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Edenton Winter Cheer Royal StoutEdenton Winter Cheer Royal Stout

Brewed by:
Edenton Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by mntlover on 12-09-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 42 |  Reviews: 42
Reviews by soulfly967:
Photo of soulfly967
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one poured a nice dark brown with some red highlights when held to the light and had a nice tan head that left some good lacing. The smell was of some roasted malts and fresh brewed coffee. The taste was of bittersweet chocolate and coffee with a slightly bitter hoppy finish. The mouthfeel was fairly decent, medium bodied, smooth and moderately carbonated. This was a pretty drinkable beer, especially on these crappy Western Pennsylvania nights. I'm sure I would drink this again.

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Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a jet black nothing showing thru even when held up to the light with a thinner mocha colored head,milk chocolate and strong french roast coffee I even picked up a touch of herbalness hmm some hops here.Quite a dry stout here very earthy and woody wow minimal sweetness a touch of biter chocolate and french roast coffee,raw nutty/earthy finish wich is quite abrupt.I think the alcohol is deceiving just a raw stout very dry and somewhat complex,I think well done.

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Photo of blitz134
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very nice pour on this one. Head almost got out of hand in my standard pint when I poured it. About as close to being opaque black as you can get without actually getting there. Body looks to have a hint of red. Head was a nice creamy light brown. Heavy chunks of floaties making their rounds in the glass. Good lacing as well.

A nice aroma which presents itself as mainly sweet. Sweet with malts and smells of dark fruits. A slight bit of citrus hops in as well. Maybe a bit of vanilla and sweet chocolate. Nice...

Taste doesn't come through as most stouts would. This one has only a bit of toasted flavors in the background that work well with the spices that present themself initially, which is mainly nutmeg. The spices also play well with the bit of carbonation and work to tingle the sides of the tounge. A very simple but effective flavor which is much intune with its name of "Winter Cheer".

Mouthfeel is fairly full as expected and quite enjoyable without being too heavy. This is an easy drinking stout which has the right amount of flavor to keep it interesting but isn't too heavy to weigh you down. Nicely done.

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Photo of merlin48
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown and opaque body with a small tan head that hangs around several minutes and has a nice lacing effect.
Aroma is mostly dark roasted malts, with burnt coffee beans and some earthy hops.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Taste is mildly bitter all the way through, with an overwhelming note of burnt coffee. Earthy and grassy hops, and an almond nuttiness add a nice complexity. Chocolate malt is very understated, but adds enough character to produce a bitttersweet finish that still leaves an aftertaste of burnt coffee beans.
This is a classic dry stout that is definitely a rewarding sipper on a cold winter night. Thanks to mtnlover for bringing this one my way.

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Photo of warriorsoul
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to hoppedup for this one...first snowfall of the season as far as I'm concerned...decided to spread some Winter cheer.
Jet black with a 1/2" of tan head...very little lacing as it fades.
Roasted malt, caramel and a generous portion of dark chocolate in the aroma.
Taste is pretty good. I'm real surprised to see this one pushing 8%...very well masked. Milk chocolate up front with a heft dose of bittering, floral hops...drying up the finish, along with a touch of coffee.
I'd prefer a hint more sweetness, but still a tasty brew.
A tad thin and the carbonation high.
Really like the Big Boss...this one falls a bit short for me.

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Jet black with mild red highlights. Mild head and minimal lacing.

Smell: Roasted malts, espresso beans, chocolate, mild molasses, and honey.

Taste: The espresso seems to overpower the rest of the flavors, but they are all still present from the smell.

Mouthfeel: Feels thin for a stout.

Drinkability: Not a bad just stout but it's not particularly memorable

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Photo of ByTor2112
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was very carbonated. Poured a thick dark brown, no light passing through. Thick espresso looking head. Sweet aroma that was roasty/toasty. There is something sweet in there, fruitish, almost like Cherries! Moving on, Nice bitterness hits the palate then the chocolate and dark roasted malts come into play, Sweet flavors with a dry hop bitterness on the finish. At 8% this Stout does not give up the alcohol essence. A great Stout that combines sweet and dry and bittern flavors.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can't decide if the label is cheesy, subtly sexy, tacky, all 3, or none of the above. Well, doesn't matter, let's pour this sucker and see what happens...

