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Winter Ale - Telegraph Brewing Company

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45 Reviews
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Reviews: 45
Hads: 76
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 2
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Telegraph Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: JayTheFinn on 12-24-2006

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Reviews: 45 | Hads: 76
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Batch # 117.

Pours a hazy dark orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, chile, slight cocoa, and a variety of Winter spices. Taste is much the same with earthy spice and chile flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some very earthy aromas and flavors. (539 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear yet very dark reddish amber in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense tan head that quickly died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface..
S: There are moderately strong aromas of spices in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is a complex mixture of various spices but is much stronger. Allspice and cinnamon seem to stand out in particular; there are some initial flavors of chocolate malts while peppery spices are present in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is a good representation of the style and goes down easily because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste. (743 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.03/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of the Rare Beer Club. Served in a mug.

Pours a deep brown color with a thin light tan head and a bit of lacing as it goes down. The nose carries a bit of chile and spices plus a slight metallic note. A bit of roast as well. Flavor has spice and a dosing of chile heat. Light chocolate and roast. Medium body with good carbonation. A little bit to it with a semi-sweet finish. Nothing too off, but not particularly enjoyable. (442 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.45/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

First off I just have to say I really friggin enjoyed this beer. I got this one along with a few of the other telegraph bottles earlier in the week and brought this one over to the parents house louse night. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 12/24/2008.

The pour was very nice. A rich dark brown with a slight purple hue to it on the outsides of the glass. Rich looking to say the least and nearly opaque. There was a touch of tan head at first, but it just kept building and eventually a full one inch of chocolate colored foam came forward and stayed until the very end.

Super rich aroma that just transformed the warmer it got. Rich notes of chocolate, chilli, slight raisin and prune notes and touches of light grain. The flavor was more of the same, incredibly complex and really impossible to describe. Lots of cocoa here as well as light touches of chili and prunes, raisins, hints of everything. Rich and velvet like texture was the highlight here. I am not sure what the ABV was but this thing was damn nice to sip on for a while.

Overall I thought this one was outstanding and one of the best beers I have had all year. I would love to have a couple of these laying around for sure. (1,231 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Bruery Provisions

Pours a dark amber color with a finger of off-white head. Strong spice aromas of cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg. There’s a nice little bit of banana aroma and dark fruit, too. Maybe a little bit of coffee. The flavor is nicely sweet with quite a bit of caramel, toffee, and spices. Nutmeg and cinnamon seem to be the most prominent. Some hints of banana as well as cherries. Medium bodied and medium carbonation. (440 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

No intro here, just review: It pours a deep brown-ruby topped by about two fingers or so of cream froth. The nose comprises light cocoa, anise, cinnamon, clove, Belgian candi sugar, brown sugar, light plum, dark fruits, and a touch of black pepper way in the background. There's a decided BSDA feel about this smell, if you ask me. The taste holds notes of dark fruits, anise, light smoked pepper, clove, allspice, light cocoa, vanilla bean, light molasses, and a touch of roasted malts for good measure. It's all a bit much when it strikes the tongue, but somehow it misses being too much. Suffice it to say, a whole helluva lot is goin' on with this stuff... The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta dry finish. Overall, the parts are generally positive, but the sum is a mish-mash of overly-complex flavors that never really coalesces into anything truly good. Not sure if that makes sense or not... I will say that the pepper in the background does some nice things with the finish, keeping my tastebuds on their toes. Beyond that, though, I think the flavor din is just too loud for its own good. (1,172 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

750ml brown glass bottle with hood and wire cap over a cork and a well-concocted straightforward label served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; I actually quite like Telegraph. 7.5% according to my bottle; Batch number 117.

Served cold, straight from the fridge, and allowed to warm over the course of consumption (the label advises to "enjoy it cool, rather than cold." Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Yields a satisfying pop upon removal of the cork. Adequate carbonation is anticipated.

A: Pours almost entirely foam - save for a finger's worth of actual body. The ambitious head is light khaki in colour, with good cream and thickness - and superb retention (7+ minutes). Overcarbonation is suspected. Body colour is a refined dark cherry-red; translucent and transparent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. I really like the vibrant body; it's quite appealing for a winter warmer. No lacing as the head recedes.

