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RATINGS: 48   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.01/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Malts: Pilsner, Munich, Honey, Dark Crystal, Melanoidin, Chocolate
Hops: Simcoe
Spices: Cinnamon, Vanilla, Mace
A holiday beer for the nonconformist, Festivus is the perfect ale to “air your grievances over”. This mildly spiced red ale is malty throughout with a subtle hop nose. WARNING: Some but not all drinkers may experience certain side effects that include, but are not limited to: Random exhibitions of “ Feats of Strength” or impromptu “Shouting of Obscenities” .
O.G. 15.5

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jsporrer (744) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2016
Poured from a bottle. Pours a medium cocoa brown with a thin tan ring. Light malt aroma with a hint of spices. Fairly thin body, light malts and a hint of spices. OK but not that special.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mansquito (5474) - Nueva York, New York, USA - DEC 24, 2015
Grey Lodge Pub, Philadelphia tap: pours copper with a small white head. Aroma is nutmeg, butterscotch, malt, and other spice. Taste is spicy with small butterscotch and vanilla notes. Perfectly drinkable, but this is really not an exciting style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EithCubes (5634) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 9, 2015
Bottle. Nose spice and herbal, subtle chocolate and roast, light woodsy hopping. Pours deep bloody red, dark in the glass and easily confused with a lighter chestnut; head is dense but short, tan. Taste herbal, slight cola, spruce, wppd, paper, mint, faint vanilla, nutmeg. Feel mellow, slightly flat, somewhat crisp but in a fizzy way; strongly nutty, thin body but medium malt development. Has some brown ale muddle, touch of earth, very very restrained fruitiness. Fits the blustery season nicely, and I enjoyed it (but don’t bother offering it in the height of summer). [2015.12.09: 3.3]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BrettTaylor (738) - Radford, Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2015
Poured from bottle into snifter. Pours brown with red undertones, minimal white head. Aroma of cinnamon, vanilla, and caramel. Taste follows suit, with malt being more prevalent and the mace making an appearance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
njnut (465) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 29, 2015
Poured in pint a red tinged brown with white head. Aroma was malt heavy with some holiday spice noted but not close to being the main aroma. Taste was lightly toasted malts, toffee, caramel and cinnamon spice with vanilla. I liked this one because it was not overbearing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Wittales (761) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 3, 2015
Appearance was clear reddish brown with creamy off white tiny diminishing head, no lacing. Aromas are holiday spices, sweet toffee sweetness with clean yeasts profile. Taste are caramel malts upfront then soft pine hops. The flavor of cinnamon, vanilla and soft fruity easter finish. Palate was soft creamy CO2 with light body, then average length sweet holiday spice thin finish. Overall a good holiday brew, needs touch of body@6% or more CO2.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
samsmith33 (772) - - JAN 31, 2015
Aroma..cinnamon, apple, raisin. Taste..apple, malt, baking powder. Look..dark brown, creamy ladtong white head. Above avg. Carbonation. Growing into this as i drink. Wasn’t expwcting much, but not bad. I would say an above avg seasonal.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
joejames (486) - Jacobus, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2015
Bottle to shaker glass. Pours slightly hazy amber/red, quick head, no real lacing or retention. Aroma of cinnamon, mace and ginger. Taste is spicy sweet. Light bodied, medium carbonation, thin mouth feel. It starts finishing sweet then a nasty after taste. I didn’t care for this at all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jsquire (4167) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2015
Reddish amber color out of the bottle with almost no head. Sweet nose with hints of spice. There is a lot of light brown sugar and cheap caramel sweetness in this with some cinnamon and a hint of artificial vanilla in the finish. The marketing is better than the beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nick76 (4379) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 7, 2015
The aroma is toasted malt and spices with with hints of chocolate and toffee. The appearance is amber brown with a tiny head. The taste is like the aroma with a mild hoppy bitter sweet ginger bread finish. The palate is thick. Overall a fun holiday beer.

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