Santa's Secret | Carolina Brewery

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3.8 w/ 34 ratings

Brewed by:
Carolina Brewery
North Carolina, United States

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-23-2003

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3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.12/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of abernethyj
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of chinchill
3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can at the 2017 AJF.
Pours with a hazy brown body and a decent head.
Aroma is that expected in a lightly spiced American brown ale.
More spiced and less hops in the flavor.
Medium body and carbonation.
Overall: disappointing.

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Photo of ewright
3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I picked up a growler at their Pittsboro location this past weekend. They released this beer on 11/13, so it couldn't have been very old!

A: A fairly standard ruddy amber color, but absolutely no head. Not sure what happened, but there was practically no carbonation.

S: Large amounts of spices were evident. The bartender said they use cinnamon, allspice, coriander and orange peel. I definitely noticed the cinnamon and orange.

T: The taste was pretty decent, given the lack of carbonation. The spices showed up without overpowering the maltiness.

M: Low due to virtually no carbonation. I was really disappointed, as I thought it had a chance to be a superb Christmas ale.

D: Again, the carbonation problem dropped this score a bit. My wife and I still drained the growler over the course of the day, so it wasn't a total waste.

This is the first time I've had problems with a fresh, flat growler. Hopefully it will be the last!

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Photo of Scott_McCool
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dave317
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Arrives at bar with a clear amber color and a modest head that dots the pint glass

Smell: Spicy aroma of orange peel, coriander, cinnamon and allspice

Taste: Opens with a fruity/biscuity element with is followed by a burst of holiday spices that are dominated by the orange peel; after the swallow, there is a bit of spice confusion with just too much orange peel in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Plenty of flavor but I can't say that I really liked it very much

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Photo of oberon
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have been to Chapel Hill to the brewpub a few times,here in Greensboro Roger over at Bestway has some growlers of their stuff,I havent had a good winter warmer yet this year so I picked this up today.Poured a lighter amber shade with a billowing two finger white head atop that stuck like glue to my standard pint glass.The clear growler let in some light and the slight skunk showed thru in the nose,it didnt overpower the aroma but it did stand out,some cinnamon did show thru but obviously it is probably better fresh.Flavors dont have the skunk intruding on it,nutmeg,cinnamon, candied orange,and toasty malt flavors mainly,a toasted sweetsh cereal flavor lingers nicely.I would like to try this straight from the tap,the skunkiness does hinder wich is a pretty good beer for the style.

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Photo of Keith27614
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woodchip
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of UltimateLivewire
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of willardt09
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AmitC
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of atsprings
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Cherry Bomb Grill served in a standard pint glass a crisp orange with a decent off white head that leaves slight lacing on the glass and leaves decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is caramel malts in front of mild spice. The taste is a nice amount of crisp spices such as cinnamon, brown sugar, nutmeg and mild vanilla in front of sweet caramel malts. The beer is quite light and smooth with decent carbonation. This is a very enjoyable Winter Warmer, not the best I've had, but one I would certainly have again.

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Photo of jak
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jordanbryan10
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: Medium amber beer with a one finger khaki head receding to a slight layer on top.

smell and taste: Apparently spiced with coriander, orange, allspice, and cinnamon. Almost immediately, this beer reminds me of Great Lakes Christmas Ale. The spices are tastefully blended, with nothing really overpowering. Plenty of sweet malt character to support the spice, tending towards the pale and caramel side of things. Possibly a touch of vanilla.

mouthfeel: Low carbonation with a smooth body bordering on full.

drinkability: A pleasant winter sipper

on-tap at the brewpub last night

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of BigGingDrinker
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of andy1701
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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Santa's Secret from Carolina Brewery
Beer rating: 58.8% out of 100 with 34 ratings
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