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RATINGS: 224   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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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6299) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 29, 2012
Bottle:   Deep cola, moderate frothy sandy head, nice lacing.   Spicy nose, candied walnuts and cardemum, minor clove.   Has a sort of allspice flair.   Similar on the tongue, not too heavy.   Has a sweet earthy and and bark type background.   Its very shrubby, almost juniper.   Moderate body and mouthfeel.   Lingering woodsy like spices.   This is one of those beers that you do enjoy, but you keep drinking it to better understand it and then before you know it, the beer is gone.   Thanks for the bottle Jason!



3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TXBadger (1558) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 23, 2014
Pours a nice brown color with off-white head. Sweet dark fruits on the nose, with some subtle spices; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a nice little sweetness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
MeerkatTampa (23) - New Port Richey, Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2014
On tap at the tasting room. Dark brown with minimal light tan head. Strong notes of chocolate in the nose. Surprisingly hoppy; I was expecting sweet. Generally tasty, but I’m not getting the Christmas spices. Dark chocolate and black fruit are front and center. The finish is long with a bitter caramel accentuated by the hops. Very drinkable, but I was hoping for more depth and complexity.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrHangover (2766) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - DEC 14, 2014
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown, murky beer with a very generous, beige creamy head on top. Aroma is very herbal, typical Christmas ale, loads of cinnamon, nutmeg, chestnuts and other spices. Flavor is very sweet and herbal again, returning most of cinnamon in front, backed up by a sweet malty base with ginger touches in there. Overal a typical Christmas beer, a winter warmer with full taste yet low abv. Quite decent stuff!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrewFace (889) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - DEC 5, 2014
Big roasty aroma, semi sweet chocolate with some hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. Dark brown, mostly clear, with light tan head. Roasty, light spice notes, some chocolate malt.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Prufrockstar (1145) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 1, 2014
12 oz can thanks to Homer321. Pours nearly black with creamy tan head. Some lacing. Aroma brings baking spices atop bittersweet chocolate. Thinking I should probably have a slice of pie with this. Taste: lightly spiced sweet porter with lasting roast bitter finish. A touch astringent. Palate: medium body, average carbonation. Overall: listed now as a "winter porter" on the label. Nice take on a winter/fall spiced porter, but hard to see this as one I’d crave more of.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (8993) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 29, 2014
Bottle shared by jackl, 11/19/14. Gusher. Pours a clear copper with a large frothy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of plum, spice, caramel, toffee, nutmeg. The taste is toffee, burnt sugar, plum, spicy finish. Medium bodied, mild lingering spice. 300th S/H/V!

2.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Clarkdvm (175) - 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 (2146) - 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 (3483) - 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 (1831) - 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.


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