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RATINGS: 222   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (6937) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 23, 2014
12oz bottle, 2013 vintage. Thanks to voodoofish65usf. Dark brown, red color. Hazy. Some yeast particles visible suspended in the body. Nice thin khaki head, with good retention. Leaves decent, but mostly loose short ropes of lace. Medium to bigger body. Very smooth, lighter carbonation, more dry finish. Lightly soft. Good plum flavor, some spice - cinnamon, ginger. A lot of complex spice things going on that are pretty well-integrated. Noticing the light chocolate, coffee notes. Light, but they are appreciated. Good moderate sweet taste, maybe a hint of tart. Nice light spiciness. Nice winter brown ale. Great complexity and bigger flavor, especially considering how light it is.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
artmcd8 (1780) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2014
Pours a deep brownish purple color with an off white head. The aroma is of nutmeg and dark fruits. Taste is sweet and slightly tangy with a nutty taste at the finish. Medium body with a medium carb.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bytemesis (3495) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 6, 2014
Bottle - thanks Sean! Pours deep dark brown, small tan head, dissipates quickly to a ring leaving nice lacing. Aroma is dark sugars, chocolate, earthy, spices, fruit cake. Taste is similar, medium sweet, some Christmas spices present on top of chocolate, dark sugars, fruitcake, cinnamon, pumpernickel. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sledutah (5098) - Utah, USA - DEC 31, 2013
750ml (2011) bottle thanks to PaulUnwin
Pours clear dark brown with a big tan head and some lacing. Aroma of holiday spices, cinnamon, floral and chocolate. Taste is full of spices, toasted malts, floral, chocolate and bitter herbs in the finish, dry

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
suprchunk (2336) - Crestview, Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2013
Dark, almost black, pour. Slight khaki head. Little lacing. Dark fruits and malt. Spice. Taste is a sweet spicy molasses mess. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcnielsen (2251) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 27, 2013
Bottle in Vail. Thanks to adnielsen for sharing. Pours a deep brown color with white head. Sweet, roasty, plum, fruity, spice aromas and flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
adnielsen (9449) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 27, 2013
Bottle in Vail shared with jcnielsen. Thanks to Homer321 for bronusing. Pours a dark brown appearance with a thin dark brown head. Cinnamon, dark grape, fig, plum, spicy aroma. Not all that sweet flavor. Spices are also not overpowering in the flavor with some notes of vanilla, citrus, grapes, plums, cinnamon, and flowers. Ok.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ICEatALAMO (990) - Troy, Michigan, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Bottle. The pour a dark brown. The aroma has dark fruit and spices. The taste is rather mild. A muted infusion of holiday spices. A solid christmas offering. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
novice101 (308) - - DEC 20, 2013
This was a pleasant surprise for me, had it out of the bottle. It taste exactly how they describe it a brown ale base turned to a christmas ale with spices! I really enjoyed big malt and big spice (cinnamon and ginger are prevalent). Glad they made them into 6 packs

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Lukaduke (2362) - Portland, Maine, USA - DEC 17, 2013
Pours a rich ruby umber color with a finger of eggshell foam. The nose is interesting with lots of burnt sugar, vinous plum and traces of seasonal spice. The palate follows the nose with lots of plum pit, toasted malts, burnt sugar some lighthanded seasoning a little coffee and cocoa on the back end... not too sweet even a bit of tang from the plum.

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