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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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 24, 2008
bottle from Pizza Port. Dark brown with a fizzy white head. Sweet spicy and pepper aroma and taste with some peppermint notes. Quite good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mar (5380) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 15, 2009
bottle thanks to bman113vr. deep brown almost black pour with a thin cream head. nose is malts, nutmeg, pine and cinnamon. very interesting on the palate, with a heavy cinnamon flavor backed by nutmeg. not had on the finish with a cinnamon finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beershine (5224) - VANCOUVER, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 2, 2009
Deep mahogany, reddish brown, tan head. Spicy aroma is similar to pumpkin ale Alcohol is noticeable. Gently carbonated but big mouthfeel. Goes well with the chili chocolate we have. Really like this, its nice and smooth.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hayduke (5171) - Eureka, California, USA - JUN 27, 2011
Shared with Strykzone in a joint tasting. The cork on the bottle smacked me in the forehead when I removed the cage. Good thing it did not hit me in the eye. Lot of carbonation in the bottle. While it is titled a Winter Ale, it is really a spice beer. It pours a rich light brown color with a huge tan head that settled very slowly. The nose is spices, spices and spices with the major aroma Allspice. Medium body and a mouthfeel that numbs the tongue and lips. The flavor is all sorts of spices and chili pepper, with some chocolate. The finish has some other flavors but by the time I got to it my taste buds were so overwhelmed by all the spices I was not sure what it was This beer was certainly unique and actually drinkable, but not something I would be interested in trying again.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2012
Bottle courtesy of the Rare Beer Club. Served in a mug. Pours a deep brown color with a thin light tan head and a bit of lacing as it goes down. The nose carries a bit of chile and spices plus a slight metallic note. A bit of roast as well. Flavor has spice and a dosing of chile heat. Light chocolate and roast. Medium body with good carbonation. A little bit to it with a semi-sweet finish. Nothing too off, but not particularly enjoyable.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cavie (4642) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 2, 2011
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown color with a ring of tan head. Aroma is chocolate, spices and warm bready notes. Flavor is dry spice, ginger and all-spice. Finishes with lots of spice evident.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 18, 2008
Bought a bottle @ Liars Club Grand Opening. The bartender told me I find the diamond in the rough. Yeah OK I could give the extra glasses of it away. Poured a clear deep chestnut color with an off-white head. Big sweet and spiced aroma. Cloves and smoke. Spicy and sweet flavor and when I say spice it was I mean it. Too much for my liking. Malt and clove. Medium body.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IrishBoy (4183) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 5, 2007
Bottle from Sandys, San Luis Obispo, picked up by Odeed; Thanks Jake; Nose of vegetable chilies, chocolate, and caramel; clear, very dark brown with red fringes; one finger, extremely lomg-lasting, glass-lacing, tan head; flavor of chocolate, sweetnees, vegetable flavor of chilies, but no real heat since anchos are very mild, caramel, spices, and a tiny bit of tartness for a finish. Could be a porter without the chilies! Now this is a chili beer!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (4176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 24, 2009
November 2008 Bottle Date; Sampled January 2009,br> A soft pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a three-finger thick, lightly browned, full tan colored head. The beer is a very dark, burnt brown color that shows a brilliantly clear, deep ruby hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells quite sweet more from spice notes and a touch of cinnamon than from the actual malt. I do believe I detect a touch of spicy chile in the nose as well, it is just a touch in the finish, but seems to add an earthy chile note. Caramelized malt adds some brown sugar like notes and there is also a light toasted grain character. By far the sweet spice notes are the most noticeable part of the aroma, but as the beer warms a bit more of the chile starts to come out; this accentuates some berry notes and there is also a touch of cocoa now towards the finish.

A prickly carbonation greets my tongue up front and adds a tartness from the carbonic acid. Some aggressive swirling releases some of the excessive carbonation, but there is still a tartness to this brew. This has a spiciness reminiscent of sweet baking spices (a mix of cinnamon, clove and perhaps a hint of nutmeg), that also add a touch of bitterness to the finish. The chile adds some spice and chile flavor to the finish without really being hot at all. There is a bitterness here in the finish from the roasted malt, which also adds some roasted, toasted character to the front end of the beer as well. This is pretty light bodied, though it does have some heft to it that becomes a bit more balanced as the beer warms up. This is quite fruity tasting at times and reminds me of tart currants, some berry notes, as well as some tannic red grape flavors. The malt also seems to contribute a touch of dark cocoa flavors in addition to the toasted notes.

This is an interesting beer. The ancho is not quite prominent enough and the beer itself doesnt quite seem like it is rich enough to support the additional ingredients. This definitely has a certain tartness to it as well, though I think this is due to the dark grain and mash schedule than from any infection.

Purchased: South Bay Drugs, Imperial Beach CA

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2011
750 ml. bottle from Secret Santa. Thanks man! Pours a reddish amber brown pour with a medium off white head, sticky, clings to the glass. Aroma of clove, all spice, orange peel, caramel and toffee malts. Flavor of strong clove. Toffee malts, cinnamon, spice. Certainly the spice plays a big deal in this. Mild chocolate and caramel. Tastes pretty good. Full-bodied, lots of carbonation. Id say this is a petty solid winter ale.


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