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RATINGS: 581   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12/5   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


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BeerRules (243) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 26, 2005
Big malt nose, did they spice this beer at all, it sure smells like they did. Taste is very alcoholic, sweet, and nutty. Mouthfeel is medium and has low carbonation. This big alcohol taste is a problem for me, but other than that, this beer aint bad.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pailhead (6249) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - AUG 7, 2005
Bottle: Aroma is very light. Light caramel, light chocolate, and light nuttiness. Pours a dark cloudy brown with a light orange coming thru when held to the light. Insignificant off-white head that is instantly a ring. Lightly sweet up front with light caramel and fruit. Nuttiness in the background. Fruitiness turns a little sour in the finish with some acidity along with some spice and the slightest hint of flowery bitterness. As it warms, it seems to gain more of a sweet fruitiness and the sourness in the finish decreases. Not the greatest Christmas Ale but still decent.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUL 21, 2005
This is a very substantial, thick bodied Christmas ale. Deep copper color and long lasting deep off-white head. Aroma is truly warming. Flavor is deeply chocolate malty. Especially notable for this alcohol level are: 1) a strong hop level especially on the side of the palate, and 2) a very sharp, vibrant finish. The alcohol itself is perhaps slightly harsh. I am pleased with this offering, one of the best winter beers out there.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JUN 5, 2005
Nice light brown head that had a decent hang time then faded slowly to leave little behind.The aroma was malty with maybe a hint of fruit and spice in the back ground.The flavor wasn’t as bad as i thought it might be.Nicely malty with a fruity side and just a bit of spice in there to round out things.The alcohol seems to make a decent appearance,not over whelming in any way but decent enough to let you know it’s there.Over all not bad at all and worth another try.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAR 31, 2005
Lots of bready malts in the nose as well as leather too - Body is thin and almost has a ’plastic’ aftertaste. Maybe this has taken a turn for the worse already? Not much warmth in the finish either.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2005
Dark brown with a frothy beige head. Very malty with alcohol very apparent in the nose. Flavour is sweet, spicy with an acidic, warming finish.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PattyBoy (302) - North Liberty, Iowa, USA - FEB 18, 2005
Pours dark brown, maybe a hint of copper. Flavor is sweet malt, with dark fruits(raisins) and a little nuttiness. Finishes with a little spiciness. Not too bad, kind of run of the mill for a xmas ale, the dog does seem to like this one.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - FEB 9, 2005
Quite malty and sweet, not a bad ale by any means, but not great, a nice classic Christmas brew, Fuity, balance could be better. thanks Duane for this brew!

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - FEB 7, 2005
Very clear and calm brown with a little red and a fairly standard head. Aroma is malty sweet while also a bit sour and wine like. Seems a little off or dirty though. Creamy feel above a malty base. Sweet malts and a little sourness in the mouth.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
incutrav (577) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - FEB 4, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2007 Hows this for sweet irony? I had this at a bar on xmas night after me and some buddies had enough of the family. Realy tasty dark craft, and i drank more then a few. Judging by the puking i did that night, it explains the 7.4 APV in this. I didnt know that at the time obvioulsy! tasty and strong!


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