RATINGS: 95   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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3.5
marcus (10559) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 17, 2011
Bottle from Nugget Market Woodland. Pours black with a thick beige head and a strong spicy aroma. There is a hearty roasted malt flavor heavily laced with multiple spices. There is a sweet chocolate finish. The overall flavor is a bit disjointed but not entirely unpleasant.

3.3
KimJohansen (10511) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2009
Clear mahogany with a huge beige head. Sweet aroma with red berries, roasted malt, cinnamon and caramel notes. Sweet flavour with roasted malt, caramel and cinnamon notes. Finished sweet.

3.5
arminjewell (9720) - 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.

3.4
bb (9697) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 29, 2008
Draft. Rich amber beer with an off-white head. Slight dark fruit, caramel aroma. Berry fruit and caramel flavor with some spice. Medium body. Fruit, caramel, spice, andbready malts linger.

3.4
douglas88 (9569) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 5, 2010
Bottle thanks to footbalm. Pours a dark brown/red color with a large off-white head. A spicy nose; some pepper and allspice. The flavor is nice; sweet and spicy, some light heat from the peppers, caramel and a slight tartness. Nice. The peppers are light but there.

3.1
bytemesis (8960) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 20, 2012
Tap. Pours clear chestnut with a medium tan creamy head that leaves decent lacing. Aroma is very spicy, with notes of allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, toffee. Flavor is super spiced, hard to find a beer in there, sweet with a mild zesty bitterness. Medium body. Pleasant enough, but not really a beer. I was getting tired of it after four ounces.

3.4
Plovmand (8584) - Grindsted, DENMARK - NOV 28, 2009
Bottle. Dark reddish brown with a small off white head. Very fruity aroma with some spices. Sweet fruity flavour with lots of malt, caramel, light chocolate and dark fruit. Quite vinous.

2.7
jredmond (8508) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2011
Bottle shared at Paul’s Dec 3rd tasting. Pours a brown body. Aroma is toasted caramel malts and a touch of cinnamon. Mouthfeel is thin, with notes of watered down chocolate, cinnamon, and caramel malts. Ehhhh.

3.7
BMan1113VR (7930) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 15, 2009
Pours with a huge, foamy light brown head and a murky deep brown body. Very interesting aroma. Notes of peppers, spearmint, peppermint, cocoa powder, bananas, baking chocolate, flour, cinnamon, allspice and twigs. Taste is chocolate, and earthy with notes of earthiness, christmas spices, woodsy, sweet and minty with leather in the finish. Very lively carbonation.

3.3
Strykzone (7555) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUN 26, 2011
Sent in a trade from Hayduke with whom it was shared via Facebook chat. This is not a typical Winter Ale. It pours with a gushing light tan head that takes a while to dissipate. the beer is dark brown and opaque. The nose is huge spices followed by more spices. That is the flavor, too. Tons of spice. Then chile peppers show up. They attack the tongue tip with a vengeance. At some point cocoa is tasted that is never big and reminds me of powdered hot chocolate mix. At the end dark fruit, especially raisins, emerges. The finish is pepper, cocoa and raisins. This beer borders on being odd but somehow it all works, but barely.


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