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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!


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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beergodd1 (400) - Conneaut, Ohio, USA - FEB 11, 2012
Poured a mostly brown amber with an average sized tan head. The nose is mild, notes of cinnamon and ginger with some more subtle dark fruit under tones. Smooth mouth feel with a medium body and some carbonation. Flavor is spicy with loads more cinnamon and ginger notes some lesser chocolate notes are present as is the mellow nutty malt back bone. Some dryness on the finish with an aftertaste I can’t put my finger on. But a Great holiday brew. I like the Warmer Winter A little better, but this is a good one.


2.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Clarkdvm (156) - Florida, USA - NOV 11, 2014
Draft at brewery. Smells better than tastes. One of cigar city’s weaker efforts. Too much coffee to be considered winter brew

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Homer321 (2044) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - NOV 6, 2014
Can to snifter. nose is a cross of pumpkin and Christmas spices. slightly floral. More floral and ginger in the flavor. very prominent in the flavor. tastes like licking a glade air freshener.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Enjoyit (3474) - Vadum, DENMARK - JUN 19, 2014
Unclear brown of color with an off white head. An aroma of spices, cinnamon, ginger and orange. A flavor of cinnamon, ginger, dusty and weak toffee. Too much spices for me.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Westmeister (1805) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 9, 2014
Bottle sample at Athens Beer Fest. Wow this was overly sweet. Figgy pie, spice, tobacco, more spice and more sweet. The spices make this fairly interesting and mildly complex, but just too sweet for me in the presentation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikeq215 (69) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAY 30, 2014
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a big tan head. Aroma is dark fruit, brown sugar, chocolate. Taste of dark fruit, malt, spices, some chocolate, medium body.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
BBB63 (6122) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 8, 2014
Bottle from Eric and served in a tulip" Pours basically brown with amber highlights topped by a mostly lasting fizzy head and okay lacing. The aroma has notes of caramel, tobacco, walnuts, plums, ginger ale, faint flowery esters. The taste is moderately fruity and somewhat sweet malts but not as sweet as I feared it could be considering the name. The spices are there but not overpowering till the finish. The mouth feel is sort of meh,not sure if it just me but something seems weird on the palate. Overall it is okay but I honestly expected a more malt forward sipper.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (6817) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 23, 2014
12oz bottle, 2013 vintage. Thanks to voodoofish65usf. Dark brown, red color. Hazy. Some yeast particles visible suspended in the body. Nice thin khaki head, with good retention. Leaves decent, but mostly loose short ropes of lace. Medium to bigger body. Very smooth, lighter carbonation, more dry finish. Lightly soft. Good plum flavor, some spice - cinnamon, ginger. A lot of complex spice things going on that are pretty well-integrated. Noticing the light chocolate, coffee notes. Light, but they are appreciated. Good moderate sweet taste, maybe a hint of tart. Nice light spiciness. Nice winter brown ale. Great complexity and bigger flavor, especially considering how light it is.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
artmcd8 (1718) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2014
Pours a deep brownish purple color with an off white head. The aroma is of nutmeg and dark fruits. Taste is sweet and slightly tangy with a nutty taste at the finish. Medium body with a medium carb.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bytemesis (3439) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 6, 2014
Bottle - thanks Sean! Pours deep dark brown, small tan head, dissipates quickly to a ring leaving nice lacing. Aroma is dark sugars, chocolate, earthy, spices, fruit cake. Taste is similar, medium sweet, some Christmas spices present on top of chocolate, dark sugars, fruitcake, cinnamon, pumpernickel. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sledutah (5022) - Utah, USA - DEC 31, 2013
750ml (2011) bottle thanks to PaulUnwin
Pours clear dark brown with a big tan head and some lacing. Aroma of holiday spices, cinnamon, floral and chocolate. Taste is full of spices, toasted malts, floral, chocolate and bitter herbs in the finish, dry
Decent.


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