Rich and malty aroma composed of a basket of dark fruits: raisins, cherries, prunes, red grapes. Quite inviting. Rich caramel flavors meet dark fruits, the story of this beer. Raisins, prunes and grapes combine for a rich initial flavor. The 10% alcohol wastes no time grabbing the wheel and offering a really nice warmth. Spirts-like cleansing, sherry, rum-soaked fruit, all without being an alcoholic mess.
Perhaps a hint of wood comes next, but the main supporting actors are coriander and cardamom and cloves. Those spices don't take over on their own, thankfully. Rather, they bring out and highlight the fruits even more, like this beer was a baked good or something.
Hold up. I'm pouring another giant glass from my wine bottle. So much for not disturbing the yeast at the bottom.
So you have a really nice creamy texture. The carbonation is big and fine and awesome. Good body. Not syrupy sweet, yet sticky and boozy. Sweet wins but this is a well-balanced beer. The finish is a little drier and fruity flavors linger along with a bit more alcohol warmth. Complex and very enjoyable, I wish I would have shared. Grab a bottle before it's too late. Oh, and "Special Winter Ale"? Whatever, my AC just kicked on for the 100th time today!