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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 3.61/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
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A beautifully spiced golden ale. To the choicest imported malts and hops, we add organic black locust honey from Breene County, fresh Chinese white ginger and hand-peeled orange zest, making this one of our most complex ales.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shot (154) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2013
On tap at Barley’s Smokehouse. Light copper color with a very thin head that dissipates completely. Aromas of cinnamon, brown sugar and a hint of citrus. Flavors are bread and muted cinnamon, clove, honey and just a bit of citrus. Crisp mouthfeel. Good ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
LilBeerDoctor (3504) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2013
On tap at Barleys Smokehouse. Pours a clear ruby orange with a thin white head. Aroma of lots of spices including ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Flavor of cinnamon, nutmeg, sweet malt. Less ginger and other spices. Ok Christmas ale- very sweet and heavily spiced. 6/4/6/3/12 (3.1/5)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Markm2151 (280) - toledo, USA - JUL 30, 2013
Cinnamon and spice and everything nice about a Christmas ale, just a little past its prime

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Imaena (1855) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 28, 2013
Draught. Wow this is a spicy beer. Like taking a shot of nutmeg. It is good for the season but be ready to a flavor explosion.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jrallen34 (3483) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2011
The beer pours an orangy copper color with a light white head, light carbonation. The aroma is light nutmeg, cinamin, pine and alcohol. The taste is light and delicate which is good because with the aromas this beer could be really overwhelming. The taste you get are a lots of tart pine and alcohol dominating with nutmeg mixed in there. The beer is too watery and not very drinkable. Overall a decent spiced winter beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JaBier (4956) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2008
On tap at the Smokehouse. Pours a clear amber with a minimal off-white head. Spicy aroma of cinnamon, clove and ginger. Lots of cinnamon flavor mixed with a bit of tartness, followed by the ginger and clove flavors. Medium finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - JAN 29, 2008
On tap. Pours a coppery color with a smallish white head. Aroma is ginger, ornage peel, clove, cinnamon, Flavor is again orange zest, clove, ginger, cinnamon, light caramel. Palate is medium bodied, medium carbonation, finished spicy and sweet. Not very well balanced, soso.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - DEC 29, 2007
Had a night of debauchery out with Robert and Rick. We started at the Smokehouse. This was my second selection, actually I finished Robert’s, he didn’t like it. Toasty nose of butterscotch and caramel - very appealing. The brew is clear copper. The NO2 off white head is of course uber creamy with a sheet of lace. The flavor is very toasty with moderate spice and acidity. The finish is long and very pleasant. The full body is creamy and very soft. The finish feels clean.
Earlier Rating: 11/28/2002 Total Score: 3.7
Had this off the tap. Stellar nose of predominately ginger and cinnamon. Pours a clear ruby with a thin but creamy white (tap) head. Tastes very complex and warm with no shortage of sweetness and spicyness. Acidity is moderate with a strong citrus presence. Finishes overwhealmingly cinnamonish. The medium oily body is fizzy and finishes alcoholic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 27, 2007
Draft at the alehouse. Pours clear, ruby red with a nice white head. Classic christmas aroma - ginger, gingerbread, cinnamon, nutmeg, etc. Well done. Taste is all the same spices, medium body with a honey finish. This is very similar to a fresh Great Lakes Christmas. Certainly a very good example of the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2007
Had on draft at the Alehouse. Poured a nice clear amber color. Sweet smell of nutmeg and cinnamon. Taste was a wondeful blend of sweet malts, with cloves, ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg. I found this beer to be very drinkable and enjoyable.

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