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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
nickel (1004) - - OCT 14, 2013
By this time, best spicy bouquet i tried. Incredible strong aroma right away you open the bottle. Medium carbonated, tender fruity flavor with unbelievable mix of spices.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
adnielsen (10490) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 4, 2010
Tasted from a bottle at the Parade of Darks in Denver, Colorado. Dark pale orange appearance thatís 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
George999 (410) - Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2015 Aroma from the bottle is cloves and a little cinnamon, taste is malty roasted with pumpkin spices, brown sugar and molasses, finish is spices smooth and a little sweetened, overall solid flavor not too spiced or sweet, good balance

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BritAlesRule (215) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (14172) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 8, 2013
Bottle shared by Irishboy. Pours darkly ruddy with little or no head. Aroma is spicy - but perhaps more towards pumpkin pie than Xmas. Med + body. Flavor is so pie spice. It works, but itís a rather different Xmas ale. Judged without regard to season, itís a nice spiced ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (13432) - 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 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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (12198) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
notalush (5732) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wchesser (1920) - 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.

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