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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

   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 (2488) - 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 (784) - 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 (4028) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ontbeertaster (2306) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2013
Bottle, pours a nice reddish, aroma is spicy and taste is too is nice and easy drinking, pretty good

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
beechner224 (599) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - DEC 18, 2013
On tap. Strong spice aroma. Color is amber with white head. Taste is light, spicy, no real malt backbone. Almost watered down.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kevinsenn (1021) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 17, 2013
On tap at Kuma’s Too. Dark brown and clear. Caramel and light citrus fruits in the aroma. Big caramalt taste, and a big body to match it. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
travita (3831) - Frisco, Texas, USA - DEC 15, 2013
Bottle. The look is clear, amber red in color, with a thin beige head. The smell is malty, weak, sweet, barf, spice, and eh. The taste sweet, fruits, malt, and ugh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jkwalking05 (3619) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 15, 2013
12 oz bottle. Deep amber with a small off-white head. Aroma is of leaves, caramel. Taste is of leaves, woody hops, caramel, earth, rotting soil.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
asedzie (586) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 15, 2013
Bottle. Ratings are strangely low for this brew. Nose is nice with a modicum of piney hops and a very mild spice note - perhaps from the malt. Flavor is solid with the tasty dark caramel malt balanced with sticky hops, and throughout a very mild infusion of some light spice flavor which remotely resembles orange peel but could be an aspect of the malt or hops. Quite a good seasonal strong ale.

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