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RATINGS: 530   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

Heathen's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Heathen (1458) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 28, 2013
THOUGHTS: Slightly Christmasy. But more or less just a fairly easy to drink, well-made, fairly big ale. A little British. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, dark reddish amber with a small, off-white head that mostly diminished and left good lacing. The aroma had light to moderate cookie, roasted, burnt and nutty malts, caramel, and cake; light resinous and earthy hops; and slight fruitiness. The initial flavor was moderately sweet and slightly bitter; while the finish was moderately sweet and lightly bitter with a fairly average duration. There was caramel malt, fruitiness, herbal and resinous hops, slight cherry and apple, earthy hops, and hints of chocolate. The medium body was fairly dry with fizzy carbonation and a slightly metallic finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
TXBadger (1214) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 20, 2014
Pours a brownish color with off-white head. Spice, chocolate, and some caramel/toffee on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a roasted malt note and some spice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
czar (4100) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 10, 2014
pours unclear golden orange with a small white head, some retention and lacing. munich toasted and spicy malts - just a touch of caramel and roasted notes, red fruitiness - mostly cranberries but also raspberries and red grapes, spices - pot-pourri-like cinnamon, never overwhelming though, peppery yeastiness, grass, raspberry leaves tea, hint of sweetness. moderate carbonation, light body - oily, balanced grassy-woodsy-spicy and lightly astringent finish. more than decent christmas offering - subtle spice mixture blends in well with malt bill - or maybe they slightly faded for this bottle has a few months of age. anyhow, it’s enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jmagnus87 (2330) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2014
Bottle poured into a shaker. Pours a hazy dark brown with minimal head. Aroma of caramel, nutmeg and a little citrus. Taste is light bitter. Herbal and citrus hops with nutmeg and caramel. Light bodied with a slightly thick texture. Lively carbonation and a decently long finish. Great beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rumproasts (2734) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 22, 2014
bottle. deep amber with small head. mild caramel malt body with some light hops and spice. eh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TattooJack (55) - Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2014
This beer is nice and dark with a little bit of sweet and a good amount of strong. It goes down so smooth and fast its hard to taste notes of anything. It needs to be named something else so they can make it all year round, so that everyday can be Christmas.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mansquito (3255) - Nueva York, New York, USA - MAR 1, 2014
Cityfresh (Associated), Brooklyn bottle ($1): Pours clear amber with a light beige head. Aroma is light spice, caramel malts, and a hint of hops. Taste is ever so slightly bitter. Caramel malt sweetness throughout. Tastes like an amber ale. I was surprised to find out that the alcohol content was this high. I was thinking that this was going to be a 5 percenter. It is OK, and it is plenty drinkable, but it is also plenty forgettable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hockeybeerguy (1454) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - FEB 18, 2014
Reviewed from notes. Consumed December 15, 2012. The appearance has a dark amber colored body with a one finger white foamy head that lasts for a half a minute before dieing to a one finger film that sticks around for most of the rest of the beer. While dieing to the one finger film, some nice clingy lacing graces the pint glass. Since the body is slightly transparent, some light carbonation is seen slowly rising. The smell has some hops, caramel and spices up front. Some chocolate comes out slightly after warming up a bit. The taste is pretty much the same as the smell leaning closer to sweet. On the palate, it sits about a medium with a smooth almost nice creaminess that comes out. Overall, hey, I like this one. I would definitely come back to this. Good for the style, pretty good for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Slipstream (1974) - USA - FEB 13, 2014
On tap at Top Hops. Dark pour with amber hilites. Perfumed aroma with a little citrus and Christmas cookies. A big brown/amber ale with a bit of coffee, nutmeg, woodsmoke, and allspice. Pretty dry, with a touch of sourness. Very drinkable, like most Breckenridge releases. Underrated imo.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Caytinator (894) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 11, 2014
What an interesting little beer, but far from perfect. Dark amber color, decent lacing, small head. Spicy aroma, as expected. Taste is a bit overfermented, a tad too bitter. This is middling for a Christmas beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Churchkey (15) - - FEB 2, 2014
12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Appearance: Pours dark with one finger of light tan foam, not cloudy but not clear. A little carbonation. Smell: Sweet, apple, floral, malt. Taste: Light fruity taste with a little bit of malt in the background. Very little hop bitterness. Mouth Feel: Smooth and medium bodied. Easy to drink. Over All: An easy drinking beer but I was a bit disappointed as it was not what I expected for a winter warmer. The beer just did not give me a satisfying finish for the style. Not a bad beer but not what I expected. Serving type: bottle

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