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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3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - JAN 20, 2008
Bottle, shared with Bartzilla. Dark brown color. Trippy spicy sweet aroma. Flavor is cinnamon, clove, toothpaste and bubblegum. A little pepper on the finish, but I was surprised that the chilis werent more prominent. Just not my thing.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (36934) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2009
Bottled. A hazy deep red beer with a tan head. The aroma has notes of spices, cinnamon, caramel, malt, and other spices. The flavor is sweet with notes of caramel, malt, spices, over ripe fruits, and some wood, leading to a dry woody finish. Thanks Papsoe for sharing.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KimJohansen (10492) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2009
Clear mahogany with a huge beige head. Sweet aroma with red berries, roasted malt, cinnamon and caramel notes. Sweet flavour with roasted malt, caramel and cinnamon notes. Finished sweet.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Strykzone (7254) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUN 26, 2011
Sent in a trade from Hayduke with whom it was shared via Facebook chat. This is not a typical Winter Ale. It pours with a gushing light tan head that takes a while to dissipate. the beer is dark brown and opaque. The nose is huge spices followed by more spices. That is the flavor, too. Tons of spice. Then chile peppers show up. They attack the tongue tip with a vengeance. At some point cocoa is tasted that is never big and reminds me of powdered hot chocolate mix. At the end dark fruit, especially raisins, emerges. The finish is pepper, cocoa and raisins. This beer borders on being odd but somehow it all works, but barely.

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

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
beastiefan2k (3889) - 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 peppas, boooo. Even the spices are dull on this brew.

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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 21, 2007
Date: 10/20/2007
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party

dark brown, big beige head, sweet and spicy dark plum and raison aroma, sweet malt flavor, touch of chocolate, nice fruity sweetness, lots of Christmas spices kick in to balance the malt, light bitter finish,

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.2/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+/4

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnnyJ (5545) - 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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