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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 2.6/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.63   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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This hearty Seasonal Ale renders smooth and warm spice malt flavors expertly, balanced by a complex aroma of Magnum and Crystal hops. Notes of nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon and orange zest make this the perfect brew for brisk fall and winter days.


3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (10970) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 15, 2011
Bottle from Whole Food in Folsom, CA. Pours dark copper with a foamy beige head. Aroma is roast malt, nutmeg and vanilla. Near med body. Flavor is all the xmas spices claimed, and the bite might be zest. Thereís a lot of flavor complexity in this beer, and itís good for the season.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Tmoney99 (10585) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 23, 2014
Bottle. Poured clear golden color with an average frothy white head that was mostly lasting with fair lacing. Soft spice and sweet malt aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium sweet spice flavor with a medium spice sweet finish of moderate duration. Soft drinkable beer.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ratman197 (9710) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 22, 2012
Bottle poured a clear reddish amber with a small lingering amber headf. Aromas of carmel, cocoa and lighht nuttiness. Palate was light bodied and crisp. Flavors of carmel, cocoa and a hint of nuts with a crisp carmel finish.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Drake (8503) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 6, 2011
12 ounce bottle from Whole Foods Market Charlottesville. Pours a clear dark amber color with a fizzy tan head that fades quickly. Aroma of caramel, citrus and a spicy finish. The taste is spices, apples, caramel, citrus and faint hops. Medium bodied. Decent.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
DuffMan (6670) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 1, 2012
Bottle. Clear, medium coppery amber, average eggshell head. Aroma is pretty weak, caramel and grains. Weak simple caramel profile, boxboard note in the finish. Whereís the spice?

1.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Ernest (6200) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 28, 2012
Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, off white, mostly diminishing. Body is dark amber. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (caramel), with notes of allspice, gum, green beans, plastic, bile. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter, unclean. Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Iím not really a big fan of the vegetable, plastic, and vomit spicing.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
PorterPounder (5485) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2011
Orlando, Fl - Whole Foods - 12 oz bottle. Medium copper pour - little to no head. Neutral aroma - hint of toffee if you try really hard. Flavor is very mellow, some hints of muddled spiciness. Perhaps a hint of nutmeg and cinnamon. Just a touch of citrus bitterness. Mouthfeel is thick enough. Donít bother writing home about this one - just keep it to yourself.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Suttree (5132) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 1, 2012
Brownish copper, huge white head. Smells toasty, woody, and lightly spicy. Flavor is dark bread, toast some spicy notes, some woody notes, some earthy notes. Not horrible, not great...

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
radagast83 (4563) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUN 7, 2012
12 oz bottle. Dark copper color with a thin head. Aroma is toasted malts, brown sugar, toffee, spice notes. Flavor was just the same. Pretty sweet, slightly artificial tasting but decent enough I suppose, especially for the price point.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dwyerpg (4528) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 28, 2011
Has a sweet grassy malt aroma. Looks okay. Definitely in that heavier Christmas-spice style. An okay beer that is a bit sweet and chewy. Just eh.


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