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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (12198) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 9, 2013
on tap-lt tan head with trailing lace-copper. A-roasty med malt-cocoa. T-roasty med malt-cocoa, 2nd earthy hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dogbrick (11609) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 4, 2014
Clear dark amber color with a medium thin off-white head that dissipates steadily. Strings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of malt, vanilla and spices. Medium body with flavors of sweet spices, bready malt and slight fruit. The finish is sweet with a short chocolate malt and spice aftertaste. Just average overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopdog (11602) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2012
12oz bottle. Deep amber, bordering on brown, with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of spice (definitely cinnamon & ginger). Tastes of spice, floral hops, and some earth. Definitely a spice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocLock (9999) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2011
12 oz bottle from Craft Ale. Pours hazy deep brown with 1-finger splotchy khaki head. Nose is vienna malty, earthy, with brown sugar, x-mas spice, and hops. Tastes spicy, nutmeggy, and very hoppy, with a pronounced malt flavor. Reminds me of a 33/33/33/ mix of scotch ale, X-mas ale, and Simcoe IPA, and that combo works significantly better than I thought it would.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6842) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2011
Sampled on draft at the Rivertowne Pub in Irwin this beer poured a very dark brown color with a small beige head that faded quickly. The aroma was dryish and nutty with a faint vague spicy undertone. The flavor was dryish and nutty with notes of caramel, vague spices, faint floral hosp and a bit of tobacco. The finish was long and dryish with some caramel, molasses and spice lingering. Medium body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerman6686 (6380) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2010
This poured a murky medium brown color with an off white head. Aroma was of Nuts, light spices and toasted malts. Flavor was nutty, brown mlats, lightly toasted and a pleasant amount of spices, not overpowering. A bit of a surprise.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kramer (5912) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 14, 2014
Bottle. Pours a clear dark amber body with a small fizzy beige head that was fairly short lived. The nose is moderately spicy, mostly cinnamon and vanilla, with some toasty and sweet caramel maltiness below. The flavor is on the sweeter side as far as the malt goes. The spice mixture doesn’t really work for me all that well. I’m used to cinnamon, but it’s combo with vanilla and mace (whatever that is) just doesn’t work for me at all. The lingering finish of that weird mixture of spices far outlasts the malt. Medium bodied and a little clingy with soft fizzy carbonation. I don’t really know what to make of this one, I think they need to go back to the drawing board with the spice bill.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
dmac (5635) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 6, 2014
12oz bottle from Xroads. This is an uninspired thin body lightly yet badly spiced winter seasonal. Thin watery mouthfeel with light carbonation gives way to an aroma of sage and macewith a hint of chocolate and cinnamon. Flavor steps it up a bit with more of a nutmeg than cinnaomon and more of a brown bread than chocolate. Overall you can skip this one if you aren’t a hard core ticker.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EithCubes (5633) - 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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mansquito (5472) - 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.

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