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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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 22, 2010
Clear brown color with a thin tan head. Aroma of spices with sweetness and fruits. Flavor of fruits, spices, sweetness, there’s a definitive feeling of cinnamon bun in there. The body is light with an oily texture and soft carbonation. Not bad, but there’s no sense of direction in this beer, it seems there’s a lot of different elements, but no harmony or unity between the elements.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
markwise (4545) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 21, 2009
Entering ratings from old notebook- Thanks retorp for bringing this to a tasting. Pours brown-red with an off-white head. Nose is spicy- cinnamon, nutmeg, and a bit of dark fruit. Flavor is caramel, fruit, and spice with cinnamon and lingering spiciness. Very enjoyable, albeit low abv for some CCB beers.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TaktikMTL (6031) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 23, 2009
Bouteille de 12 oz partagée lors d’une dégustation Ratebeer Montréal chez moi. Arôme: Forte odeur de canelle avec une pointe d’autres épices. Apparence: La couleur est brune opaque. Présence d’une d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de canelle avec une pointe de caramel et d’autres épices. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement minérale. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. (Rating #2338)

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 12, 2009
In short: A Cinnamon bun with too much cinnamon.
How: Hand-bottled 12oz. Consumed fresh a week after TaktikMTL bought them at the brewery
The look: Clear dark ruby body topped by a very small off-white head
In long: The nose is an explosion of cinnamon. Tastes like a cinnamon bun (a cinnamon bun with abusive amount of cinnamon). Even the sweetness of the beer felt like the caramel-ish icing of a cinnamon. Maybe a little gingerbread man in there too. Some fruity notes crushed under the excessive spiciness. Sharing a bottle was ok, but the cinnamon is too overdone for this beer to be enjoyed in full bottles/pints. So excessive was the cinnamon that I was wondering if we got a bottom of keg with too much spices deposit. But maybe I’m not the right person to complain about someone using too much spices in a recipe, my own cooking is so bad that the flies pitched in to fix the screen door.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 4, 2009
My Bottom Line:
Bursting cinnamon and cardamom seep into discreet burnt caramel, developing candied fruitiness and even more spiciness for this highly original if not slightly overbearing novelty ale.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the translucent reddish brown.
-The aroma is immensely spicy, maybe a tad too much for my tastes.
-The omnipresent fruitiness is plummy and cherry-like at times.
-Carbonation is relaxed and the body is lean, increasing drinkability.
-That spiciness is very lengthy, almost nagging.

Hand-bottled from the brewery.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Oakes (12789) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 2, 2009
Dark brown. Thick head. Light muddiness. Huge aroma - plums, sugar, muscovado and deep fruitiness. Smooth dark chewy malts, brown sugar, big plum character and light smoke. Excellent.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MeadMe (1332) - Riverview, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2009
A: Pours a chestnut brown hue with tones of purple showing thru. The head is thick, dense, and creamy with good retention. S: Nice roasted malt aroma with a huge blast of spice. Tons of Cinnamon, Nutmeg, and Allspice. Light notes of dark fruit lay beneath. T: Wow I expected the spice to be huge here but it is not. The base beer is a solid one and it has not been destroyed by the spice. Nice roasted malt can be picked up right away with hints of caramel and toffee. Dark fruit comes next with hints of plum. The spice is there, but in such a understated way. It is light and just kind of hangs out in the background. Very tasty, and sessionable. M: Medium in body, with good carbonation. D: I could drink several. I have the feeling Cigar City will be known for the big beers they make, but this is one of the examples of a wonderful sessionable brew that they will bring to market.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2009
draft at CCB. thanks again for your hospitality joey...pours a mostly opaque caramel brown with a huge light tan head.... tons of ginger and cinammon in the nose with nice sweet pear/plum undertones... heavily spiced flavors, smooth mouthfeel and carbonation, with a nice brown ale malt backbone with some added fruit components for complexity. very drinkable spiced up holiday ale.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - FEB 15, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2012 Sugary plum pickle aroma is nice and includes cardamon and some dark sugars. Like no other beer I’ve smelled. Creamy mouthfeel. Definite taste of plum candy, like the Chinese plum candies. Nice array of spices. Brown sugar, cinnamon and a fun, dry, tannic finish....Bottle from fresh market. The appearance leaves a little to be desired. Its got a nice, everlasting tan head. But the color is muddled and totally opaque. The aroma is warm, cheerful, and friendly with some pretty aggressive spicing. It isn’t totally obvious what the recipe has and I’m not that good at guessing. Maybe juniper berry, nutmeg, clove, allspice? Cinnamon, perhaps? The palate is spot on to a Belgian character. The flavors are more mature than the aromas, coming together in fruit and spice bread, dark and nicely toasted. After reading the label for the ingredients, I can really understand. The aroma stole the hibiscus; but the flavors capture the carob and roasted chicory. Well done!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 29, 2008
Draft at the brewery, courtesy Joey and Wayne. The crimson-plum colored body is topped with a small but dense head of cream colored foam. Nice ribbons of lacing circle the glass. Aromas are all over the map, yet well integrated. Caramel malts and dark fruits lay the malty baseline, while mild roast and earthy hops lend balancing bitterness. The spice profile is tough to decipher due to all of its various components, but the cinnamon, plum, and cardamom define themselves well. Flavors follow suit, a sweet caramel and fruit background balanced with earthy hops and floral, winter time spices. Medium bodied and smooth, this is a relatively easy going cold weather brew.


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