Pours an oily blood-red black...looks like black ink spiked with blood. When in the glass it's an impenetrable capital-B Black. Frothy tan head unfortunately settles to a thin layer quickly. Lots of bubbles slowly crawl to the top, and abstract lace splotches dot the glass.

Abundant aromas: earthy, fruity, hoppy, plenty of chocolate/coffee aromas swirling together with everything else.

At first sip I'm reminded of Storm King in terms of complexity, having that bitter/rich/sweet/fruity/tingly combo happening. Add a distinct soy sauce zing to the mix and you get a complex profile. But that soy sauce flavor sticks around in the aftertaste while all the other flavors fall away too quickly, and it bugs me. Would've scored higher if the balance was better.

Although it seems just a degree off in terms of the flavor balance, I found this to be unique and incredibly flavorful. This was my first Edenton offering and it won't be the last.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, brought by blackie on his tractor

appearance: pours a deep dark mahogany, almost black, creamy khaki-tan head, very little in the way of lacing...pretty standard

smell: very very subtle...slighty roasty, bittersweet chocolate, milky and creamy...slight licorice, mild coffee

taste: again, very subtle, almost bland. its got creamy milk chocolate taste to it, very mild licorice, light mild roast coffee. Maybe this is better on tap, maybe this bottle just isnt right.

mouthfeel: silk and creamy, alcohol not noticeable at all

drinkability: easy drinking

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Photo of silver0rlead
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a completely opaque black with a thin tan head (forgiveable given the abv). The aroma is massive, with notes of expresso, chocolate, blackstrap molasses, smoked peat, and some floral and piney hops. The flavor also has a nice roasted, expresso bitterness, as well as dark chocolate, blackstrap molasses, smokey character, and some piney and floral hops. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with medium body and light carbonation, and drinkability is excellent with almost no trace of alcohol. A massive dry stout, thats extremely drinkable and well balanced, the new winter cheer is awesome.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark, raisin, black and purple with a bright light tan head that leaves a veneer of lace on the glass.
Aroma of bitter chocolate, smoky charcoal and some oats.
Flavor of hint of sweet milk chocolate, some lactic, hint of sourness and some roasted nuttiness with light bittering.
Mouthfeel is thin, too thin for style but not unpleasant. A slightly sweet lactic hit and faint roastiness.
Drinkability is decent. Nothing too memorable but not bad.

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Photo of wedge
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very black with only the slightest hint of light at the edges. Small creamy tan head on top quickly drops an retains as a bubbly layer. The aroma is unfortunately faint…hops and creamy roasted chocolate and coffee malts are pleasant but difficult to find until it warms up. The taste is thankfully a bit more forward. Roasted, bittersweet malty flavors mix cleanly with a fresh hoppiness. Medium, slightly creamy mouthfeel with a solid bitterness. No hint of its strength anywhere. Seriously, this stuff has dangerous drinkability for an 8% abv brew.

I like the balance of this stout. Definately let it warm up awhile before you pour it though. Too cool and the subtle flavors and aromas won't come through. I'll be returning to this throughout the winter.

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Photo of blackie
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: Had on tap at the brewpub, overlooking the brewing operation. The .5" thick head slowly receds, leaving chunks of foam floating on the surface. The beer is near black in color with only a little brown light escaping from the sides of the glass. Moderate lacing is left behind.

smell: roasted malts, a perfect level of sweetness, some bittersweet chocolate. The beer smells great and is not overdone in any facet. The hops remain in the background, providing a nice balancing aroma. No ethanol whatsoever detected.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is on the lower end of medium, and the body is medium. The beer is very smooth, almost a little creamy on the tongue.

taste: The first thing I notice is how well done the sweetness of this stout is...just right. The sweetness goes great with the roasted and chocolate flavors. Just the right presence of hop bitterness. Some light hints of cold coffee. As in the nose, there is no ethanol detected here. Finish is slightly bitter and roasty.

drinkability: dangerous

This stout is subtle, yet perfectly complex. It's very smooth, and even smells so. This marks the first time I've had this beer since it was made legal for Edenton Brewing to announce it's 8% ABV. I can't help but feel as though last year's recipe may have been improved.

