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RATINGS: 72   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 28   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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Once upon a frozen evening way up north, a sweet local honey named Holly inspired our Jolly Fat Man (as only Holly can) to create this festive spiced holiday ale. We think you will enjoy his holiday creation with itís aromas and flavors of Christmas day. Sweet malt, ginger, honey and cinnamon spice. Sip this by the fire with your significant other. Who knows, maybe it will lead to a little inspiration of your own. From our Jolly Fat Man to yours, Happy Holidays.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
b33r (682) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 8, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2013 Dark brown translucent color with a ring of an off-white head and little lacing. Aroma is much better this time around- raisins and spice with a deep fruitiness. Flavor is all spice, cinnamon and nutmeg with some caramel notes. Pretty good overall and now cheaper than Great Lakes Christmas Ale so Iím glad there are alternatives to the overhyped, overpriced local staple.
11/8/2012: (5)(3)(7)(4)(1 brown color with minimal off-white head and light lacing. Aroma smells like a wet dog but I kinda like it. Flavor has intense deep fruits with a pinch of spices on the tip of the tongue and a light sweetness at the very end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Yinzerita (13) - - NOV 22, 2014
Goes down extremely smooth. Little bit of honey and nice blend of spices. Good start to the winter

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
steelhead3686 (249) - Athens, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2014
Pours a clear dark brown/copper with a medium off white head. Somewhat earthy fall aroma with some sweet notes from the honey and a slight nutty hints. This beer really tastes like christmas. It has just the right sweet and bitter. You can feel the spices in the medium body and clean texture. Very clean finish that is almost cinnomon with a hint of sweetness. This is a very good Christmas ale. I hope they donít change a thing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
patrick767 (3586) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 21, 2014
bottle - Pours mostly clear red with a small, light tan head. The aroma is of caramel and dark fruit. It tastes sweet with caramel and a little spice, mainly cinnamon. Medium to full bodied. Fairly good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (6246) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 11, 2014
12 ounce bottle. Pours a dark copper color with a medium white head. A big sweet spicy nose. Sweet toffee, nutty, caramel, spices. Pretty smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocLock (8001) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2014
Bottle from Caponeís during X-mas 2013. Pours hazy chestnut with tan head. Nose is caramel maltm spicy nutmeg, cinnamon, clove. Tastes caramel malty, with x-mas spice, and a smooth finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Wittales (644) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 3, 2014
Appearance was clear ruby brown with diminishing creamy off white 1/4 finger head, spotty lacing. Aromas are holiday spices with sweet toffee malts and estery fruits English yeasts. Taste are sweet caramel, pale and chocolate malt base with ginger, cinnimon, nutmeg, vanillia, hints of acidic fruits and slightly dryish malts. Palate was smooth creamy CO2 with medium body, spicy average length malty holiday finish. A great holiday winter warmer, try it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
blutt59 (6028) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2014
Bottled, amber to walnut brown color with creamy skim foam, aroma is medicinal, flavor of caramel , gingerbread and eucalyptus, Vicks

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ed5388 (2197) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 18, 2014
12oz bottle from jsquire. Pours a clear dark amber color with a small fast fading off white head. Aroma of sweet malts and spices. Taste of sweet caramel and toasted malts, cinnamon, and a hint of dark fruit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - FEB 10, 2014
Bottle, thanks Jeff! Pours a dark reddish brown with short lasting white head. Aroma of spice, oranges, pine needles. Malt forward. Subtle spices with some orange rind, and nice ginger in the finish. Nice subtle complexity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (2769) - Michigan, USA - FEB 6, 2014
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/24/2013. Pours moderately cloudy deep ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, caramel, brown sugar, toast, brown bread, honey, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, coriander, clove, and herbal earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and spice notes; with great strength. Taste of raisin, caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, honey, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, coriander, clove, and herbal earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, honey, ginger, coriander, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance, robustness, and complexity of malt, honey, and spice flavors; with a great malt/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice spiced Christmas ale! All around good balance and complexity of malt and spice flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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