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 (10681) - 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.

3.5
j12601 (13119) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2011
Bottle at Paul’s tasting. Pours a clearish brown with a thin white head. Malt on the nose, toast and caramel, a bit of spice. Medium bodied, sweet malt and toast. Gentle spices on the finish, malt and toast, a little bitterness.

3.5
mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 2, 2012
750mL bottle from thome50. Bottle opens with a nice pop, and there is an immediate spice presence emanating from the bottle. Deep mahogany color with a medium sized, barely, off white head. Aroma is mainly cinnamon and all spice. Pretty potent with those two ingredients. There is also a small cocoa and caramel presence. Wow!! That’s a beer filled with all spice and cinnamon. Flavor starts off with a nice dose of cinnamon and finishes with a long lasting, intense, all spice flavor. There is a hint of heat from the chilies towards the finish, but honestly I wouldn’t know it was there if it wasn’t for the fact that it is listed in the description. Don’t get a ton of the malt profile in this, but there is a hint of chocolate, but it is so masked by the spice profile it really doesn’t add much. I guess this would be considered unbalanced due to the extreme presence of the spices, but it is still really enjoyable if you like a good spice presence in your beer.

3.5
tgncc (3145) - 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
TheBeerGod (6261) - 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
DedicatedToFun (4003) - 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

3.5
ineedbeer (2257) - 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.

3.5
beerbaaron (2046) - Arizona, USA - DEC 17, 2014
Draft. Dark ruby brown with creamy beige head. Without reading any description, this comes across as a decently made but otherwise snoozefest ’winter ale’ with too much holiday spice and uninteresting malt profile. Some Belgiany yeastiness makes things a little more interesting.

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.

3.5
ben4321 (6739) - 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.


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