RATINGS: 94   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
weihenweizen (3343) - 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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
notalush (5776) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 6, 2009
Thanks to TheCheeseMan for this - this bottle has been sitting in my fridge for a couple of weeks, and Im 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 - Im still not entirely sure this bottle is what the brewer intended it to be - either way, its a so-so drinking experience.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
joergen (26674) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 24, 2009
Bottle at Paps. 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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
PotjeBier (2888) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - APR 4, 2010
75 cl corked bottle from Whole Foods. Pours beautiful red-brown with off-white head (that doesnt 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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cavie (4368) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 2, 2011
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown color with a ring of tan head. Aroma is chocolate, spices and warm bready notes. Flavor is dry spice, ginger and all-spice. Finishes with lots of spice evident.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chaseman (50) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 15, 2011
Dark brown pour, smells of cinnamon and nutmeg with slight chocolate. A little funkier than I was expecting (I was expecting something more along the lines of a chocolate stout with some winter spice kick), but it was a pleasant surprise as the cinnamon, nutmeg, and chocolate spice are quite strong and create a unique mixture of flavors, but almost in an overpowering way.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bytemesis (7439) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 20, 2012
Tap. Pours clear chestnut with a medium tan creamy head that leaves decent lacing. Aroma is very spicy, with notes of allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, toffee. Flavor is super spiced, hard to find a beer in there, sweet with a mild zesty bitterness. Medium body. Pleasant enough, but not really a beer. I was getting tired of it after four ounces.

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nealblind (1755) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - JUL 7, 2015
Dark red brown color some white head. Aroma big nutmeg, cinnamon some pepper. Tastes only slightly chocolate. tobacco, like a brown. ginger, peppers come though, but it seems like they are trying to bury them in a mountain of other spice (nutmeg). errs on the sweet side. light body for a big beer. Very unique, but probably wouldnt get again.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
daknole (10920) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 2, 2009
bottle from Oakes and Beershine. Amber pour. Aroma is spicy as hell. Ovedone on the spices. Flavor is also too spicy. Base beer seems like it would be good, but they went nuts with the spices.


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