Sm: Not at all what I expected. Dark ripe fruit; plum, grapeskin, maybe juicy pear. Pleasant spice like cinnamon, allspice (when I look for it), and nutmeg. Majestic raisin - really evocative. A bit of fig roll. I look for chili notes and don't find any. Caramel. Chocolate malt. I'd venture to say the fruit notes are actually dominant; surprising given what the label suggests they're going for. I expected a chocolatey chili-heavy winter warmer; this is not that. Biscuit malt. Belgian candi sugar. Very interesting and appealing. I'm intrigued. A moderate strength aroma. A bit of biscuity yeast does come through. I don't detect any alcohol.

T: The candi sugar hits me first. I notice the fig and the fruit after that - they're right there on the climax, with prominent raisin character. Not as much grapeskin as the aroma suggested. Sure, there're sprinklings of spice - cinnamon, nutmeg, maybe allspice. I don't get any chili notes; maybe I just don't know what sweet anchos are. I guess I expected hot or spicy chili notes but this is cool and refreshing in a fruity way. Caramel comes through. Nowhere near as much chocolate as I expected; it's just there as a light cocoa powder. The biscuity malts and candi sugar take centre stage here. I don't know that this tastes anything remotely like Mexican hot chocolate, but I do know that I like it. Balanced and well built. It's a bit on the simple side, but there's some subtlety here that I really appreciate. A pleasant surprise, overall.

Mf: Smooth and wet. It's actually undercarbonated, contrary to its appearance. Carbonation may be the biggest issue with this beer; it even starts to come off just a touch thin and watery as it warms. Good body and presence on the palate. Complements the flavour profile quite well but I don't know that it feels custom-tailored specifically to its flavours. Well-executed any way you slice it.

Dr: You have to drink this one with an open mind; it's probably not what you'd expect. Hides its ABV well. A solid winter warmer from Telegraph - a brewery that is quickly rising in my mental ranking of Californian breweries. Still, its price point is its biggest failing. Very drinkable and approachable; this would make a great introductory beer for the style but I don't know that it's convential per se. None of the toasted malt emphasis you find in most winter warmers is present here. It's intriguing and probably best regarded as a Belgian dark with a twist. And a such, it's quite a success. Bravo, Telegraph. I'd get this again on-draught or aged.

B- (3,655 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

November 2008 Bottle Date; Sampled January 2009
A soft pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a three-finger thick, lightly browned, full tan colored head. The beer is a very dark, burnt brown color that shows a brilliantly clear, deep ruby hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells quite sweet more from spice notes and a touch of cinnamon than from the actual malt. I do believe I detect a touch of spicy chile in the nose as well, it is just a touch in the finish, but seems to add an earthy chile note. Caramelized malt adds some brown sugar like notes and there is also a light toasted grain character. By far the sweet spice notes are the most noticeable part of the aroma, but as the beer warms a bit more of the chile starts to come out; this accentuates some berry notes and there is also a touch of cocoa now towards the finish.

A prickly carbonation greets my tongue up front and adds a tartness from the carbonic acid. Some aggressive swirling releases some of the excessive carbonation, but there is still a tartness to this brew. This has a spiciness reminiscent of sweet baking spices (a mix of cinnamon, clove and perhaps a hint of nutmeg), that also add a touch of bitterness to the finish. The chile adds some spice and chile flavor to the finish without really being hot at all. There is a bitterness here in the finish from the roasted malt, which also adds some roasted, toasted character to the front end of the beer as well. This is pretty light bodied, though it does have some heft to it that becomes a bit more balanced as the beer warms up. This is quite fruity tasting at times and reminds me of tart currants, some berry notes, as well as some tannic red grape flavors. The malt also seems to contribute a touch of dark cocoa flavors in addition to the toasted notes.

This is an interesting beer. The ancho is not quite prominent enough and the beer itself doesn't quite seem like it is rich enough to support the additional ingredients. This definitely has a certain tartness to it as well, though I think this is due to the dark grain and mash schedule than from any infection.

