frothy off-white head. Aroma is quite spicy and hoppy. Taste is hoppy and malty; a bit like a watered-down English IPA. Mouthfeel is a bit thin. Nice lacing on glass. Overall, not a bad beer, very drinkable, but it just seems like the characteristics are lacking some cohesiveness.

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