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RATINGS: 582   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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3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
IAmTheBeerKing (14) - Cherokee, North Carolina, USA - DEC 17, 2011
Not a bad Ale, tastes much like others - which it would differentiate itself, but that’s where this Ale falls short. When I think of a Christmas Ale, I think of spice. I want the first sip to taste what Christmas smells, unfortunately the spice is so mild it gets lost in the mix. Not horrible, but misleading for what I would expect of a great Christmas Ale. Likes - color of the Ale is beautiful in the glass, taste is good, medium, little spice, has a sweetness with the hops Dislikes - for a Christmas Ale you would expect more spice Enjoy-ability - 7.5 out of 10


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlackHaddock (5847) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUN 3, 2016
A bit out of season, but a 12oz bottle opened on 1st June 2016 while on holiday on Big Bear Lake, California. I thought this a very pleasant wintery brew and although I drank it in lovely warm sunshine it still ’hit the spot’. Brown bodies with red hue, the head an off-white colour. Subtle spice aroma and taste within the malty based brew, mild chocolate notes from the semi-sweet molasses and definitely a fireside beer more than a sunshine brew.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
trapped (2069) - New York, TURKEY - MAR 24, 2016
Draught @ Albion. Reddish brown with small foamy beige head, very faint caramel aroma, medium carbonation, sweetish caramel malt taste, faintly spicy, medium spicy finish. Not bad, not great either.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Rperez (229) - Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2016
I live in florida so winters are always mild, but this beer packs a punch, strong buzz ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
J_man (897) - Tustin, California, USA - FEB 4, 2016
Nice malty winter warmer aroma with baking spice notes. Beautiful crystal clear copper/bronze color with a thin but persistent eggshell head. Roasted and toasty brown malt flavors with a nice alcohol bite even though it’s not a strong ale. Some dark caramel and brown sugar notes. The body is a bit thin. There’s a bit of earthy bitterness in the back and compliments the sweetness. Overall a very nice Christmas ale which I should give another try next year before Christmas rather than 2 months after it.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
slowrunner77 (9401) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JAN 10, 2016
This strong amber tries to be hoppy and malty at the same time and just ends up being abrasive. Bitter and a touch chocolatey sweet, a little alcoholic.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
JSigsbach (11) - Chicago, USA - JAN 9, 2016
Not coming back for this one. Only thing that makes this a Christmas offering is the label. Appearance: Brown bottle; Direct pour Sam Adams tulip. Amber with orange/ pumpkin tones reminiscent of fall offerings. Aroma: Very hoppy, very citrusy. Mouthfeel: Full bodied but a little fizzy Aftertaste: Citrusy, slightly hot/boozy with bitter finish; NO "caramel" or "chocolate" tones as advertised and not sure if this is label mind trick Overall: Well made but nothing at all special as a holiday offering and a little disapointing from a fine brewery. Only thing remeniscent of a "good fire" is the hot imbalance.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Derek881 (1236) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 7, 2016
Poured from the bottle into a pint glass to drink. The beer had a clear amber-caramel color with a modest foamy white head that had shorter retention and slighter cling and lacing. Its aroma featured a malty blend of caramel and chocolate, along with some fig notes and spices. The taste featured notes of caramel and dark fruits along with some sugars, molasses, and a touch of alcohol. The beer had an average-thickness with a somewhat drying effect, ample carbonation, and a touch of alcohol. A bit rough around the edges overall, and could use some refining.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
CardsPackHawks (172) - South Elgin, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2015
Got a 6 pack as a Christmas gift. Not a huge fan of darker beers, but this us not that bad. Brown in color, hints of chocolate, cherry and spice. A beer for the season, but not for me beyond that.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ttoadee (1200) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 25, 2015
Deep copper, small tan head. Nose is dark fruit, with a hint of rum. Bittersweet. Middle is caramel, cherries, medium roasted malt. Finish is bittersweet, more alcohol peeking out. OK.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bvbunited (64) - Ohio, USA - DEC 25, 2015
This is a great Christmas ale. It has found a balance between additional spice and a more traditional ale. I would recommend it over many other Christmas ales.


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