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
tgncc (3140) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JAN 6, 2012
Bottle shared at Paul’s. The aroma is spicy (ginger, nutmeg, etc.), molasses, caramel. The appearance is a brown/red color, translucent, off white head. The flavor is spicy, cinnamon, nutmeg, toffee, caramel. The finish is spicy. medium in body. Pretty good.

3.5
JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 3, 2008
On draft at Stone bistro. Dark brown, a bit overly carbonated for me, but it has a nice aroma and flavor of spices with the peppers balancing it.

2.8
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - FEB 4, 2010
$7.99 at the Best Damn Beer Shop. 750mL bottled on OCT 30 2009. Clear deep ruby with a very short-lived, two finger beige head. It actually looks like cola now, as quickly as the head faded. Plenty of cinnamon, and allspice in the nose with some toasted malts and light dark chocolate behind. There’s a tinge of lemon as well. Flavor is much the same with the lemon and a fair amount of alcohol warmth surprisingly strong, being only 6.5%. Roasty burnt finish with bitterness at a 2. Thin body with light to moderate carbonation. Didn’t really like this.

3.4
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - FEB 3, 2009
Growler from the brewery last December, and somehow forgot to enter my notes until now. Dark purple-brown. Richly spiced aroma that does indeed have some similarities to mexican chocolate. Caramel and sharply spicy flavor. Finished a bit astringent. Started quite good, but by the end the spices were a bit heavy handed, and there wasn’t much chocolate flavor as advertised. Fun to split with a bunch of people, but I wouldn’t want a whole bottle of this to myself.

3.7
StefanSD (2451) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2009
750 ml bottle from Bev4less. Pours a murky dark brown with a dissipating beige head. The nose is complex with cocoa, spices, and some funky sour grapes. The flavor is sour and spicy, with pumpkin, cocoa, grapes, apple and chestnuts. The mouthfeel is full and silky smooth. The finish is long and dry with lingering spices. Overall: A very enjoyable winter ale, it kinda reminded me of Alpine Ichabod 2007.

3.6
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 17, 2008
Bottle from hamiltons. Pours with a deep red-brown body topped by a medium thick, quickly disapperaing, off-white head with some lacing. It’s slightly swet and malty with notes of allspice and cinnamon. Similar to mexican cocoa. Not bad. Medium bodied and highly carbonated.

3
JDBaker11058 (2334) - Maryland, USA - DEC 6, 2011
Appearance: medium to dark brown, with clear ruby highlights around the edges; short off-white head vanishing quickly. Aroma: spices (clove, cinnamon, black pepper, nutmeg, allspice), brown bread, and chocolate. Taste: notes of chocolate, a hint of coffee, strong impression of cinnamon, clove, bit of ginger, and as it warms, some heat. Finish: finishes long and smooth, with the heat of the chiles coming on very subtly. Notes: An interesting beer, but perhaps trying too hard. Mailer that came with it called it a spiced porter, but this was too light in the palate (almost watery). Definitely a spicy beer, but all the spices were almost overpowering, rather than complimentary. For the second glass, I actually mixed it half and half with Vintage 50’s Sordid Past, which made for a pretty good beer. Bottle from the Rare Beer Club.

2.8
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2012
Cinnamon and spices on the nose. The beer pours a dark amber almost brown with a thin off white head. Spices dominate the flavor with vegetal pepper notes and hints of chocolate.

3.5
ineedbeer (2228) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 23, 2014
Bottle is approximately 3 years old - Batch 65.Aroma is mostly dominated by the spice, but there are also some dark fruit esters and malt notes. Light cinnamon and chili with moderate to moderately heavy allspice; I wish the all spice was more balanced with the other notes. Some raisin and prune with medium dark caramel notes and a light chocolate character. As it warms the chili is more noticeable. Pours a clear brown with hints of ruby highlights and a thick tan head that has really good head retention. Medium lacing with faint legs. Flavor is slightly to moderately sweet with spice again being the dominant characteristic. This time the chocolate notes are a bit more noticeable, but there is still a lot of allspice with lighter amounts of cinnamon and even less of the chili. Medium light dark fruit notes of plum, prune and raisin. Medium dark caramel and toffee notes. Medium low but balanced bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium to medium full bodied with medium to medium high carbonation. Low astringency and medium low alcohol warmth. Overall an alright beer, but I find the allspice to be overpowering and it hides the more delicate spice notes (unless they disappeared due to age). No signs of oxidation, but a slight faded character to the malt. Could use richer chocolate notes.

3.8
popery (2170) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 8, 2011
Bottle. Great spice and chocolate notes. The chili is mild but provides a touch of heat. The taste has a some good sweetness but finishes without any stickiness. It’s about half stout and half winter warmer. Lots of chocolate malt. Some caramel. Mild roast. Some dark fruity notes. The spice is really the star and lends a mix of cinnamon and chili. Mouthfeel eventually gets creamy and smooth, but it’s initially over-carbonated. Very pleasant beer and has some very good holiday spicing.


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