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RATINGS: 29   MEAN: 3.29/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
notalush (5728) - 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 (13254) - 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 (3404) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tennessejed420 (940) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2011
pours very dark red, almost brown, with small grey bubbly head. Aroma of carrot cake, caramel, cinnamon. Medium bodied, pretty smooth but somewhat thin finish. Flavor of molasses and toffee, overlayed with spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, and there is a fruitcake flavor. Pretty nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RSRIZZO (1949) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 26, 2011
22oz bottle poured into a Tulip at 42°. Color is a deep brown with ruby showing in the light. Carbonation is light with a very small off white head. Aroma is a spicy roasted malt scent. Medium body that gives a smooth mouth feel. Flavor of nutmeg, clove, cinnamon and just a touch of coriander then some roasted malt and toffee. After taste is mildly bitter and surprisingly clean with just a bit of the spices hanging on. Overall it’s pretty good for a Spiced brew, normally I don’t like these Holiday spice brews because there over spiced, but this one is very well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adnielsen (10484) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 4, 2010
Tasted from a bottle at the Parade of Darks in Denver, Colorado. Dark pale orange appearance that’s mildly clear. Head is very spicy and similar to Anchor Christmas with hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, and especially ginger. Big ginger flavor with the other aforementioned spices with medium malty body. Spicy finish and aftertaste. Pretty good Christmas beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 26, 2009
(draft). Black color. Spare tan head. Moderate spice aroma. Strong cinnamon and black licorice flavor. Long duration. Smooth finish. Slick texture. Moderate carbonation. Spare lacing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chadzter (94) - huntsville, Alabama, USA - DEC 13, 2006
Draught at Bristol. Pours with a small white head that quick fades. The aroma was sweet malt with a creamy chocolate, brown sugar, and a touch of a clove and spice. Following the aroma the taste was sweet caramel and roasted with hops and spices. Has a touch of cloves that blends well with the other flavors. The bodied is smoothand creamy with a palate that has a bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (12100) - Escondido, California, USA - DEC 12, 2006
Draught at Bristol. Pours a clear tawny with a spare fizzy off-white head, diminishing, with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, chocolate, toast), heavy hops (herbs, spruce), light yeast (sweat, fresh leather) with notes of alcohol, clove, brown sugar, allspice and corriander. Long duration, moderate sweetness, bitterness and acidity, well balanced, mineral notes, fresh taste with raw hops and spices, creamy malt and caramel roasted nuts, toasty. Medium bodied, creamy texture, average carbonation and bitter finish.

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