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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!


4.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jstraw (1922) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 25, 2012
Medium, hazy, caramel with massive (big bottle cap pop), fine-bubbled, beige head / Sweet, delicate, carbonated, soda pop nose of root beer and herb / Light to medium body, super aggressive carbonation (open at sink - lot of swirling to calm it down), hint of tartness, with ultimately a beautiful, delicate balance and dry, lightly bitter, finish / Stylish, refined flavors nicely matching the stated spice & herb blend, over a base of some caramel, chocolate, cherry, plum, and oak / My bottle was shipped FL to Chicago, albeit 2 weeks ago, so I’ll assume that this accounts for the body. So, aside from the quirks of the carbonation and nose, this is just great. One of the best beers that I have ever had. Comparable to the Belgian ales of Jolly Pumpkin and Fantome.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
raradel (341) - Atlanti Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 1, 2011
Once again Cigar City is just unbelievable with the overall quality of there products. This thing is balanced and flavorful and... Great! Try it!

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gym399 (26) - Florida, USA - DEC 11, 2011
From a bottle: the individual flavors of the spices come through nicely while still melding into a cohesive whole, very pleasant finish. overall great beer

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SPDickerman (957) - Texas, USA - MAR 14, 2012
Pours brownish plum with a large tan head. Smells like plums and other dark fruits, with hints of spices. Taste is mild, hints of spices and fruits. Medium-bodied with a prickly texture and lively carbonation, Cigar City Sugar Plum finishes with a mild sweetness.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Oakes (12633) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jzzbassman (1516) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - DEC 20, 2011
Bottle courtesy of theCheeseman. May have been my favorite of the epic night. Pours a cloudy dark brown with not much head. Smells like my spice cabinet, with ginger, cinnamon, and candied fruit. The flavor gets real interesting, with a black tea note that is intoxicating, especially combined with the light smoke. If you go in expecting a big sweet Xmas ale you will be disappointed, but a supremely interesting brew!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Peacehammer (621) - California, USA - JAN 13, 2012
Dark brown pour with one finger tan head. Very fruity aroma. Strong earthy tones to start with, some light spices on the back end. Not the flavor I was expecting given the aroma. Full bodied, but not tough to drink. Big points for this beer still maintaining its brown ale characters but still showing its fruit and spice flavors. 

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hayden1215 (321) - Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2012
Dark brown in color with medium thick head. Huge aroma - plums, sugar, and deep fruitiness. Smooth dark malts, brown sugar, big plum character and light smoke. Excellent brew

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
markwise (4467) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ernesto987 (3714) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 27, 2011
Alright this one really rocks. This is the spice blend I want from a spice beer blend. Sweet dark fruit finish


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