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RATINGS: 545   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Well, the temperature is dropping and the days are getting shorter. You know what that means dont you? Its time for our WINTER BREW A full-bodied, high-octane brew capped off with our use of cinnamon and mace. This beer will warm you all the way to your bones. Brewed only one day a year. We only bottle 4200 liters, 550 12 oz. cases, and a handful of kegs, so get it while you can.

Malt: 2 Row, Munich, Chocolate, Black, 30/37 Carastan, 70/80 Crystal, Spice, Cinnamon, Mace

Hops: Centennial, Golding

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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy101 (5359) - Newark, California, USA - MAR 16, 2006
This ale pours a dark brown color from a 12 oz bottle. Medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is caramel, chocolate, spicy and sweet. A medium bodied ale. Malts are caramel, toffee and chocolate. Hops are floral and earthy. Cinnamon and nutmeg with some brandy like qualities as well. Smooth taste. Flavors or roasted malt, gingerbread and smoke come out as this one warms. Nice X-mas beer. Warms the tummy and hides the alcohol well. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - FEB 26, 2006
Pours a kind hazy and dark reddish brown with an average size tan foamy head that left nice lacing and stuck around. Aroma of various holiday spices, sweet and malty, also picking up some chocolate and nuts in this one. The flavor was very nice. A roasty malt, along with some cocoa and then I was even picking up some of the hops as this one settled into my tongue. Not overly spicy and for 8.6% the alcohol was well hidden.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - FEB 25, 2006
Bottle from kp Thanks!

Pours a nice brown with a decent head and clinging lace. Aroma is nut and roast, with hints of chocolate. Flavor is a nutty barleywine, replete with chocolate and butter. Palate coats. A definite repeat.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - FEB 24, 2006
Aroma of fig, nutmeg, coffee, roasted malt. Appears a dark brown with mahogane edges and no head whatsoever. Flavor is chocoalte and an herb that Im unfamiliar with, but which I assume is mace; heavy roasted nuts, mildly salty, and nutty in the finish. Palate is medium-heavy. Overall, this is an interesting brew, though not exactly to my taste. It would go very nicely with a Thanksgiving dinner.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - FEB 19, 2006
1L bottle. 2005 ediiton. upon first tasting i realized that i thought this might be a little too sweet. spicy, rich, malty, and very sweet, it pours out pretty dark in color. after drinking a glass of it, the sweetness mellowed out and i was left with a pretty highly drinkable beer that i wanted to have more of. not bad, perhaps not worth the 14 dollars i paid for the 1L of it, but id certainly buy a small bottle again if i saw it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Delirium (659) - Falmouth, Cornwall, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2006 Draught. Pours dark brown with a small head. Very spicy aroma---cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, zest, with substantial sweet malt. Flavor is along the same lines, a heart winter warmer with a bit of a twist given by some hops and maybe anise? Surprisingly complex and well-balanced. Alcohol is unnoticeable except for providing a bit of warmth in the finish, and despite all the spice notes it doesnt seem over-spiced---the whole thing holds together very well. Its really unlike any other spiced beer Ive had. Highly recommended.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 8, 2006
Dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma is spicey, gingersnaps, toasted bread, cinamon, and carmel. Flavor is sweet with the gingersnap taste prominent. Some carmel notes in the finish. Good malt body with a slightly dry finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - FEB 6, 2006
Bottle courtesy of goldtwins in the six pack trade. Muddied brown/mahogany to light with decent tan head. Appears oily in the glass. Spice dominates aroma, what I would guess is mace? (smells like nutmeg to me) cinnamon, background has sweet and roasted malt notes with some fruit I cant pinpoint. Flavor again up front has tons of spice (almost warming in a way), with some chocolate and roasted grain through the middle. Some more fruit towards the finish, going to say orange zest, although it doesnt seem hoppy at all. Alcohol very well hidden. Very fine "winter" brew, even with all the spice seems very well rounded. Pleasantly surprised.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hippie4beer (162) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - FEB 5, 2006
Bottle. Thanks to JIMBOWOOD. Pours a deep brown color with a quick fade off white head. Aroma is very active with this one. Notes of chocolate, cinnamon, rasberries, orange zest, slight hints of raosty coffee. Flavor is strong of nutmeg, nicely spiced with a toasty warming finish. Very good trepresentation of the style. Drinkable.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JAN 31, 2006
12oz bottle 2005 edition via trade with kp - Thanks Keith! - Pours dark brown with a short tan head that fades pretty quick. Aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, chocolate, orange, and some cloves. Flavor is a nice blend of all of those same flavors with a little vanilla thrown in as well. Nice, complex and quite tasty for a winter brew.. Nice roasty and spice aftertaste that makes you come back for more. Palate is medium bodied and smooth to drink. It seems that everyone makes a winter brew these days and most are ho hum, but this one is very nice and was a pleasure to drink..


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