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RATINGS: 561   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12   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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - JAN 22, 2005
bottle...3rd week October 2004 bottled. Clear caramel color with little head. Musty, malty aroma. Pit fruit and alcohol also present. Malty start, burnt caramel. Decent amount of carbonation, medium body. Some bitterness to finish, also mustiness. Seems a little too funky and not as complex as I’d imagined. Alcohol is not evident.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerguy101 (5319) - Newark, California, USA - JAN 20, 2005
Dark brown color. Small white foamy head. Aroma is malt, caramel, and sour fruit. A medium bodied American Strong Ale. Malts are fruity and sweet. Lots of sour cherry and toasty malt flavors. Hops are grapefruity. A little unbalanced and there is a trace of cardboard in the taste. Sorry, but this is a weird tasting beer, It has some barley wine like qualities as well as being sort of lambic like. Not a really good combination. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly sweet with a sour fruity finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (8330) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2005
Thanks to Duane for this. Pours copper/ruby with a medium white head. Aroma of malt, fruit, toffee, some spices and florals. Tastes malty, with some fruit and spices at the finish. Nice balance. Medium mouthfeel. Pretty good.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 14, 2005
Pours a dark orange-copper color, huge foamy off white head, leaves a nice lacing in the glass, malty caramel aroma, fruity caramel flavor, medium bodied with a full and soft mouthfeel, finishes a bit sweet, not bad, a decent and drinkable winter ale.

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pjk33 (390) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2005
Bottle. On a trade from Kaggie97. Thanks! Nose is a little harsh, like a lighter dunkel...sweetens a bit as it warms, but not spicy or hoppy in the aroma. Lacing really sticks although the head makes a quick exit. Medium amber color with great clarity. A little more hop and malt flavor in this than I expected from the aroma. Decent body and a nice kick as it glides down the throat. Lets try some more...the only time that I get the full taste of the hops is in the little burps at the end of a quaff. Nice addition though... I like that mix, which is very malty and cocoa with a very little hop smack as you place the glass back on the table. Good mouthfeel - burning and sizzling as it coats the tongue and throat. I like this one too. Thanks again Kev.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SpringsLicker (3221) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 31, 2004
Thanks to Indra for this! Pours clear and dark brown, looking much like a Brown Ale. 1" head of off white head that recedes quickly. Malt and citrus with some smoke in the background of the aroma. Sweet, without a great deal of bitterness, very light body. Pleasant, easy drinking beer which hides it’s alcohol well. Just not a lot of excitement with this one.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 28, 2004
On tap: Fairly dark, amber. Not a whole lot of carbonation. Not much spice, fairly bland. No apparent cinnamon or nutmeg. A little chewy.

2.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
dp (608) - uniontown, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2004
It does warm the belly with the high alcohol content. A bit bitter, was expecting more spice out of a Christmas ale. I much prefer Great Lakes.

2.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
clong83 (285) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 27, 2004
It wasn’t bad, but it was crappy for a "Christmas Ale" or American Strong Ale style. Kind of thin and plain for what I expectof this style. Also, it lacked a certain spice that I usually associate with christmas ales. Nothing very wintry about it at all. Overall it was kind of boring.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - DEC 26, 2004
12 oz bottle. Tasted this and the Goose Island Xmas Ale back to back on Christmas Eve. Amber, light brown color. Light white head. Fruity, hoppy aroma. Some malt, not much. Floral, hoppy, sour flavor, acidic? Dry, sourish finish. The Goose Island was the far better of the two.


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