RATINGS: 93   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Inspired by Mexican hot chocolate.Telegraph Winter Ale warms even the coldest of nights with hints of cinnamon,allspice,and sweet ancho chilies.Using generous amounts of chocolate and caramel malts,we brew this beer in limited quantities as a special treat for our friends and families.Be sure to enjoy it cool,rather than cold to fully appreciate its complexity.

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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rlgk (18731) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 18, 2016
Draught at the brewery in Santa Barbara, California. Deep amber beer with a rich lasting beige head. Fruity spicy flavor, caramel, chocolate, tiny chili. Malty chocolate flavor, caramel, cinnamon, chili notes. I really like this.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 2, 2016
Bottle:   Soft spicy nose, some cinnamon and nutmeg, along with perhaps a touch of red peppers.   A bit more peppery on the tongue but its still spicy with the cinnamon and nutmeg.   Moderate body and mouthfeel.   Orangish amber in color, a bit dark like brown sugar, fairly nice lacing.   Decent little beer... but needs to have some umph or something as its just spicy with only a body to chew on.   Make it an Imperial Winter and then wed have somethin.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BillKismet (3887) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 29, 2015
Deep brown with red underpinnings and an okay head. This brew is akin to a Mexican mole beer. Absolutely superb and underrated. The bouquet is of rich, dry chocolate, and leather with the essence of cinnamon, and allspice massaged painstakingly in. Ancho chiles help round out the bouquet by provide an earthy spicyness. The beer delivers on flavor as well. Layers of medium chocolate rounded out by allspice and cinnamon nuances, all woven across an earthy ancho and leather malt tableau. Caramel chocolate finish. Delicious.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mages64 (72) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 17, 2015
Big chocolate and slice notes with almost a nutty undertone. Big malt sweetness without being too heavy. Extremely delicious as a winter ale with a nice heat kick on the back. Amazing

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Craftbrewhaha (80) - - NOV 17, 2015
Wonderful cinnamon and chocolate on the nose. Smooth drinking Winter Ale with just a touch a spice, nothing overwhelming. Perfect for sitting down with on those cold winter evenings. Definitely one for the holiday seasons!

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nealblind (1684) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - JUL 7, 2015
Dark red brown color some white head. Aroma big nutmeg, cinnamon some pepper. Tastes only slightly chocolate. tobacco, like a brown. ginger, peppers come though, but it seems like they are trying to bury them in a mountain of other spice (nutmeg). errs on the sweet side. light body for a big beer. Very unique, but probably wouldnt get again.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
beastiefan2k (3629) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - APR 25, 2015
750mL cork&cage poured into a tulip glass, batch 159. Big tight head atop a brown body. Aroma is all spices - allspice, nutmeg-y. Body has a soft carbonation and a medium body. A toasted malt covered by spices some nuttiness. So, I got this for the chilies but I was robbed. No heat, no peppas, boooo. Even the spices are dull on this brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (9363) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 30, 2015
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, dark reddish brown pour with off white head, aroma brought notes of chili, caramel, toffee, hints of spice into some cinnamon, clove, touch of allspice, hints of cocoa. Taste is a mix of caramel, toffee, dark fruit, hints of nice cinnamon, slight pepper, touch of cocoa, finishing sweet, slightly dry.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerbaaron (1996) - Arizona, USA - DEC 17, 2014
Draft. Dark ruby brown with creamy beige head. Without reading any description, this comes across as a decently made but otherwise snoozefest winter ale with too much holiday spice and uninteresting malt profile. Some Belgiany yeastiness makes things a little more interesting.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GarrettB (1499) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 6, 2014
November 30th, 2012 - I dont recall the where, when and how this ale came into my possession, nor when I drank it, but the timing seems right. Any beer inspired by Mexican hot chocolate needs colder climes to bring out its true intentions. Perhaps due to coming fresh from the fridge, the aroma is blunted, quiet, and what little of it is there speaks of red grapes and overripe strawberries, amply sweet and full of fructose goodness. The taste is much more clearly that "Cup of Christmas Cheer" blend of flavors: tons of cinnamon, brown sugar, nutmeg, gingerbread and other things nice. The body is light, keeping all of these high-edge flavors at bay, and it ends with an especially celebratory finish of chili spiciness. This is a lot of flavors bundled into one ornate gift, and like so many suburban Christmas decorations, where there isnt harmony, theres volume and pizazz, and thats what this beer has in spades.


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