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RATINGS: 546   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


2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Travlr (13304) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 22, 2014
Draft at Max’s. Cloudy brown color, medium tan head. Aroma of caramel. Taste is slightly boozy caramel, light pine. Plain.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 25, 2003
(Bottle) Pours a dark amber-brown color with hardly any head. Descent tasting seasonal ale, but not overly impressive.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leighton (11860) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2014
Keg at Top Hops - NYC. Pours lightly hazy copper with a creamy khaki head. The aroma holds doughy bread, light toffee, ripe fruits. Medium to big sweet flavor, with a bit of booze, berries, subtle wintery spices, caramel, marmalade. Full bodied with average carbonation. Lightly warming to finish with some sticky sugars, ripe and lightly tabgy fruts, berries, alcohol, leaves. Pretty decent holiday kind of gear.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
argo0 (11637) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 8, 2004
Hazy dark brown body with small beige head. Aroma is medium sweet, roasty/burnt caramel, some nutty, light sour cherry. Taste is medium sweet, nutty, some caramel, roasty, light astringent. Creamy medium body with low carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (11512) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 25, 2009
Thinks this bottle is from Archer Liquor. Pours ruddy copper with a good tan head. Aroma is a bit papery with dark roast malt. Medium body with average carbonation. Flavor is darkish roast caramel with chocolate hitting the tongue sides. Or so it seems. The chocolate malts make it a bit astringent. A non-spicey xmas ale. And not all that sweet. Good drink.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (11075) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2006
Bottle. Poured dark clear brown color with an average off-white head that diminished slowly with fair lacing. Moderate spicy chocolate aroma. Medium body with soft carbonation. Medium sweet flavor with a medium spicy sweet finish of moderate duration.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 4, 2010

Name: XMas
Date: December 26, 2009
Mode: Draft
Source: Taco Mac, Prado
Appearance: clear dark amber, fine beige head, heavy lace
Aroma: sweet spicy malty aroma, cinnamon
Flavor: rich malt flavor, touch of caramel sweetness, balancing spicyness, light bitterness
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Rating: 2.9/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: ** /4

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (10453) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 17, 2009
A dark brown ale with a thick moka head. A nutty aroma with light chocolate notes and hops. In mouth, a solid nutty malt, with light molasses, some British hopping. Medium bodied. On tap at Ballpark brewpub 24 Jan. 2009.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ratman197 (10200) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 11, 2005
On tap@ Falling Rock poured a clear mahogany with a large lasting amber head. Aromas of toffee, raisins and roastiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of roasted malt, toffee, and dark fruit with a smooth, slightly bitter finish.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerandBlues2 (10065) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 3, 2006
12-oz. bottle. Pours mahagony, walnut brown with a foamy off-white head. Cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla notes, aroma is fruity hop and malt (cookie) with trace yeast. Yeast bomb, malt (grain) flavor with medium sweetness, no acidity or bitterness, caramel notes. Medium bodied and smooth, clean palate.


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