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RATINGS: 548   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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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jimdeohio (4) - Amherst, Ohio, USA - FEB 3, 2013
As far as Christmas Ales go, it is not that special. I am a dark beer fan and prefer Christmas Ales where the added spices come into play.


2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
zizzybalubba (1503) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - DEC 23, 2014
12 oz. bottle from Total Wine, Virginia Beach, VA. Muddy brown pour with a frothy off-white head. Aroma of toffee and light floral hops. Sweet tastes of caramel and light chocolate with hints of light citrus. Decent but nothing spectacular.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
jflopsu (652) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 22, 2014
Pours a light hazy copper. Has a faint aroma of spices, malt and caramel. Taste is full of winter spices, sugar, and malts. A dry aftertaste.

2.9
   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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leighton (11874) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Evolutionary (301) - 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

3.2
   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, it’s not the best example of its style. However it is very drinkable and enjoyable.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrunkSanta410 (319) - 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. Haven’t had too many of this style, so I can’t really compare. I did enjoy this one though!

3
   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.

3.4
   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.

2.7
   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


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