RATINGS: 96   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
5000 (6900) - 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 we’d have somethin.


3.2
kp (10880) - 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
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
JohnnyJ (5571) - 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.

3.2
fonefan (52426) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 26, 2009
Bottle 75cl.
Clear medium amber color with a large, frothy to creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, roasted, caramel, spicy, kardemomme, kanel, allspice. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20091123]

3.2
AHTOH (101) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 23, 2011
750 mL bottle. Bottled on 10/30/09. Drank 2/22/11. Poured into Duvel tulip. APPEARANCE: Pours a very dark brown color that is opaque. When held to light, is deep caramel brown with slight hues of ruby, as well as pink and amber. Thick tan head is 2-3 fingers and has long duration. Head eventually settles in a pillowy fashion. AROMA: Sour – like an oud bruin – is the most prominent aroma. Chocolate (like powdered light milk chocolate) and caramel. Subtle notes of spices – allspice and nutmeg appear most discernible. Faint hint of chili on nose. TASTE: Tart and acidic – similar to an oud bruin. Front of palate is acidic. Mid palate is some light malt sweetness with notes of chocolate and light caramel. Spices on mid palate as well. Back of palate has a nice amount of chocolate come through (behind the tart/acidic character). Finish has pleasant touch of heat from the chili – discernible, though hardly overbearing. MOUTH FEEL: Lighter body than expected. Somewhat crisp. Lively carbonation. OVERALL: Oud Bruin (Flanders brown [a sour]) with Mexican hot chocolate notes. Given its classification as Spice/Herb/Vegetable instead of a stout (eg, Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence is grouped as a stout), was unsure what to expect. Hardly expected something this tart. At first thought it was infected. Still unsure if Telegraph was going for a sour with this. Wanted to like this, though must admit: better in theory than in practice. Aroma much more pleasant than taste. Although oud bruin has its time and place, this would have been much better if it had a different style as a base. Furthermore, it seems the sour character mixed with notes of Mexican hot chocolate hardly work well together.

3.2
weihenweizen (4210) - Charleston, 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.

3.1
notalush (5955) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - FEB 6, 2009
Thanks to TheCheeseMan for this - this bottle has been sitting in my fridge for a couple of weeks, and I’m sick of looking at it every time I go in there to grab a pickle or some cheese of something, so here we go - fizzy dark ruby beer - minimal, poorly sustained head - the aroma starts things off in a promising direction, with loads of spices and herbs (cinnamon, nutmeg, rosemary, thyme, peppercorns), and an underlying caramel/cocoa/nutty sweetness - the flavor is tart and acidic - at first, I thought this was infected, but additional sips made me believe this was intentional - underneath this, that complex spice combination from the aroma comes through, as well as a light caramel sweetness - quite a bit of tart, nearly sour cherry character throughout - near the end, the beer gets very peppery and warming, with the slightest hint of chocolate - finish of lingering herbs and astringent acidity - I’m still not entirely sure this bottle is what the brewer intended it to be - either way, it’s a so-so drinking experience.

3.1
joergen (29625) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 24, 2009
Bottle at Papsø. Cloudy red brown coloured with a huge beige head. Fruity aroma of spices, liquorice and overriped fruits. Fruity flavour of spices, yeast and liquorice with notes of dried fruits. Sweet finish.

3.1
PotjeBier (3838) - 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.


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