Purchased: South Bay Drugs, Imperial Beach CA (2,163 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach, CA,

A: Pours a dark jet black, with a small tan head, no real lacing to be had.

S: An interesting an striking scent leaps out of the glass on the first sniff, fir trees, nutmeg, cinnamon and other spices abound, with a bit of malt.

T: This is one of the more heavily spiced Winter Warmers that I have had, heavy bitter nutmeg on the first taste, which I was enjoying, but delving deeper into the brew reveals even more flavour. Spruce and fir resin, sweet cherries, bitter orange peel and cinnamon are also there. A fan of nutmeg or other spiced beers will love this stuff.

M: A little too much on the weak side, watery and thin, but has an interesting texture from all the spices used to keep it interesting.

D: A nice Winter Warmer to try in January, it brings back the Christmas feeling with its unique taste, definitely worth a shot. (881 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown colored beer with a tall tan colored head.

Smells spicy with molasses and cinnamon being the strongest scents. Black Licorice is fairly strong here and there is a little allspice.

Starts out sweet with a sweet licorice aftertaste. Drier than the smell indicated this is only very slightly sweet. Good spice flavor something like a sugar free spice drop candy. Not much more than to it, a mild spice flavored dark Belgian style ale.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall this is worth a try. Still if I want a spicy beer I know some better. (543 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.24/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at American Flatbread
Poured a deep brown with almost no head to it. Nose is sweet and spicy. Taste is spiciness and some zing to it, perhaps some cinnamon and chocolate. Not big on roasted malts either. Very light but really good. I picked up on perhaps a Belgian yeast. Nice hops, goreat malt profile, well balanced, tastes great and easily drinkable! Damn good brew. (376 characters)

Photo of Viggo
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Christmas tasting with biegaman and grub, 750 ml bottle.

Pours an opaque black/dark brown, thick tan head, lace rings, thick layer, great retention, looks pretty sweet. Smell is funky, lots of fruit, sour cherries, spice, caramel, light chocolate, quite nice. Taste is sour and funky at first, very fruits, strawberries and cherry, chocolate, touch of roast, very spicy, a bit lemony in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, silky smooth. Good funky stout, Telegraph is definitely doing some fine beers. Thanks a ton Jan! (545 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with some muted red highlights, full cap of tan head, moderate lacing. Scent was quite bold and hinted at cocoa powder, chili powder, light caramel, cinnamon and nutmeg, light herbal notes at the end. Taste brings components of scent together with the spices being fairly bold, sometimes overpowering. Surprisingly medium bodied, some heft needed to back up the bold flavors. Nice mix of flavors, a bit harsh when nearing the end of the bottle. A sipper to be shared for sure. (495 characters)

Photo of Dope
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 95.

A: A nice deep brown pour with a very effervescent light brown head atop it. Retention is quite good, never fully fades away. Lacing is pretty decent too.

S: Tons of cinnamon and some pepper. Maybe even nutmeg? Toasted caramel. Maybe some chocolate? Hard to tell under all the stinging spices.

T: As in the nose, tons of cinnamon with a mild but noticeable chile pepper hit after that. Some nice caramel throughout, maybe a hint of cocoa in the aftertaste. Spices carry through and linger around for a while.

M: Quite effervescent, perhaps a bit too much. Tingly cinnamon and pepper spice.

O: Honestly not a bad concept but poorly balanced. The cinnamon is super overpowering, followed by the chile spice. There's almost nothing else to the beer. A strong chocolate character would achieve the desired effect I think. Lower carbonation would help too. (866 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was from Batch 65, picked up last spring and been sitting on it all year waiting for longer days and cooler weather to crack it open.

Poured it and saw a bit of a thin lacing on a ruddy amber brew. Not a lot of carbonation. But what an aroma! A hearty bouquet of cloves, cinnamon, allspice greets my olfactory nerves. It tastes sweet and Belgian-y, as if a rogue prankster Trappist monk snuck some yeast into a tasty holiday ale. I enjoyed the distinct flavor of the ancho chiles. More of a nuanced hint than anything upfront or overpowering but I thought it made for an interesting, layered brew. My favorite of a recent night’s tasting. Glad I picked up two of these so I have one more to enjoy.

