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RATINGS: 562   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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


mensch's rating

3
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mensch (280) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - DEC 16, 2010
I love holiday beers, but not this one. I can detect no aroma. Understated and simple malty flavors, a little toasted carmel and smoke. Plain and clean, no flaws, just not special. Well disguised 7.4%. Disappointing.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
youdictategood (434) - Florida, USA - JUL 14, 2015
Bottle from Total Wine. No detailed notes - entering from earlier tasting. Standard winter ale, although the spice is nicely subtle.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
climberbob (290) - Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2015
Dark amber Xmas beer. Light for the style but easy drinking. A touch of sweetness and malt and that is about it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tykechandler (343) - Kentucky, USA - FEB 1, 2015
это пиво очень вкусно. я бы, конечно, рекомен& его всем. пожалуй& обратит& его. очень хорошо!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 23, 2015
Deep amber pour. The aroma is soft and malty with a bright pine character cutting through it. Has a little bit of pepper and some nice spiciness throughout. Moderately sweet but well balanced. Has a little bit of lingering bitterness. Nice, Christmassy tasting brew.

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
BOSSbrewer (2707) - Arkansas, USA - JAN 19, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours brown with three fingers of off white head. Aroma was slight caramel and malt, but a good dose of electrical tape also. Smelled very off. This came through in the flavor also. Tasted like bad home-brew. Very disappointing. This was my only bottle and so I canít tell if it is just the beer, or if I got a bad bottle. Either way, it wasnít good.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerdedone (2978) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2015
Bottle. Pours a deep amber with a average off-white head. Aroma of caramel, toffee and spices. Flavor had a slight bitterness with dark caramel, chocolate, nutmeg, light fruit and some winter spices.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eberndt (234) - - JAN 11, 2015
A refreshing holiday ale in that itís not overly spiced. Pours copper with nice lacing. Quite malty for the style and a little more bitter than expected, but very good overall!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arn8897 (156) - Trenton, Ohio, USA - JAN 8, 2015
Pours a slight hazy copper color. Aromas of malt and caramel with a little bit of dark fruit and a little toffee. A slight coffee flavor in the finish. Other flavors are same as aromas. Nice lacing in the glass. Overall nice easy drinking beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
EKGoldings (616) - Radford, Virginia, USA - JAN 5, 2015
Iíve had this several times both when released and after extended cool aging. Decidedly on the malty side of the fence, and doesnít taste like they are adding spices the way some other Christmas ales are made (which I hate, fwiw). Not quite in the Scotch ale category but close (not fruity enough). Perfectly clear, dark amber, great head, aroma is caramel, malt, some alcohol. Taste is balanced, toffee, caramel, sweet malt, with a tiny bit of chocolate malt coming through in the finish. This beer ages well, I bought a flat at the end of January 1 and 2 years ago and have a few left of each and they still drink well. This beer is better cool not cold.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sturmthis (910) - Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2015
Sample. Copper color with off white head. Spice and grass aroma. Grassy and almost lemon zest taste. Not bad


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