Santa's Secret | Carolina Brewery

BA SCORE
58.8%
Liked This Beer
3.8 w/ 34 ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Carolina Brewery
North Carolina, United States
carolinabrewery.com

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-23-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#20,334
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
34
Liked:
20
Avg:
3.8/5
pDev:
9.47%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
7
Trade:
0
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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 nick_perry
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pleasant holiday spice and gingerbread notes artfully assembled on the malt structure. Smooth mouthfeel. Lingering, slightly sweet finish.

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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 psmith161
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 fscottkey
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: [4.50] Nice copper color. Beer is very transparent with no bubbles forming on the glass. There is a small amount of head that provides a full white cap for the beer. The can lists the ABV at 5.9% and the best by date 3/24/15.

S: [4.00] Caramel, bread and bananas. I am getting hints of all 3. And I am getting nutmeg of cinnamon. The nose is a little like a batch of warm Xmas cookies.

T: [4.00] Tastes a little like a Snickerdoodle in a glass. The malt backbone is great and really brings forward the sweetness. The spices are playful and nice. I am getting very little hop bittering. The flavor is similar to the nose. Sweet Christmas cookies. Nutmeg, brown sugar, caramel and toffee.

M: [3.75] The body is really smooth with a low carbonation level. The finish is sweet and there is no dryness.

O: [4.00] I got this as a birthday present. It is a one off beer. I couldn't drink more than one in a sitting but it is really nice. Carolina went out on a limb to make something that is very unique. It is sweet and delicious. The can says "Christmas in a glass" - I kind of agree. I love snickerdoodle cookies and this spice blend reminds me of that very much. The smells of spices became more prominent as the beer warmed up. I would love to get more of these next year to share!

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Photo of goldzconv
4.37/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WoodBrew
3.12/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 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 Keith27614
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gpblackgt
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of woodchip
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of ncstateplaya
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of dave317
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of UltimateLivewire
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of andy1701
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Amedlin18
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 AmitC
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of abernethyj
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of discdueler
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Wine 101 in Wake Forest

A - orange with a soft, off white head that has great retention

S - cinnamon, nutmeg, pie spice

T - cinnamon, nutmeg, pie spice, pie crust

M - medium bodied, smooth, perfectly carbonated

This is a fantastic beer. This was like drinking pie. It has a crust-like malt presence and a spice character that would compliment any apple or pumpkin pie. This is one of the better winter warmers I have had. This is definitely worth a try.

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Photo of brewdude1982
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was on tap at wine 101 in Wake Forest.

This beer pours a burnt orange color. Reasonable clarity. Smells like possibly ginger and then the usual Christmas spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, et al. Tastes strongly of ginger and then the usual Xmas spices. Pleasant taste and I would recommend to others. It has a decent mouth feel. Decent carbonation.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of VncentLIFE
4.64/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Maybe I had an infected batch, but all night I was geting a lactic sourness from their beers.

Pour was dull orange, minimal head. Not very impressive.

Smell was even slightly acidic and lactic. I like the touches of ginger and brown sugar. The spices are like a gingerbread cookie.

OMG this off batch is fantastic. I talked to the manager of both the Chapel Hill and Pittsboro locations, and he said the sourness wasnt intentional to his knowledge. There is a decent earthy malt backbone, but the highlight is the spices. They hit their idea dead-on. Then comes the sourness. I definitely feel lactic/acidic/vinegar sourness. I think it adds another layer of complexity that is abnormal and makes it amazing. Too bad its not intentional.

I know it wasnt intentional, but the beer is still phenomenal.

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