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RATINGS: 551   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 don’t you? It’s 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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3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KajII (800) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - DEC 11, 2011
Bottle. The pour was a murky dark brown with an average sized (1-2 finger) head that was not around for long and only having fair lacing. The aroma was very mild of a toasted chocolate malt a very mild resin hop and a sweet doughy yeast with notes of allspice, cinnamon, toffee and dark fruit. The taste was moderately sweet and malty with a hint of toffee and some fruit at first then had the strong effect of spices take hold with a nice note of dark fruit and an alcohol warming sensation at the end. The flavor lasted only a short time while the taste of the dark fruit faded into the background of the spices. Mouthfeel was just a smidgen below medium in body and a tad watery in texture with a weak carbonation. Overall a Winter Ale with a nice dose of spices and a superb maltiness. A very drinkable brew even with the noticeably strong alcohol presence.


3.4
Block (2702) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAR 9, 2017
Backlog tick from the 2017 Chicago Beer Festival. Decent beer, average characteristics.

3.5
dfinney23 (3255) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 7, 2017
Missed drinking this during that one week Houston actually felt wintery which is too bad because this is a top notch winter ale. Nice spice blend over a hearty brew.

1.8
cheap (5799) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2017
Bottle, dark brown, sweeter volatile malty aroma. First taste is big & frikken rude and, as expected. I’m not sure what others find so festive about these heavily spiced brews. High octane is an underestimate of the dizzying power in this brew. Spice, mace and then cinnamon, I think; some messy sweet concoction. Large personality. Difficult, very difficult IMHO. In the spiced/herb/vegetable style, this is nothing compared to Bloom Brew Down The Hatch Hot and Battlefield Brew Works Scorpion Pepper Porter and as far as holiday brews, Ohio Brewing Jingle Bell Ale is much better.

3.9
dnstone (3386) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 15, 2017
Pours black in color with a nice off white head. Roast barely and fruity berry aroma and taste. Notes: Bottle from Bryce (Jan ’17).

3.4
thegreenrooster (4377) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 4, 2017
Pour is a dark porter brown with a large tan head. Aroma is some holiday spice but there is more of a roasted malt taking over. Flavor is a burnt malt with bit of sweetness and again the spices are very minor. This is definitely not a spiced winter warmer. This is more porter with a small spice addition to make it a little more interesting. I kind of wanted a little more spice.

3
LinusStick (3447) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2016
Decent winter beer. Aroma was all spices. Cinnamon and pine. Pour was a deep dark brown with a red hue. No head. Taste was thin and one dimensional. Spices were Big with a gingerbread finish. Not terrible but terribly predictable. Good carbonation

3.5
lownote (585) - Austin, Alabama, USA - NOV 25, 2016
Pours nearly black with little to no tan head. Clear with some red highlights against a light. Low aroma. Malt dominates. Flavor is spicy. Cinnamon, with something kind of smoke like. Looking at the recipe I assume that’s mace, but that doesn’t seem right. Some alcohol warmth. Very thin body. Drinkable if it wasn’t so big. The smoke thing kind of overpowers the malt.

3.7
Itzjerm (2811) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - NOV 14, 2016
This is a malt bomb. But enjoyable. Lots of grain cinnamon at first. A nice beer if you don't want a winter warmer. Thin fading head. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3
FROTHINGSLOSH (7697) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 15, 2016
Sampled on draft at Hough’s this beer poured a dark brown color with faint orange highlights and a medium sized foamy dark tan head that left good lacing. The aroma was sweetish with notes of nut and toffee followed by a bit of dark fruit. The flavor was nutty and woody with a hint of nutmeg. Medium length finish. Medium body. Alcohol well contained. Decent but I was disappointed.

3.5
oldrtybastrd (5002) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 5, 2016
Pours a reddish brown. Sweet caramel/roasty aroma. Roast malt/chocolate flavor with a touch of fruit and great hops.


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