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Photo of buckiflyer
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12 ounce bottle, part of a sixer bought at the brewery after I had it on draft. Pours a midnight black color, small dark brown head, lacing throughout the glass while drinking. Roasted malt, chocolate and coffee smell. Great taste, roasted chocolate sweet taste with a slight coffee finish, very smooth finish, not a big alcohol finish, hard to belive its 8%. Good thick mouthfeel. I really like this stout, pefect beer to finish off a cold winter night. keep up the good work edenton.

note: draft at brewery was not quit as good, lacked head and carbonation.

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Photo of rsyberg01
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

S - 12 oz. bottle, another little treat from doppelmeup. The best way to spread christmas cheer is by cracking open a fresh cold beer.

A - Chocolatey head is beautiful, and looks delectably tasty. Pour is black with a deep ruby twinge in the shallows.

S - Red licorice, chocolate, coffee on the back burner. Really quite a significant scent, I am really digging it.

T - Sweet with a touch of tartness up front, burnt coffee, dark chocolate, fruit tucked in the middle, possibly raspberry, bitter speaks up near the end, very nice.

M - Quite nice, slick then dry, hoped for a bit more viscosity but it isnt very detrimental to the beer because what it does have is good.

D - Quite palatable to say the least, I would say three in a sitting is about the fatigue rate. Thanks again dave for this tasty carbonated alcoholic beverage.

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Photo of mntlover
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours black, brownish red highlights when held to the light, with a nice two finger tan head that falls to nice half inch cap that laces well. Aroma is a little light roasted malt with coffee aromas dominating but some chocolate and hops sneaking thru. Taste starts full big and creamy, might be creamy because you end up taking part of the head in with your beer, then mouthfeel mellows out to a roasted liquid that has a burnt coffee like flavor with some sweetness and bitterness combining to finish. Leaves a lingering bitterness that seems to come from the roasted malt more then the hops. Almost seemed like I picked up some cherry in it but probably my imagination. Mouthfeel is strange starts heavey and creamy because you can't help but swallowing part of that big head then it turns liquidly and lighter overall a good experience. Drinkability is good went threw 2 of these while taking notes. Not a bad litlle stout kind of a cross between a dry and an American.

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Photo of daliandragon
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Attractive if somewhat impure label pours silky and jet black into my pint glass with impressive brown head and ready lacing. The head dwindles to a half finger after about a minute but the lace remains sticky and binding. Nose features roasted coffee malt and chocolate tones. This would be a five for smell if it was about double the strength. As is, this is still an appetising stout.

Taste is powerful enough, with heavy waves of coffee malt and a hop tempered but generally sweet flavor that finishes with enough bitterness to satisfy. Tasty, and without a rumor of alcohol, which is impressive at 8% abv. Almost dangerously easy to drink. This is a terrific winter stout and I''ll be picking up more soon.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Acquired from unclejedi courtesy of Little Guy BIF, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color with a thin light brown head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts and a touch of dark fruit.

T: The taste is of dark chocolate, coffee, dark fruit and hearty toasted malts. There’s a very mild hops presence and the sweetness does not over-power you as it can in some stouts. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Very smooth with a good amount of crispness for the style, medium-to-heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down pretty easily, slightly filling, very good representation of style, nice kick, this seems like one of the few stouts that you could drink for a very long time, most others will fill up and/or knock you out rather quickly. I think I could drink several over the course of an evening and enjoy them.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown body, a little light gets through at the top and bottom of the glass. No head, a little lacing is left over.

Smell: Rich and chocolate, like a dark chocolate brownie, with a good coffee presence

Taste: Not as rich or full as the smell would have you believe. Malty and fairly bitter, but not very strong with either cocoa or coffee. Still, hops do come through wuite well in this one, offering a nice piney background presence.

Mouthfeel: A little thin, coul stand to be a little heavier.

Drinkability: Not my favorite stout ever, but not bad, drinkable, with a nice looking bottle... This is also my first brew from North Carolina, thanks to Blackie.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle came to me courtesy of aksmokedporter. Thanks!

