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RATINGS: 536   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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HighlanderOne (1016) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maxbier (316) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jimsal27 (251) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EithCubes (5003) - 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 it’s 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jhamp9 (1073) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ed5388 (2144) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
bigtourist (33) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2013
Watery with a caramel flavor that has an unwelcome lingering. Not offensive, but aftertaste is not good

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kaser (2791) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2013
Super dark almost black pour from draft at emporium. White head. Has a fruity chocolate taste. Somewhat bitter. Not a typical Christmas ale. Not bad but wouldn't go for another

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheHopster (814) - Netcong, New Jersey, USA - DEC 20, 2013
On draft at the Tabor Road Tavern in Denville. Aroma is faint without much spice and bready. Amber-brown complexion. No glass lacing. The flavor is richly malted with mild undistictive spices and alcohol noted. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aurelius (4230) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 18, 2013
Embossed longneck bottle, OK label. Dark beer, almost (if not) clear. Thin filmy head. Oaty-cereal aroma reminds me of altbier, with chalky cocoa tones - it’s subdued, but it reminded me of fresh toasted bread and I really liked it.. Dry, almost savory, slightly tannic. Not very bitter, not spicy (which is what I usually expect in a Christmas/winter brew), a little toasty, a little warming. Medium, chalky body with a grainy aftertaste. Very average overall. New Leaf Market.

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