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RATINGS: 579   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12/5   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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3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pumpmaster (1303) - Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA - JAN 23, 2013
12 ounce bottle purchased at Total Wine Pembroke Pines, FL for $0.99 Very good.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
J_man (864) - Tustin, California, USA - FEB 4, 2016
Nice malty winter warmer aroma with baking spice notes. Beautiful crystal clear copper/bronze color with a thin but persistent eggshell head. Roasted and toasty brown malt flavors with a nice alcohol bite even though it’s not a strong ale. Some dark caramel and brown sugar notes. The body is a bit thin. There’s a bit of earthy bitterness in the back and compliments the sweetness. Overall a very nice Christmas ale which I should give another try next year before Christmas rather than 2 months after it.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
slowrunner77 (8406) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JAN 10, 2016
This strong amber tries to be hoppy and malty at the same time and just ends up being abrasive. Bitter and a touch chocolatey sweet, a little alcoholic.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
JSigsbach (11) - Chicago, USA - JAN 9, 2016
Not coming back for this one. Only thing that makes this a Christmas offering is the label. Appearance: Brown bottle; Direct pour Sam Adams tulip. Amber with orange/ pumpkin tones reminiscent of fall offerings. Aroma: Very hoppy, very citrusy. Mouthfeel: Full bodied but a little fizzy Aftertaste: Citrusy, slightly hot/boozy with bitter finish; NO "caramel" or "chocolate" tones as advertised and not sure if this is label mind trick Overall: Well made but nothing at all special as a holiday offering and a little disapointing from a fine brewery. Only thing remeniscent of a "good fire" is the hot imbalance.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Derek881 (1217) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 7, 2016
Poured from the bottle into a pint glass to drink. The beer had a clear amber-caramel color with a modest foamy white head that had shorter retention and slighter cling and lacing. Its aroma featured a malty blend of caramel and chocolate, along with some fig notes and spices. The taste featured notes of caramel and dark fruits along with some sugars, molasses, and a touch of alcohol. The beer had an average-thickness with a somewhat drying effect, ample carbonation, and a touch of alcohol. A bit rough around the edges overall, and could use some refining.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
CardsPackHawks (151) - Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2015
Got a 6 pack as a Christmas gift. Not a huge fan of darker beers, but this us not that bad. Brown in color, hints of chocolate, cherry and spice. A beer for the season, but not for me beyond that.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ttoadee (1112) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 25, 2015
Deep copper, small tan head. Nose is dark fruit, with a hint of rum. Bittersweet. Middle is caramel, cherries, medium roasted malt. Finish is bittersweet, more alcohol peeking out. OK.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bvbunited (59) - Ohio, USA - DEC 25, 2015
This is a great Christmas ale. It has found a balance between additional spice and a more traditional ale. I would recommend it over many other Christmas ales.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
robinvboyer (3766) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 24, 2015
Ruby brown pour, small off white head. Aroma is very bready, very malty, soft caramels, subtle cherry, and dark fruit notes. Soft carb, soft mouthfeel. Soft grassy hops, more bready malts, reminds me alot of an english strong ale.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
AdamAltnether (14) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 22, 2015
Fell a little flat on the finish, and the spice notes are definitely more subtle than other cams ales. Good overall ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jimhilt (2516) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 20, 2015
Pours a three-finger khaki head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Chrystal clear amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Very light caramel and malty nose and flavor is toasted malt, light spices. Slight drying finish. The 12oz bottle was a gift.


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