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RATINGS: 543   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 (1500) - 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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ESPh (81) - 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 (311) - 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 (2252) - 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 (256) - 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 (501) - 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 (19) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TreborWhip (393) - Reading, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2014
Vintage 2012, it pours dark Amber with average tan head. Aroma of breaded malts. Flavors of nutmeg and other spices, caramel, and toast with a crisp finish. Decent lacing and a pleasant warming sensation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexsdad06 (5865) - Ohio, USA - SEP 27, 2014
Bottle from notes. Pours a hazy amber brown with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have caramel, mild chocolate, very light spices, a dark fruit cherry fruitiness, thinner body, light bitterness, ok.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jbrana (475) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - AUG 28, 2014
Malty and sweet with some brown sugar and slight plum flavors. Not bad, but nothing especially interesting.

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