Bluegrass Ebenezer Spiced Ale
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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 3.34/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   IBU: 16   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
BBC’s annual Christmas Ale. Smooth amber ale spiced with ginger, sweet orange peel, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TAR (2691) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - OCT 29, 2001
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2003 Draft: Not a bad Christmas ale. A bit on the trendy side with all the spices. Nutmeg and ginger? Orange flavors as well, light body, copper color, and little alcohol for a winter beer. Soft as well. Only on draft in the fall and winter months.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 6, 2007
Pours reddish brown with a mostly receding light tan head. Aroma of nutmeg, cinnamon and Christmas spices. Taste of gingerbread, cinnamon, spiced bread, caramel, and sweet syrup. Mouthfeel is full bodied and slightly sticky with soft to moderate carbonation. Very nice spiced aled.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
decaturstevo (5850) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JAN 10, 2011
Amber pour with off white head and lace. Aroma of holiday spice, clove, and cinnamon. Clove and cinnamon with a dry bitter finish. Thin and waery but a pretty special holiday beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (44143) - VestJylland, DENMARK - OCT 3, 2011

Bottle 750ml.

[ Bottle # 8/77 ]. Clear medium to dark amber colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, spicy, nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin spices. Flavour is moderate to light heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long to average duration, cardemomme. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20110930]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
saxo (16989) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 30, 2011
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Nice head with good duration. Color is hazy amber. Aroma and taste are caramel, xmas spices, fruits, malt and hops. High carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brigadier (3550) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2009
On tap at brewpub
A nice winter warmer for the price ($2.50) I would have enjoyed this even at the cost of a full pint. The only real regret I have is that I had enough that I saved little room for a great BA Rye Porter that followed. If you pick carefully at the BBC you can actually try beers that are not total trainwrecks (ie "lambics").

Aroma / Appearance - Weak headed, the body was the color of dulled copper that has yet to turn green. Spiced nutmeg, clove, and caramel were just a subset of experiences that also included iced gingersnap cookies. It smells a bit like someone dropped a roll of sweet tarts into Dr Pepper.

Flavor / Palate - Heavily spiced candy canes attack the senses for around a minute. Overly sweet and cloying it needs to take this aspect down a notch. More body or less spice would put it on par with an average year of Great Lakes Christmas Ale. Coming from the BBC however I will take what I can get.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rateyourpoison (198) - chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2010
750ml btl numbered 1/77 brewmaster. Pours a rusty copper with an almost non-existent head. Super spiced aroma of ginger, cinnamon and other seasonal spices. Medium bodied mouthfeel not much carbonation. Nice caramel malt base, lots of that same xmas spice, raisins. A hint of alcohol, pleasantly warming. I wish it had a bit more body and a little more carbonation, but an enjoyed seasonal on a snowy night.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rasmus40 (17823) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 30, 2011
fonefan tasting. Clear dark amber with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel and very spicy - cardemum and nutmeg. Flavor is quite sweet. Dry finish. High carbonation. 300911

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsenbryg (371) - Holstebro, DENMARK - OCT 16, 2011
Malt og korn, ristet karamel, træ fad, krydret, fresken, abrikos, brunlig, sød, medium fylde.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shigadeyo (3635) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2013

12/03/2010: BBC Ebenezer (through a Randall of dried fruits and cinnamon sticks)... Aroma: Dry clove, orange, cinnamon, nutmeg. Appearance: Amber color, frothy light beige crown. Flavor: Very much like the aroma along with some slightly sweet and bready maltiness underneath. Palate: Medium-light to medium body; smooth. Overall: Nice balance of flavors; easy to drink.

Draught sample(s) during the BBC "Backroom Brawl" at Party Town in Florence, KY. Rating #15 for this beer.

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