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RATINGS: 534   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


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nakedwhendrunk (2092) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - FEB 18, 2014
Reviewed from notes. Consumed December 15, 2012. The appearance has a dark amber colored body with a one finger white foamy head that lasts for a half a minute before dieing to a one finger film that sticks around for most of the rest of the beer. While dieing to the one finger film, some nice clingy lacing graces the pint glass. Since the body is slightly transparent, some light carbonation is seen slowly rising. The smell has some hops, caramel and spices up front. Some chocolate comes out slightly after warming up a bit. The taste is pretty much the same as the smell leaning closer to sweet. On the palate, it sits about a medium with a smooth almost nice creaminess that comes out. Overall, hey, I like this one. I would definitely come back to this. Good for the style, pretty good for me.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Slipstream (2024) - USA - FEB 13, 2014
On tap at Top Hops. Dark pour with amber hilites. Perfumed aroma with a little citrus and Christmas cookies. A big brown/amber ale with a bit of coffee, nutmeg, woodsmoke, and allspice. Pretty dry, with a touch of sourness. Very drinkable, like most Breckenridge releases. Underrated imo.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Caytinator (943) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 11, 2014
What an interesting little beer, but far from perfect. Dark amber color, decent lacing, small head. Spicy aroma, as expected. Taste is a bit overfermented, a tad too bitter. This is middling for a Christmas beer.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Churchkey (15) - - FEB 2, 2014
12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Appearance: Pours dark with one finger of light tan foam, not cloudy but not clear. A little carbonation. Smell: Sweet, apple, floral, malt. Taste: Light fruity taste with a little bit of malt in the background. Very little hop bitterness. Mouth Feel: Smooth and medium bodied. Easy to drink. Over All: An easy drinking beer but I was a bit disappointed as it was not what I expected for a winter warmer. The beer just did not give me a satisfying finish for the style. Not a bad beer but not what I expected. Serving type: bottle

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 (2975) - 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 I’d 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 (6888) - 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 (751) - 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 (1004) - 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 (256) - 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.


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