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
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. I’d say this is a petty solid winter ale.

3.3
beastiefan2k (4033) - 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 peppa’s, boooo. Even the spices are dull on this brew.

3.5
DedicatedToFun (4000) - Santa Monica, California, USA - DEC 12, 2013
Drank on tap at the brand new tasting room in Santa Barbara. Interesting mix of hot chocolate with ciannamon and spices

3
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 29, 2011
Why did I think this was a porter? It needs to be a porter. Fairly clear, thin-looking pour, dark brown with a good deal of ruby to the appearance. Thin head, gone in a flash. Nose is by-the-numbers spice at first but some chilis come on just a bit (I’d have said serranos too, but what do I know?). Prickly mouthfeel, suggesting far more carbonation than is actually present, with the midlest heat from the chilis. Spice seems perfunctory, and it ends up that the beer seems thin and faded as a whole.

3.2
weihenweizen (3997) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - APR 8, 2012
75 cL bottle batch 95 from the beer of the month club. Pours clear dark brown with fluffy light brown head. Light body, highly carbonated, and allspice aroma. Taste is light roasted malt, allspice, some cinnamon, some bakers chocolate, some chiles, and herbal hop finish. This is darker than I expected, pretty light tasting, and different, but nothing I will seek out.

2.5
DYCSoccer17 (3705) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 11, 2010
750mL bottle purchased at Nugget Market in Woodland, CA. Corked and caged. No pop whatsoever when this was opened. The aroma is heavy on spices. White pepper, allspice, nutmeg are detected. Lightly floral with some roasted and burnt malts behind the spices. Transparent, watery-appearing cola colored body with no head or carbonation. Starts spicy with some peppery notes, before this becomes slightly sweet in the middle, before this becomes an awkward salty flavor towards the end. Some of the pepper flavor makes an appearance, but there is no heat associated with it. This is a very strange strange brew. I am not sure what to think of it. Definitely needs some carbonation and some body, and the saltiness in the middle is weird...almost mouth puckering. I don’t see myself purchasing this again.

3.2
alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - DEC 20, 2008
On tap at PP San Clemente. A darker than expected brown color with an off white/tan head. Aroma of peppers, spice, chocolate and bread. Flavor tated a bit hot, so I wonder what the alcohol content was. Maybe it was the spicing. Overall it was a bit strange and I am not sure the flavors meshed too well. That being said, there were a lot of prominant flavors, such as bread, spice, fruit, pepper and bread. Just ok for me.

3.1
PotjeBier (3506) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - APR 4, 2010
75 cl corked bottle from Whole Foods. Pours beautiful red-brown with off-white head (that doesn’t last too long). Aroma boasts spices (ginger, cinnamon, anise, coriander), some chocolaty sweetness and some acidity. Flavor is slightly sweet and acidic (possibly a minor infection). Spiciness in the finish. Not bad, but not great either.

3.4
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 2, 2009
Courtesy TheCheeseMan. Pours a clear, dark, chestnut brown color. A foamy, beige colored head is well retained. Sudsy lacing mostly rejoins the body. The aroma shows a fairly complex and inviting blend of dried caramel, dehydrated figs, chestnuts, nutmeg, and allspice. A hint of vanilla lurks somewhere within, with a glint of smokiness, but no heat, stemming from the chilies. Flavors are basically the same, dry and earthy, with a light caramel and dark fruit sweetness, and slightly bitter, woody wintertime spices. Medium bodied and semi-dry, the palate is perhaps a shade weak and overly active for the style. This is a fairly nice, tasty wintertime brew.

3.7
mjg74 (3141) - La Mesa, California, USA - DEC 20, 2008
Bottle from Whole Foods. Deep amber in color. Aroma is quite spicy with an almost sourish note. Spices and chile in the flavors. Somewhat smokey. Interesting take.


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