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RATINGS: 534   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


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kevin (2078) - New Mexico, USA - NOV 14, 2004
bottle. dark brown that shows red when held to the light. a nice head formed when poured, but it ran for the hills as soon as my back was turned and left a thin ashen grey rim around my glass. perfumey esters and a tart grape note hit me on the aroma. spicey flavor, ginger and sweet roasted coffee come through at first. finish is a nice bitter that brings out the sweet toffee that is in this. this is making for a nice sunday breakfast, i think i might finish off the whole sixer before kickoff.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cobra (1100) - Banned City, - NOV 13, 2004
A solid "4" beer, at least to me. 12 oz. brown, longneck bottle, space for freshness date, but none stamped. Poured out a deep amber color, bordering on brown. Minimal tan colored head, but left a sticky lacing down the sides of the glass. Aromas are of toffee, chocolate malts, coffee beans, caramels, and alcohol. Tastes are of chocolate malts, toffee, caramels, slight estery fruitiness, and warming alcohol. It’s more of a subdued alcohol flavor, rather than an in-your-face kind of alcoholic flavor. Warming upon impact to the stomach. Medium mouthfeel, somewhat creamy. Flavors vary and change as it warms up slightly. Finishes warm, slightly bitter, but satisfying. More of an Old Ale, than an American Strong Ale. I bet it would age wonderfully for 2 or 3 years. Too bad it’s only a seasonal.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Served with a reddish brown color and a dense white head. Nice lacing and head retention throughout the session. Caramel, chocolate, rich malts and some off-scents in the aroma. Pretty poor flavor. Some off flavors on-tap compared to the bottled version. I have heard rumors that High Country (they distribute Breck) doesn’t clean their tap lines often and it is apparent here. Nonetheless, there is some chocolate and caramel on the palate. Pretty full bodied with a nice bitter finish. But the off flavors were too much to bare.

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 26, 2004
2001 bottle...pours dark brown with thin but long lasting head...smells of alcohol, maple syrupy, a little spicy and chocolate...all those flavors are present in the taste, but just very thin in the mouth...the aroma was great, but it just kind of died after that...thick long syrupy finish...

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
steview (1019) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 8, 2004
duvel tulip glass: dark brown body with ruby highlight. nice off-white head. alcohol, sweet chocolate aroma, slightly spicy. cremey, thin palate. tastes of caramel and chocolate indeed. sweet, rich, and dark with an odd spice. there seems to be little hop presence. but i like it! sweet pipe tobacco? i can sense that, a little bit... (it is not the ultimate winter warmer!)

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - MAY 22, 2004
Very dark amber body with a sparse white head. Smells of spices, skunked malt and sweet pipe tobacco. Taste is boring and unimaginative- sweet malt, no hops.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - MAY 18, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2005 Rich and flavorful. Aroma of nutmeg, ginger and bitter hops. Flavor is malty and good. Chocolate, oak like flavors. Lively and cheerful. This is a clearly underrated ale.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - APR 16, 2004
Aroma of chocolate and gingerbread. Flavor is of mild chocolate, coffee, and and a solid hop kick. The palate is a bit thin. Nice but not great.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hershiser2 (1227) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2004
Paid $7.99 for a 6-pack. Brown in color, slight hints of red, small, but creamy looking head. Smell is nothing special, a bit on the stinky side. Nothing overly special here. Kinda plain taste... really, no defined flavor here. Maybe slightly coffee, but really plain. Doesn't remind me of a stereotypical Christmas Ale at all. Glad I tried it, but I won't buy it again.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
blank (996) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 13, 2004
Light for a strong ale. Had a rich full wintery taste that left me presently suprised. Light a smooth and very drinkable, something to have again.


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