This oddly named beer is far more tasty than you might expect from its title. The name is a reflection that the beer has been spiced—but you won't find any dill or preservatives (other than hops, of course) in this beer, so, not to worry. Traditionally, many wintertime beers are spiced with various ingredients, and the collective term for this style of beer is "Winter Warmer," owing in part to the warming effect felt in the belly as the beers carry what is, by traditional British standards, an elevated alcohol content (typically in the 6% range.) This beer rides the line between being an ESB (Extra Special Bitter) and a Winter Warmer, bringing forth the best of both styles: the spices and intrigue of a warmer, and the bitterness and easy drinking character of an ESB. On the nose, expect sweet, rich, malty notes and a solid dosing of spices such as nutmeg, allspice, clove, and cinnamon, though these are experienced more prominently in the flavor profile than by the nose. Look for a lightly sweet flavor with notes of plums, raisins, and apples, and a light citrus tartness to it, all capped by ample amounts of nutmeg, cinnamon, gingerbread, and the slightest twinge of coriander. Citrusy hop flavor works to amplify the spice profile in a most unique fashion. Finishes with a spicy, nutmeg, bitter note as the hops execute their bitterness profile. Due to the spicing in this beer, we skipped pairing and just enjoyed it on its own, though it would work well as a substitute for liquor in a seasonal eggnog recipe (aka "brewnog").