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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!


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
merc7186 (2241) - 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 (6201) - 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 (1992) - 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 (761) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
peteinSD (1402) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 18, 2013
’11 bottle. Light red pour with a massive froth of tan foam. Aroma is a lot of spice and some underlying roast. Taste is a lot of spice with thin bitterness. Light, dry mouthfeel. Spices just seem to all blend together into an indistinguishable mass. Okay.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5077) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 11, 2013
From the September 2013 3R6P tasting +++ Sampled form a 750 ml brown bottle this beer poured a dark brown color with plum highlights and a huge foamy orange-tan head that faded quickly and left good lacing. The aroma was sweet Dr Pepper, fig, cinnamon and nutmeg. The flavor was malty and toasty with a prominent Dr Pepper presence and notes of fig, cola, cherry, orange and hints of tobacco, molasses and nutmeg. Long finish of Dr Pepper, fig, molasses, orange and nutmeg. Medium body. Odd.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DoublEE (783) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - AUG 28, 2013
Beer a fair amount of spice. Nutmeg maybe some cinnamon. Lot of bitterness from hops and I get this slight pit bitterness to it as well. The nose is pretty good but in the end this combination of spice and flavors was a little disappointing.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Marheb (2298) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 5, 2013
Une bière de noël fichtrement trop épicé pour moi, le gâteau aux fruits est partout et moi je m’en vas.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Strykzone (5065) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUL 23, 2013
Sampled at esbls. Dark red brown. A cool blotchy tan head. Lots going on here and it is kind of weird. Cinnamon, spices, complex fruit. Maybr "fruit cake" describes it. Ok, different but not great.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deaconmike (399) - Roswell, Georgia, USA - MAY 24, 2013
First, it’s Memorial Day weekend and I’m drinking a Christmas beer, but hey, whenever I’m able to get some CCB beer in GA, I’m gonna drink it. Dark copper, cloudy. Thin head disparate s quickly. Aroma is holiday spice. Spice continues in the taste along with dark ripe fruit and caramel. Medium mouthfeel. Overall, fairly unique beer. I enjoyed it.


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