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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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 19, 2007
Pours a nearly opaque dark mahogany with a thin-lacing tan head. Aroma of lightly sweet dark caramel malt and a hint of cinnamon toward a semi-tart finish. Body starts with a sweet dark caramel and spiced finish with light fruity tartness throughout. Finishes thinner and semi-tart with a hint of doughy yeast. Interesting, but Id like it without the tartness.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 25, 2012
bottle, Rare Beer Club. caramel colored pour. Lots of Christmas spice, cinnamon, allspice, some notes of spruce & heather. Light chocolate notes. Mexican Chocolate cake. Decent

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - MAY 28, 2012
Clear mahogany color with tan head. Mint, holiday spice, caramel, chocolate aromas. Medium body. Nice toffee, light fruit, holiday spice, mint flavors--good.

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.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blutt59 (6558) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 29, 2009
bottle, amber color with short head, aroma of Christmas spices, flavors of juniper berries, clove, belgian sugar, some chocolate, finishes a little thin

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
riversideAK (6260) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JAN 14, 2008
On tap at Stone. Dark brown with a nice off white head. Aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, chocolate, and roasted malt. The flavor has sweet chocolate, the cinnamon and nutmeg, and some roast. A little bit of dark fruit appears as it warms. Creamy mouthfeel with a rather clean finish with just a touch of spice lingering. One of the best winter ales I have enjoyed this season.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (6168) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JAN 28, 2012
Bottle - 750mL corked and caged - Batch No. 95. Pours very dark, opaque brown with a voluminous, foamy beige head. Strong cinnamon and allspice in the aroma along with big peppery notes. Taste is peppery and slightly spicy with more cinnamon notes, caramel, light cocoa, toasted malt and gingerbread cookies. Body is medium with a moderate carbonation. Faint lingering heat from the peppers. Ends with more spicy pepper, big cinnamon, caramel, faint chocolate, cocoa, and hints of gingerbread.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ben4321 (6137) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 1, 2017
Draft at Milk and Hops-Chelsea. Caramel color with a nice, clean beige head. Plus lacing. Sweet malt, caramel, and some nutty notes. Spice and brown sugar come through as well. Smooth, mild sticky. Solid.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
notalush (5836) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 6, 2009
Thanks to TheCheeseMan for this - this bottle has been sitting in my fridge for a couple of weeks, and Im sick of looking at it every time I go in there to grab a pickle or some cheese of something, so here we go - fizzy dark ruby beer - minimal, poorly sustained head - the aroma starts things off in a promising direction, with loads of spices and herbs (cinnamon, nutmeg, rosemary, thyme, peppercorns), and an underlying caramel/cocoa/nutty sweetness - the flavor is tart and acidic - at first, I thought this was infected, but additional sips made me believe this was intentional - underneath this, that complex spice combination from the aroma comes through, as well as a light caramel sweetness - quite a bit of tart, nearly sour cherry character throughout - near the end, the beer gets very peppery and warming, with the slightest hint of chocolate - finish of lingering herbs and astringent acidity - Im still not entirely sure this bottle is what the brewer intended it to be - either way, its a so-so drinking experience.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnnyJ (5539) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 10, 2009
On tap at stone. Pours a creamy dark brown. Mostly chocolate flavor, creamy milk chocolate, cocoa powder, caramel malt, and spice. The finish has a bit of pepper chilies that leaves some spice in the mouth, but it is not very much. Medium mouthfeel. I thought this was a fairly enjoyable spiced winter ale, worth a try.


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