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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

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shot (176) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2012
Aroma is alcohol, muted tones of dark chocolate with a hint of cinnamon. No hop characteristics at all. It pours a dark copper with a pale white head that clings to the glass and slowly dissipates to a thin, creamy layer. The taste is big. Dark chocolate, molasses, and coffee with a whisper of cinnamon and perhaps ginger. It finishes with bitter chocolate, anise, and orange peel. Big, chewy beer with a creamy mouthfeel and complex flavors. Very malty. Overall, a good Christmas ale with an appropriate alcohol level to make it a nice winter warmer. But maybe just a little too muscular. The bitter coffee and chocolate flavors seem to overpower the subtleness of the holiday spices.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
SHIG (3664) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - DEC 21, 2014
Bottle thanks to stephrocks: Poured a clearish brown with a thin off white to tan head. Aroma is sweet malts. Taste is buttery caramel malt and dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leighton (11862) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Evolutionary (300) - Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2014
Gift from French. Nose is licorice and nutmeg. Smooth and matches style well. Body is medium thick with little carbonation. http://www.thebrickfan.com/lego-disney-princess-el

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ESPh (84) - Branchburg, New Jersey, USA - DEC 16, 2014
This beer deserves a higher overall rating. Nice head, caramel color but just a feint aroma of spices. Not a strong, but nice light spice flavor. Malt not too sweet. No, itís not the best example of its style. However it is very drinkable and enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrunkSanta410 (312) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 11, 2014
Bottle to glass. Pours a dark coppery Brown. Light khaki head. Aroma is malty, with hints of prunes rasins and honey. Very faint cocoa. Taste is smooth, lightly toasted malts, fruity rasins, and toast. Palate is lightly carbonated, medium body. Havenít had too many of this style, so I canít really compare. I did enjoy this one though!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
boxofrane (2258) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2014
Draft. Pours clear brown with a medium sized off white head. The aroma has light spice. The taste has cinnamon, nutmeg, slight bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nero55 (772) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 3, 2014
Bottle. Amber/brown with small white head. Aroma or toffee, toasted malt, some sweetness, and light cinnamon. Medium/heavy body, moderate sweetness, cinnamon, some bitterness, and a dry finish. A nice balance of spices.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
swesson (258) - Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2014
From a bottle. Pours a dark Amber and makes a medium tan head. Aroma is of malted barley and spice and caramel. Tastes of malt, mainly along with caramel. A bit of a metallic aftertaste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bubblehouse (505) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 24, 2014
Suprisingly sweet in both the scent and the taste. Pours a light brownish hue. Drinkable in a pinch.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
odog (20) - Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2014
The hop aroma doesn?t fit with this ale. Once you get it past your nose it rises to the level of OK.

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