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RATINGS: 224   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!


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2011
750ml Bottle: Aroma of malt, roasting, chicory, light cinnamon, slight ginger, light carob, cardamom, light chamomile, and some sugars. Poured brown/plum/mahogany in color with a medium-sized, creamy, dense, beige head that diminished but lasted throughout. Cloudy. Sparkling. Full of tiny particles throughout. Good lacing. Flavor is medium sweet. Tastes of malt, sugar, cardamom, light chamomile, roasting, light cinnamon, and slight ginger. Medium body. Average texture. Malt, sugar, cardamom finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (9443) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 18, 2011
Brown pour. Spice cake, cookie, fruitcake, light hops, caramel aroma. Flavor is dryer than expected, a nice dose of hops and some great spice cake/cookies. Nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaraCurtis (117) - Nevada, USA - DEC 18, 2011
Brown, maybe a dark burnt orange. Minimal head, thin, creamy color. Not as spicy as expected, very nice and balanced. It is not too spicy at all, I think it is very nice in the spice. It was a bit cold upon consumption and some more spice may have come through after it warmed a bit more. Even after letting it warm while drinking it however, it was still a nice balance of spice. Nice beer! Thanks Dak!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drowland (6164) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - DEC 17, 2011
12/17/11. 750mL bottle. Brown pour, somewhat brick red under the light, under a big, fluffy tan head that reminds me of light caramel and laces in spotty, spider-web sheets. Somewhat light aroma of seltzer water, cream, chocolate, a bit of nutty roastiness, and just a touch of spice. Sweet caramel and a bit of fruit hits the tongue first followed by nutty, bitter roastiness that transitions to dry, lingering Christmas spices. Tasty, but I was expecting a little bit more spice and fruit.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
changeup45 (1717) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2011
Bottle from Knightly. Toasted malt aroma with nuts and caramel that’s then followed by a blast of juniper, nutmeg, and ginger. Maduro with a holiday spiced theme... check. Pours dark brown with amber highlights; a tan head forms on top that fades to a lasting ultra thin layer. Not much lacing although some light foam slides along the glass and settles back where it came from. This is fairly easy to consume for a holiday spiced beer, with toasted nuts, light chocolate, and caramel that collide with all the spices; ginger, cardamon, cinnamon. When looking for it I do pick up some tart red plum but otherwise I’m preoccupied by some of the other things going on. There’s lots going on but the body is still pretty light and I don’t at all think this is overly spiced. As noted before, this is Maduro Brown Ale with holiday spices added. And while not something I’d want on a regular basis, it’s a great beer for the season that I enjoyed more than I thought I would.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PhillyCraft (3441) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2011
Bottle from Beer Heaven, poured a purple and brown color with ample lacing and a medium sized head. Aromas of cocoa, coffee, saigon cinnamon, oats, and honey. Taste is filled with raisins, honey, oatmeal, cinnamon, cardamom, dark chocolate, and some toasted malts. Full flavored brown winter ale that has similiarites to their Oatmeal Rasin Cookie. Medium bodied, and warming. Worth trying for the holiday season. Cheers.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gym399 (26) - Florida, USA - DEC 11, 2011
From a bottle: the individual flavors of the spices come through nicely while still melding into a cohesive whole, very pleasant finish. overall great beer

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 10, 2011
Draft @ redlight redlight. Spices on the nose, cinnamon and cardamom. Pours brown with a thin off white head. Flavor is dominated by spices with cinnamon and cardamom It’s just too spicy for me

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (2684) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2011
Pours dark amber brown with a nice light tan head. The aroma is crazy - huge notes of spices and dark fruits with some sweetness. You can smell such a big combination of all the spices mentioned, like a gingerbread cookie. The flavor is similar to the aroma - tons of flavors of spices with some sweet notes. it is like holiday spices all over your palate dominating, but in a good way for a while at least.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2011
Pours turbid chestnut with 2-finger tan head. Nose is x-mas spice, malt, ginger, cacao, cardamom. Tastes malty, with a well integrated spicy cinnamon, cardamom, plum, and cacao flavor. Works like a complex X-mas ale, with the spices being plentiful and working well with each other. Quite nice.


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