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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!


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DoublEE (784) - 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 (1970) - 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 (4842) - 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 (367) - 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.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SlovakSniper (3048) - Candiac/Frelighsburg, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 20, 2013
Une bouteille de 12 oz datée de 2012. Cette bière brune acajou est bourrée par les épices, bien maltée et assez fruitée. Ses saveurs me semblent plus étoffées. Je relève des grains presque chocolatés, des malts rôtis, du caramel, des épices de Noël et de l’orge doré. La sensation en bouche me semble bien professionnelle. La finale est plutôt sèche, épicée et légèrement trop longue. Une bière qui ne m’allume pas du tout malgré le fait qu’elle ne soit jamais trop sucrée ni jamais trop lourde. Son nez épicé et ses saveurs balancées (il y a des houblons là-dedans) ne réussissent pas à me convaincre de la totale utilité d’une bière qui souligne les 2000 ans d’une imposture montée par un petit bonhomme qui ressemblait à un acteur de Bollywood et qui parlait l’araméen.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
dreadnord (1013) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 8, 2013
Not a fan. Pours dark brown with a small head. The nose is big spicy apple pie, but I guess in the case it’s plum pie. Some fruity aromas, to include plums, raisins, figs and some molasses as well. The taste is very high sweet and low to no bitter. To much. The texture is crisp, body is heavy and the finish is long.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RABinCO (1167) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAY 6, 2013
Bottle. Aroma is a huge cinnamon and ginger spice bomb. Pours cola brown with a real bubbly tan head. Taste like cinnamon-filled gingerale. Cloyingly sweet. I guess a nice winter beer, but not so pleasing in the spring time. Even this 12oz bottle is too much for me.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
djd07 (3372) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 23, 2013
Bottle as shown. Pours a dark amber with medium beige head that lasts awhile leaving spotty lacing. The aroma is berries, caramel, and spice. Medium mouthfeel with a spicy fruit flavor and light roast and caramel with light spice in the finish. Good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (6602) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAR 17, 2013
Bouteille 33cl, thansk to Ibrew2or3. Cuivrée trouble, col crémeux beige. Arôme présente un bouquet agréable d’épice de saison hivernale donnant ici un côté festif entre cannelle, gingembre léger, cardamone. Le tout garde un fruité léger noir, pruneaux, malté grillé sur une fine pointe de chocolaté venant de carobe. Palais est léger, rappelant le pain d’épice; fine note de cannelle, chocolaté, cardamone avec un côté fruité tirant vers la prune, raisin sec, pruneaux. Gingembre ajoute une touche d’épicé, le tout sur un profil moyennement fleuri et houblonné. Garde cet esprit festif US de par l’usage sympa des épices et qui manque franchement en Belgique. Fini sec avec en retrait une fine douceur sucrée. Une première pour un ajout de cynorrhodon, dont je ne connais pas le goût mais qui ajoute peut être cette douceur?

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
glennmastrange (2229) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - MAR 10, 2013
Bottle. moderate malt aromas of cookie, roasted and nutty, light to moderate flowers for the hops and dough and leather for the yeast, with notes of fig, raisin, prune and nutmeg. Head is average to large, creamy, light beige with darker swirls and good yet slippery lacing, and is mostly lasting. Color is murky mahogany. Flavor starts lightly to moderately sweet and acidic, then finishes moderately acidic and lightly to moderately bitter. Palate is on the fuller side of medium and oily, which is almost hidden by the very fizzy carbonation. I felt a little robbed of a fairly good palate because of the over carbonation, but letting it settle down and warm a bit bit really brings out the best in this Spiced Beer.


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