UPDATE:
Enjoyed (revisited) this in December, 2012.

It’s still pouring with some vigor. Appears a toasty malty brown mahogany color with billowy foam that dies down into a tight ring. I get an aroma of clove, nutmeg, cocoa nibs, a light chile ancho hint on the nose. This brew is remarkable with some age—the flavor hits all the right notes and still holds up. Cinnamon and some spice give a light kick. Still has a great body & smooth finish. (1,157 characters)

Photo of mcallister
3.13/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is a damn fine looking winter warmer. Dark russet colored, completely opaque. Almost black. A tall tan head shows that this beer has great carbonation. Fades quickly into a topper and leaves some lacing thin and sticky.

Dark fruits with a bit of berry and nut on the aroma. Full of nutmeg and cinnamon with a pinch of clove. Blue and black berries with a trace of anise almost black licorice. This beer is a year old and there is a slight souring lingering in the background is that the culprit.

This is one odd duck. Somewhat peaty with a very in your face floral herbalness surrounded with spices. Big on spice. Dark fruit takes a back door to the spice as a matter of fact but this is one of those brews. Things seem to be all over the place. Not a bad WW but something is just missing. Very perfumey with a mouth that is thin in the mid palate and long with perfume in the finish. (891 characters)

Photo of grub
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

christmas tasting hosted by biegaman on dec 15/07. he contributed this one. thanks jan!

750ml bottle, corked and caged.

pours deep brown, not quite black, with a small dense brown head. the head drops slowly and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is nice. dark chocolate. bit of funky sourness. hint of alcohol. light roast. grain and crackers.

taste is good. lemony sourness. light funk. bit of dark chocolate. bread and crackers. grain. hint of roast. just a hint of cinnamon. bit of dark fruit.

mouthfeel is good. low carbonation level. nice and smooth. medium body.

drinkability is good. neat funk. nice balance. good depth to this one that keeps it interesting. (663 characters)

Photo of brewandbbq
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle at 50 degrees, courtesy of SouthBay Drugs.

Pours dark mahogany with a ruby translucency when held to the light. A solid two inch head of beige in the shoulders of the tulip faded slowly to reveal a full skim coat on the surface and a few errant dots of lacework.

Aromatics lead off with spicy phenols, cocoa, pepper-dusted raisins, and roasted toffee. Hints of cardamon, cloves, caramel, nougat, and smoke follow through. A hint of Spruce resin and dried pineapple linger. Warming on the nose and complex. A bit of Brett?

Medium bodied with a crisp and slightly creamy mouthfeel. A bit prickly with a bit of tackiness.

Roasted malt, pepper-rubbed cocoa nubs, and spicy raisins start the palate. Hints of char, menthol, and cardamon step forward.

Finishes with a building, spicy warmth, lingering dark-roasted cocoa, and pepper-dusted raisins. Fairly dry with a nicely balancing bitterness.

Nice beer, and I think some more time in the cellar would really pull this one together and mellow out some of the spicing.
I like it as is though. (1,057 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1 pint, 9.4 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass. Color was dark mahogany, closer to black than anything else. Just over an inch of head. Nice amount of frothy lacing on the top, that stayed throughout the beer. The film was sporadic, but stayed. The film always looks better in a pint glass than a pilsner glass, so I’ll take that into consideration.

Initially smelled deep spices with cinnamon and gingerbread the only two I mentioned. Gingerbread is a spice you say? Well it is for this beer. Also smelled cloves, caramel, chocolate and toffee. Good smelling beer.

The taste wasn’t as much like the smell as I would have thought. I got gingerbread first, followed by cinnamon and a deep dark chocolate aftertaste. Spices rule the day here.

Full body. Slick texture. Average carbonation. Long spicy finish.

I liked this beer. It was definitely what I could call a winter beer. Too bad I live in California and can’t really appreciate the winter nature of it. Good beer. (992 characters)

Photo of augustgarage
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750mL caged-and-corked bottle into a snifter. Batch number 65. Cork bursts out violently, but this wasn't a gusher. Served lightly chilled.