I am drinking a chiled 12 oz bottle in a pint glass.
The beer pours a deep chestnut color with little to no lite passing.
The creamy, spongy tan head of 2cm foams up nicely and recedes slowly.
Aroma is rich and malty with caramel, and raisin, mixing with some brown sugar as well. As the beer sits a roasted malt hit comes through stronger.
The hops poke through with just a hint of herbal or grassy notes in the background. Nose is dominated my malt.
First sip reveals a silky and creamy body with fine yet tingly carbonation.
The flavor is just as the nose advertises, malt and malt. I get some sweet caramel and brown sugar up front, which gives way to the roasted malt hits and now a bit of espresso bitter as well. There is a bit of a sweet twang in the middle that I cant place but it is appealing.
I cant find the hops that briefly appear on the nose.
The beer is smooth and enjoyable, with a high drinkability.
A well crafted beer IMO.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.39/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via beer-rade with merlin48.

Appearance - very dark, I can just barely see through this blackish red beer. Not much head, it provides a thin but stable light mocha cap with some stray sticky lacing.

Aroma - soft aroma of roasted malts with a light amount of coffee. Fades a bit after the head settles to an almost undetectable level.

Taste - lots of mildly sweet dark chocolate and roasted malt. Some brief hop bitterness hits around the swallow, it doesn't develop much before a smoky coffee element finishes the taste.

Mouthfeel - smooth and thick. Goes down like carbonated chocolate milk, even leaves that milky residue at the back of the throat.

Drinkability - big flavor, definitely one to get again. Almost too intense for a session, but one to savor.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mmmm...winter cheer. I'm drinking this beer tonight in hopes that winter ends soon...that will bring some cheer. Pours a deep dark brown color, with a solid inch thick tan head that slowly dissipates to a thin lace around the edge of the pint glass. Has a bit of a ripe soapy aroma to go along with the dark chocolate and black coffee.

Body is creamy and melds nicely with the chocolatey sweetness this brings to the table. Notes of buttercream add to the flavors of this dessert style sweet stout, but the hops let you know that it's not all sweet in the finish, giving this the bitterness it needs for balance. Aftertaste is burnt and a bit smoky, adding a bit more complexity. My first beer from this NC brewer, and I'd certainly be up for trying some of their other offerings. Thanks to Ninjaworm for sending me this fine offering in the close of BIF 11.

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Photo of WesWes
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a deep dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice roasted malt scent that boasts of crystal and roasted malts. It's got black malt earthiness with the sweet chocolate malt aroma. The taste is great. It has an earthy black malt flavor that is not too intense, but rather very mild and enjoyable. It's balanced well with a crystal malt sweetness as well as a slight nutty finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very drinkable stout especially at 8% abv.. It full flavored with a damn good aroma; awesome.

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Photo of orfeu
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of oberon, one of many great North Carolina beers he handed over to me in trade -- many thanks! A nice looking beer -- even nicer-looking than the cutie on the label! -- with a glossy ebony body and a dense, medium-strength dark khaki head. Dark berry notes in the aroma, with some floral hops and a bit of anise; mild alcohol vapors give off a scent not unlike that of Scotch Magic tape (I know that sounds unappetizing, but it's really not so bad). Quite a mellow taste with some earthy and floral hop flavors enveloping a darkly roasted malt middle. Some sweet dark cherry and licorice flavors emerge at the finish, which is dry and noticeably astringent from the high alcohol content. The finish is the only aspect of the taste in which the alcohol reveals itself, which is quite an accomplishment I'd say. Sour, almost vinous aftertaste. Slightly slick mouthfeel, with a medium body. Becomes chewier as it warms. An interesting stout to say the least; not big enough in flavor or body to be of the Imperial variety, but the abv is certainly larger than the style usually allows for. Very glad to have had the opportunity to try this one.

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Photo of BrewMaster
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown, mostly cloudy with a lacy head that hardly covers the surface of the beer.

Smell: Roasty with coffee scents and a sweet floral scent. Very nice.

Taste: A rich flavor with a dry, roasty, sweet & sour, and chocolatey character. Well balanced and impressive for a lower alcohol stout. It has a very nice blend of flavors.

Mouthfeel: Rather light bodied for the style but the flavor is bold enough to make it feel bigger than it really is. Well done in that respect.

Drinkability: This is a beer I would gladly consume all day. It is impressive in it balance of flavors and texture.

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Edenton Winter Cheer Royal Stout from Edenton Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 42 ratings