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RATINGS: 548   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 22, 2004
Clear caramel-y brown is the color, the head is a small thing, soon gone, best unremarked upon. Aroma, cola-ish, coffee tones and nuts, a smidgen of spice? No, not really. Taste: a bit dull, brown ale-ish, just a touch of toffee, but all in all, dull. Light in body, with nary a finish to be found. Unremarkable all the way. Warm? Not much. Wintry? by a long stretch, maybe...nothing very Christmas-y about it..."malty and warming in character, with a semi-sweet, full-bodied flavor," says the label...it’s a slight stretch of the imagination, but true in many respects. Very run-of-the -mill, just malty and wintry enough...actually gets better as we get further in, but I’m no more impressed. Yeah, I can drink it, but it’s nothing to shout about.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 18, 2004
12 oz bottle, fresh: hazed orange brown with a thin tan cream. Citrusy, caramel hop aroma with bits of holiday spice and anise. Fairly thick palate, with dark fruits (black cherries and raisins) and nicely hopped. Acidic hoppiness finishes a beer that would have been bitter with a bit more depth and malt character…

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PorterPounder (5713) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2004
12 oz bottle - Whole Foods, Austin, Tx. Pours a orangeish to medium copper color with a tight khaki colored head - decent lacing, good bubble action. Sweet aroma - reminiscent of caramel and overripe frut. Flavor has some nutty notes to it with a bit of cotton candy sugary sweetness, but it starts to fade quickly. Fades a tad near the end. Mouthfeel is a tad thin for a "Christmas Ale" and turns a bit metallic. Alcohol hidden well. Not bad, expected more though.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
JK (4615) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2004
Malt and alcohol aroma. Standard strong ale appearance, dark with a red hue. Flavors of malt, alcohol, light spice, and sugar. Sweeter than many strong ales. Thin body.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2004
Nothing special. Bottle. Poured amber, no head, little aroma. No big taste either. The alcohol is hidden, but so is the taste. Maybe it was a bad bottle, but, if it was as good as the label, it would have been better.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Frank (3044) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2004
This was a gift from the most benevolent Heemer77 and a good one. Murky medium brown with just a slight ring of head. Nose is very mild yet this is still a flavorful ale. Definitely Christmasy with a bit of caramel sweetness, toffee and slight notes of chocolate and vanilla. Medium bodied and somewhat creamy with subdued carbonation. Deceptively easy drinking for relatively high gravity. A few of these could definitely warm you and some friends on a cold night in.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
argo0 (11653) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 8, 2004
Hazy dark brown body with small beige head. Aroma is medium sweet, roasty/burnt caramel, some nutty, light sour cherry. Taste is medium sweet, nutty, some caramel, roasty, light astringent. Creamy medium body with low carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
ElGaucho (2240) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2004
Dry, roasted malt aroma with hints of molasses. Dark amber red. Slow carbonation. No head. Nice flavor. Caramelly, roasted malt, sweet, with some molasses. Reasonably hoppy. Well balanced. Similar in essence to Town Hall’s Dusseldorf Altbier. Has the same subtly hoppy finish. This is a good effort despite its lackluster reviews.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - DEC 5, 2004
bottle. pours a clear dark amber with a small head and virtually no lacing. somewhat malty and the alcohol is well hidden. I had a couple of Breckenridge brews on tap at the brewpub a couple of years ago and if memory serves me correctly, this is one of their better efforts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
CAPTRON (8) - POQUOSON, Virginia, USA - DEC 4, 2004 does not count
A bit disappointed with this brew. Description is a bit deceptive. Pleasant nose abundant with caramel malt aroma. However, rather than rich caramel and chocolate the flavor was predominantly acidic with a raisin or plum finish. I will not be rushing to open my second bottle.

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