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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


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2004
Dark amber to brown clear filtered body. Loads of butterscotch and medium alcohol in the nose. Flavor is more of the same with a big emphasis on the butterscotch. Quite malty, no spices in this Xmas beer, yeah! Medium almost full body. Overall just ok.

1.1
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - DEC 2, 2004
12oz bottle....Numbers for bottling month on lable, but nothing is notched...WTF is the point? Dark brown color...twangy nose and flavor comes out quick...lots of malt, but this lactic sort of twang is really out of place. I like sour, but this is just twangy and poor. Dumper. Maybe that is why there is no BBD! Not the worst beer Iíve ever had, but why bother drinking something that isnít enjoyable?

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - DEC 1, 2004
Nice amber brown with little head. Plain malt nose with some faint hops. med weight with a sweetness that lingers. Carmel and toffee notes. Decent brew though not much of an X-mas ale.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Justinw (7) - Maplewood, Minnesota, USA - DEC 1, 2004 does not count
Not really a Christams Beer but very good. Smooth with a malty flavor and hint of caramel, dark color not much head.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Metalhead (628) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2004 This stuff is differant every year. Two years ago it was BAD. Bitter nutty malt and pine sap. The 2004 is awesome. Mild malt,caramel and a bit of sweetness. Alcohol is well hidden. Very smooth well balanced brew. I loved the first 6 pack so much I bought 2 cases. This more along the lines of a great winter warmer rather than a true x-mas brew. Update. The more I drink this the more I like it. Nothing out there. Just so well balance a tasty.Obviously the 9 I gave was for the style and has Nothing on a St. Bernardus.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - NOV 27, 2004
Pours dark transparent brown with no head. Slight spice in the aroma. A little ginger flavor and thatís about it. Itís an easy drink just not enough spice for a "Christmas ale".

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - NOV 26, 2004
This reminds me more of a dry Amber than a Christmas Ale. Itís not bad, but it could be much more "Christmasy." Better than Shiner Winter by a frigginí mile, though.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
badgerben (4483) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 26, 2004
Dark brown color with no head. Slight malt aroma. Very watery and bitter taste, but with nothing to support the bitter. Definitely on the metallic side. "Fermented equivalent of a good fire"? More like the equivalent of a mediocre boxed wine.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - NOV 24, 2004
Bottle. Dark brown, like Coke, with no head, just a ring of bubbles. Slightly metallic taste. Tastes kind of like corn flakes. Notes of caramel, smoke, sweetened coffee, and bittering hops come out. There is a good malt presence here, there is a good hop presence here, but something about this just aíint right. It isnít bad, but for some reason it isnít sitting right with me. But, all in all, it is very drinkable.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2004
Darker Brown Coloring. Little Carbonated. No Trace of Alcohol. Little Malty. Bitter Overall and Would Agree With a Metallic Taste. I Think They Bottled the Wrong Beer, Judging By the Description.


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