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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 3.26/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 192   ABV: 6.4%
We brew this beer annually to celebrate the festive season. Each year we change the spices used in the beer to showcase new ideas. This season we used a combination of star anise, cardamon, cinnamon, cloves, ginger and love to put cheery winter carnival in every pint.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Beaver (1469) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 14, 2013
22 oz bottle. Pours dark ruby amber brown with a small head that quickly goes to a thin collar.

The aroma is sweet malts and floral, perfumey spices and cloves.

The flavor is sweet peaty malts with a little roast, and more soapy, perfumey spices. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with very low carbonation and pretty watery.

Overall, lots of floral perfumey spices...not really a fan.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
arminjewell (8672) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 14, 2013
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, dark brownish red with white head, aroma brought notes of ginger, cinnamon, slight cardamom, nice caramel, toffee, hints of dark fruits in there, slight molasses. Taste is a mix of sweet caramel, toffee, lots of spice with cinnamon, ginger, clove, some hints of cardamom, more spice notes that muddle a bit, finishing fairly spicy, bitter, slightly dry. Eh, much too over spiced but it is fairly easy to drink.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (6745) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 28, 2012
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, brown, mostly diminishing. Body is medium brown. Aroma is lightly malty (cookie), with strong notes of clove, clove, clove, nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, etc. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter, unclean. Medium to full body, watery/syrupy texture, lively/soft carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic. This is the definition of "spice bomb" (esp. cloves). While the spice odors are certainly not offensive, itís about as over-the-top and unbalanced as it gets...itís almost hard to tell thereís beer underneath it all. Do you like chewing a mouthful of cloves? Me neither.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
onceblind (5692) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 17, 2012
Deep mahogany with a clear reddish tint, non-lasting light beige head. Nice winter-y aroma of cinnamon and clove with some nutmeg with a nice sweet plum/raisin maltiness. Flavor was a little light but the taste was at least well thought out. Nice tones of cinnamon and ginger play on a earthy sweet, slightly fruity palate, with some nutmeg toward the finish with a somewhat earthy peat tone. Kinda tastes like a spiced Scotch Ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wchesser (1514) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2012
2011 bomber. Aroma is bold with nutmeg and cinnamon bark and some toasted malts. Very dark brown with some magenta on the edges. Good carbonation no head or lacing though. Taste is the same as nose, plus some oak. Okay, but didnít leave me wanting another one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BritAlesRule (214) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2012
Pours a dark brown with a huge foamy/creamy head. Nose is nutmeg, cinnamon, molasses and spice cupboard with some wood involved. Oak I believe. Taste is Cinnamon, pumpkin, and spice, toffee and candy with a slightly sprucey green edge to it. Definitely one of the more unique and edgy Christmas beers Iíve encountered. Medium creamy in the mouth. Lingering sugar. Nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 30, 2011
The pour is a very deep garnet color with an average, beige, pillowy head which is mostly diminishing and leaves minimal lace. The nose is full of pumpkin pie spices; nutmeg, allspice, molasses, some brown sugar, faint rosemary, and maybe some pumpkin? The flavor is similar with light brown sugar and molasses, light roast, still pumpkin notes as well as nutmeg and light ginger, and the same rosemary note. The palate is lively, medium, and velvety. The beer finishes with molasses, pumpkin, and the rosemary note. Actually a pretty nice pumpkin beer. Not sure that is what it is supposed to be being that this is a Christmas beer. Nice malt base with complementary spicing and a decent palate. Odd for a holiday beer but pleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
notalush (5387) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 14, 2011
Bomber - pours a clear amber - nose is full of cardamom, cinnamon, ginger/gingerbread - medium bodied, full carbonation - fairly dry and Biscuity, which is a relief, since the label says it is made with molasses - cardamom is showcased well up front - the tail end is spicy ginger and cinnamon - fairly crisp maltiness throughout - a solid Christmas brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (11356) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 7, 2011
Bomber poured a clear reddish brown with a small lasting tan head. Aromas of toffee, cinnamon, cardamon, clove and molasses. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of molasses, toffee, cinnamon, clove and cardamon with a smooth lingering spiced finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
drjay44 (2994) - Salida, Colorado, USA - NOV 30, 2011
Draft at a local. Pours a minimal, short duration, off white head, over a clear brown (SRM 30) body....nose is cinnamon, lighter clove, cardamom, slight dark roast malt (coffee, chocolate) touch of toffee/caramel......taste is dominated by cinnamon, clove, cardamom, with sensation of toffee/caramel sweetness, minimal hints of chocolate....mouth feel on the light of medium, carbonation low. The spices, although a major aroma and flavor component, were done with a lighter hand than in many others, leading to a more nearly balanced malt and spice combination than in many of this genre. BJCP 7/3/13/4/7

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