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RATINGS: 530   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.11   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
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The chill of a Colorado high-country winter calls for a beer with extra flavor and strength. Here it is. At over 7% alcohol, with a sturdy texture and rich flavors of caramel and chocolate, our holiday seasonal is the fermented equivalent of a good fire.
The ultimate winter warmer.
Available: November-December


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
QuezXLV (398) - Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2014
Great amber color and a bubbly tan suds. Hints of spices with a subtle carbonation. Faint aroma but fruity and pleasant. - Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (2875) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2014
1 litre fliptop
This 2008 vintage was an unexpected find on the shelves in Bloomington. Signed by members of the brewery it appeared to be part of a limited run. Whatever the origins the beer inside was a decent Christmas ale. This does not seem like a likely candidate for long term aging. Much past six years I could see it falling off; it already felt as if it was missing some of its luster.

Aroma / Appearance - A reddish black base is the color of almost ripe blackberries. Flattish head lives a short life before fading away like mist. Ripe plums, cinnamon, and other seasonal contributions create a picture of a cold winter day by the fireplace with a live fir tree. It does manage to feel boozy despite being only 7% ABV.

Flavor / Palate - Plum, chocolate, whipped cream, and malt have thinned out over the years. Rather than a chewy texture the product has a soft edge like melting ice - one misstep and the whole thing will collapse. If not for the uniqueness of the bottle Id probably been just as happy with a fresh 12 ounce bottle.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (6767) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 25, 2014
12oz bottle pours with a clear amber body that has thin copper edges and supports a thin dirty white head. The aroma offers up dark fruity esters, candy sugar, ripe cherries, some molasses and malts and then just a touch of smoke around the edge of the experience. Nice aroma. The taste is smooth and pretty rich with cherries, candi sugar, malts and a slight molasses note. To midway a modest roasted maltiness surfaces to add some balance to the sweetness. Nice stuff and I get snippets of smoky malts here and there too.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
60minuteman (694) - Frazer, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2014
Clear mahogany color. Thin head. Aroma of roasted malt, hop, pine, caramel sweetness and cinnamon. Taste is sweet and sticky. Thin body. More spice on the tongue. OK ASA

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HighlanderOne (983) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - JAN 3, 2014
Poured from bottle. Aroma of malt, spice and hops. Mahogany color, almost no head. I taste toasted malt, spices ( nutmeg, cinnamon, maybe some ginger), pepper. Feel is just a bit watery but also quite drinkable. This is similar to several other seasonals of this style, but still pretty good.

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maxbier (139) - Maryland, USA - DEC 30, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2013 Medium brown with thin head. Minimal aroma. Creamy spicy, flavors of apple, finishes like a cider. Not offensive.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jimsal27 (205) - New York, USA - DEC 26, 2013
Pours a light brown with little to no head. Aroma is non existent. Maybe faint aroma of yeast and chocolate. Flavor is bland with creamy mouthfeel. Could use some extra carbonation.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EithCubes (4701) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Bottle. Pours darkish amber-brown with a short beige head. Nose is sweet with light caramel and fruit, taste more of the same, with some brown sugar and faint spice. Surprised that its not that sweet, but does have a rich and tumbling malt mouthfeel with creamy butter and butterscotch edges. Very low toast/nuts, well-concealed alcohol, fullish body. Blander than it sounds, missing a keystone.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jhamp9 (1012) - Corinth, Texas, USA - DEC 24, 2013
Dark mahogany with a nice lasting cream head. Great lacing. Aroma is Christmas spices and caramel. Taste us the same with a bit vegetable. Medium body.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ed5388 (1970) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 22, 2013
12oz bottle from Crossroads Spirits. Pours a hazy dark amber color with a finger of foamy tan head. Aroma of grain, caramel malt, spices, and ash. Taste is slightly ashy, caramel, toasted malt, cinnamon, chocolate, and yeast.


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