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DUGGES RUDOLF WINTER ALE

Rich brown choclate creaming overlays dry bourbon-burgundy-plum wining and prune-soured raisin sweetness of porter-styled holiday ale. Smoky mocha malt midst deepened by sharp hop spicing, purple grape tartness, molasses-sapped pumpernickel breading and brown-sugared gingerbread niceties. Tertiary black cherry, sherry, blackberry, raspberry and blueberry nuances seep in.  

OMMEGANG ADORATION SPECIAL WINTER ALE (2011)

Expansive flavor profile heightens wintry-spiced Belgian strong dark ale. Brown-sugared cinnamon-coriander-allspice conflux and sharp mace-peppered nutmeg grounding envelop toffee-candied Belgian chocolate sweetness. Subtle plum, fig, banana, cherry and apricot nuances receive tangy orange peel rasp, altering the heather-tipped fungi yeast pungency. Herbal licorice root tease and tannic port wine snip provide sub-illusions.

 

TROEGS MAD ELF ALE WITH HONEY & CHERRIES (2012)

Formidable ruby red Belgian dark ale (with Honey & Cherries) brings sugary Christmastime spicing to medicinal coughdrop entry. Honeyed malt creaming thickens sweet and sour red cherry tartness as wintry sugar plum, stewed prune, dried fig and cinnamon-toasted apple bluster strengthens alcohol-fueled Grand Marnier ascension. Red grape, blackberry, raspberry and gooseberry illusions nip syrupy cherry herring liqueur luster.

WIDMER BROTHERS BRRR

Pleasant sweet-fruited caramel-malted winter warmer closer to a mild IPA than a holiday-spiced seasonal. Grassy-hopped grapefruit peel bittering softens over tangy orange-tangerine-apple-pear-peach-cherry ripeness, brown-sugared cinnamon toasting and cereal-grained bed. Resinous spruce-pined forestry freshened by clean-watered minerality. Medicinal ethanol astringency lingers thru backend. A perfectly centrist choice. 
 

FISH TALE WINTERFISH

On tap at Taphouse Grille, gritty winter warmer departs from expectant sweet Christmas spicing for muddled IPA fruited sharpness. Bitterest orange-peeled grapefruit juicing and pine-sapped juniper hop resin contrast less prominent mango-papaya-nectarine-peach-tangerine tang to light honey-malted white breaded spine. Slight ethanol burn disturbs herbal snip. In the bottle, nebulous Chinook-hopped seasonal retains less bitterness as tart grapefruit-orange melange gets sweetened by honeyed biscuit malts and scurried sugared spices.    

 

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CARTON DECOY

Fulsome winter warmer with Belgian strong ale roots plies sugary dried fruiting to chocolate-spiced whiskey malting. Coming on thick and heavy, its chewy raisin, fig and prune conflux picks up bruised orange and black cherry notions. Advertised cumin, coriander, lavender, red peppercorn and honey influence Belgian candi-sugared sweetness. ’13 version: brown-sugared cinnamon-nutmeg-ginger spicing upped alongside sharpened alcohol astringency for even bolder winter warmer.
 
 

BRECKENRIDGE CHRISTMAS ALE

Unbound 2012 winter warmer, less dependent on usual holiday spicing than conventional Christmastime fare, begs for more distinct flavor profile. Dewy peat-smoked earthiness, ashen tobacco-dried chocolate malting and dark caramel sweetness serenade caraway-crusted rye-floured molasses-sapped black breading. But brown-sugared cinnamon-nutmeg-allspice seasoning and tertiary plum-fig-date conflux need richer assertion.   
 

SOUTHERN TIER 2XMAS

Invigorating winter warmer emulates Swedish glogg by bridging autumnal brown-sugared pumpkin pie likeness to sweet Christmastime spicing and muted mull-spiced wining. Fig-sugared stewed prune, golden raisin, bruised cherry and mandarin orange peel fruiting picks up wintry gingerbread, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cardamom and clove seasoning. Pecan, butterscotch, vanilla and sugar cookie illusions penetrate the fruitcake finish.  

NORREBROS JULEBRYG

Ornate Danish-styled Christmas Ale offers fig-sugared raisin sweetness to molasses-sapped caramelized rye malting and mildly coarsened earthy hop astringency. Ginger-spiced clove, cinnamon and nutmeg seasoning provide mild wintry warmth alongside subdued bourbon-burgundy wining. But fruit-caked cherry, prune and plum illusions need deeper penetration.