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RATINGS: 218   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!


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
UDBeernut (1822) - Moving to Jax, Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2013
bottle from beechner224 pours opaque brown, quick flash of a tan head. nose of cinnamon, toast, coffee. taste is sweet, muddled spices. finish is quick.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
klaing (116) - Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2013
An interesting beer. A sipper, couldn't drink a whole lot. Lots of cherry and chocolate, some ginger. Not much hopping. A tad sweet for me . But interesting. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BOSSbrewer (1937) - Arkansas, USA - DEC 1, 2013
From a bottle thanks to Brent. Pours a very dark ruby amber to brown. Thin tan head that persists. Aroma is nutmeg and cinnamon and spices. Place is all of the nice with sweet malt and dark fruits. Slightly bitter. As holiday ales go this one is drinkable. But I hate holiday ales almost without exception. Yuck.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wisdomsolo (466) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - NOV 30, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2013 Smells a bit off but the flavor is pretty solid. Sweet, fruity, spices with a subtle and slightly tart finish. I can dig it.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
thome50 (1064) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - NOV 22, 2013
12oz bottle from Sean who sent me a HUGE box of crazy beer for nothing. Dude is nutz! Pours a deep brown to black with thin tan head. Aroma is fruit, spice and some roasted malt. Cherry really. Taste is again more of a light brown ale with some fruit. Cherry, cinnamon, liquor, candy. The fruit on this is really big and comes through more than the spices for sure. Nice Christmas ale I could drink next to the fire.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Daniel719 (144) - Safety Harbor, Florida, USA - NOV 12, 2013
Decent beer. Had it in The Tasting Room on tap. Poured a dark dark brown color. Not much of a smell. Tastes of cinnamon and spice, a little ginger. It’s a good beer for the winter time. You can def get the Christmas taste from it.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
merc7186 (2200) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 8, 2013
A: Reddish/Brown Hue, Passes Mild Light, Thick White Head, Great Lacing S: Ginger, Cinnamon, Cardamon T: Ginger, Cinnamon M: Outstanding Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Spicy Overall, the taste is just spicy with an overpowering ginger on nose and taste.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
swoopjones (6106) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 4, 2013
bottle. plum brown pour. lots of flavor, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, some dark fruits, chocolate. Nutty fruit cake. Flavorful Holiday ale

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Gerbeer (1942) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 1, 2013
On tap. Pours a Dark brown with full head. Aromas of allspice, nutmeg, and shellac. Flavours are similar. Tastes more like a pumpkin beer. Pass.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beechner224 (726) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - OCT 30, 2013
Bottle. Light brown, cloudy color with minimal head. Aroma is muted spice, sweetness, and mild fruit. Taste is subtle mix of spice and malt, with no hop character to mention. Mouthfeel is smooth. Not to bad for a mild drinkable holiday beer.


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