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RATINGS: 216   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (2579) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (7865) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2011
Pours a dark chestnut brown color that’s nearly opaque with a one finger beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind. Intensely spicy aroma with tons of ginger, pepper, cinnamon and others that overpower the light roasted dark malt character. Way too much wintry spice that simply overpowers everything else in the nose. Medium bodied with a blast of harsh, peppery spices that overwhelm the palate and overtake all of the other flavors. Tons of ginger, cinnamon, pepper and other spices kill the dark fruit and toasted malt notes that are hard to pick up. This beer is a mess with just too much going on at once. I’m glad that I split it with a bunch of friends because I had trouble finishing a few ounces.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
keepersj12 (2693) - 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 (6603) - 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 (583) - 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 (11083) - 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 (694) - 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 (1240) - 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.

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