Burgandy body shot through with crimson highlights. A tall creamy wheat head persists, leaving wide creamy swaths of lacing, which dissipate in a slow sandy trail amidst shimmering tears.

Caramel corn, challa, and plenty of spice in the nose.

Low bitter chocolate with a hint of ancho flavor (though without any real heat) on the palate. No perceptible hops. Any bitterness comes from the chocolate flavors. The allspice sort of ties together the different malt flavors leading into a dry leafy finish. No diacetyl, despite the partially buttery aromatics.

Creamy, effervescent (one could argue over-carbonated I suppose), and pillowy mouthfeel. Neither the chili or the ABV adds any real heat - the "warmer" part of this beer is a touch lacking except for the combination of spices.

A novel subtle take on the style - distinguished by the effects of bottle conditioning (lots of yeast at work) compared to other examples. (1,083 characters)

Photo of jmarsh123
1.95/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours deep brown with a big creamy tan head. Good retention. Poor lacing.

Cinnamon bomb on the nose along with a heavy dose of nutmeg. I can tell this may be challenging.

Absolute spice bomb. Tons of nutmeg reminding me of my least favorite pumpkin ales along with a heavy dose of cinnamon. Chocolate attempts to come through, but really it's hard to pick anything out over the abundance of spices.

Medium to light bodied a bit high on carbonation.

Blech. This beer is horrible. Nutmeg and cinnamon dominate everything and it's nearly undrinkable. My drain is going to be drunk tonight. (590 characters)

Photo of meatyard
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a clear, dark brown with a 3 finger, tan head that falls to a cover without lacing.
Smell is of spices, some smoke and a slight sweetness.
Taste follows the smell only more intensely. The smoke taste is particularly nice and lingers at the end.
Mouthfeel is thinnish but smooth.
Drinkability is very good. No noticeable alcohol and it feels likely to be low.
I was pleasantly impressed with this beer. It feels like a smoked spice beer, unusual and interesting. (475 characters)

Photo of bjohnson
3.05/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

thanks to solomon420 for sending this offering as part of my ba anniv. gift. 750mL bottle. corked and caged.

Pours an uncharacteristic and surprising thick black color with a frothy and foamy one finger caramel colored head. Big bubbles lazily breaking on top of the head. Nice retention holds with stick thick lacing down the glass. Smells a bit more like a dubbel than a winter warmer. Belgian phenols. Sour notes on top of a sweet chocolate undercurrent. Soft on the nose. Spicy chili's are noticeable. An interesting smelling brew.

Strict sour notes take over the entire senses and scorch the palate. Nestle chocolate powder and coffee notes follow in right before the finish. Sweet fruit concentrate flavors are very noticeable and thin the brew out. To thin in my opinion. Not a very great brew---half drain pour for me--i hope my drain was thirsty. (862 characters)

Photo of RoamingGnome
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of 750 ml bottle into CBS snifter.

A) Deep brown, with a full finger of tan colored coffee house froth. The head settles to a dusting. Decent lacing. Quite inviting.

S) Yeast and chocolate malt. There is lots of spice. I pick up clove an some ginger. The aroma is more intense as this warms to room temperature.

T) Follows the nose pretty well... A nice combination of flavors, yeast, malt, a bit of chocolate, clove, ginger, and cinnamon. The finish is earthy and smoky. The aftertaste is really where you pick up the chili pepper, but it works really well.

M) Close to full bodied, with a moderate amount of carbonation. This is silky smooth, which I found surprising, based upon the spice in the aroma and taste. This has a really nice balance.

O) I don't drink a ton of winter warmers, but I've had my share. This offering is top notch, and I would gladly recommend. (886 characters)

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.32/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at The Jug Shop. 2011 Vintage.

Pours a deep plum, inch of head, nice lacing.

The smell has gingerbread, plum, spices galore and a nice caramel background.

The taste starts with dark fruit and nutmeg. This is closely followed by a heap of Christmas spices, cinnamon and clove being the most pronounced. Caramel and pine make an appearance as well. A little heavily carbonated for my taste.

Ages very very well. Not as much of a fan fresh though. (460 characters)

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Winter Ale from Telegraph Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.