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RATINGS: 213   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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Cigar City Brewing’s official celebration of Christmas. A rich-bodied brown ale forms the stage for holiday flavors which dance a festive ballet highlighted by pirouetting leaps of Christmas inspired spices. Cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, rose hips and chamomile compliment the subtle chocolate and light coffee notes of the malt and the addition of roasted carob and chicory complete the performance. Brewed once a year to celebrate the Christmas season. Pair with fresh cracked nuts, fruit cake and share with friends and family. Merry Christmas from the CCB family!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
keepersj12 (2563) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 4, 2011
Pours brown with a red hue. The head is small and white. The aroma is very complex with the various spices and other ingredients trying to come through. I get ginger and plum along with some other scents that must be the other stuff in there. Very floral and fruity. The flavor has the same with a nice balance between the sweet malts and the bitterness. The finish is dry with a very complex after taste. One of my favorite winter beers so far.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
j12601 (6585) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2011
Bottle at the Cuvee de Castleton release. Pours a clear brown with a thin white head. Overly spiced. First thing that popped into my head was the Nogne version of the Stone/Nogne/Jolly Pumpkin collaboration which was undrinkable due to the level of spices. This one’s a close second. Spicy, tastes like nothing but cardamom. Toast, overly spiced. A little more subtle and this probably would have been excellent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stangger (582) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2011
Shared with ned1313. Light brown, mild lacing. Fruity aroma, sugar, cinammon, plum. Taste is sugar, plum, nutmeg with a slight hoppy aftertaste. A bit disappointing given the brewery and description.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (11005) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 3, 2011
on tap-pours a tan head that laces with copper color. Aroma is roasty-medium malt, nutty. Taste is roasty-meium/dark malt, nutty, earthy hops, some dark fruit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2011
Bomber shared with friends for Dosbeerigos 29th Bday. I really wanted to enjoy this beer, not just for the home town support, but because I generally love everything Cigar City does. This just didn’t do anything for me. The aroma and flavor was just bland and meh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Phillies08Champs (662) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2011
Bottle at CAH. Pours dark brown with some head that fades. First sip is spicy with cardamum, cinnamin and burnt sugar. Finish is bittersweet chocolate.nice beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
patrickfannon (1230) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2011
Bottle. Bomber split with Vinnie for my fist beer of December, on the first of December, 2011. Pours deep bloody mahogany cherry with beige lacing round the rims and leaves big dirty-snowy footprints in its wake. Aroma is ridiculous; pure fugde, bitter cocoa, oatmeal rasin sugar cookies, cinnamon, cardamom, and honey glazed rasins. Medium-full bodied with a small, slight mouthfeel. Flavors are dominated by oatmeal cookie, bitter dark cocoa, and some wieird chalky notes in the slow, easy finish. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
raradel (325) - Atlanti Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 1, 2011
Once again Cigar City is just unbelievable with the overall quality of there products. This thing is balanced and flavorful and... Great! Try it!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rbrazell (1458) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2011
Pours brown with hints of red and a small white head. Nose is plum, dates, sweet malt, brown sugar and holiday spice. Flavor is similar to the nose and still working very well together and not overbearing. Pretty tasty holiday beer!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jlo7399 (217) - Florida, USA - NOV 21, 2011
Pours dark brown with thick off-white head. Aroma is sweet dates and malts. Taste is brown sugar, dates, plum, a little cinnamon and roasty malts. Finishes clean. Not overly sweet and at 6% I could drink this all evening.

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