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RATINGS: 43   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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


MattShizzle's rating

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MattShizzle (562) - Bernville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2014
Bottle - from sampler pack. Orange-brown, cloudy. Very little aroma. Somewhat roasty and spicy. Not bad.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Wittales (714) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
samsmith33 (575) - - 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.

1.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
joejames (358) - 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jsquire (3736) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nick76 (4314) - 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.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 12/20
DialSquare (3396) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2014
12oz bottle from Savor Pint. Copper-orange pour with a thin khaki head. Aroma of brown sugar and cinnamon. Tastes are toasted malt, ginger, nutmeg, other xmas spices, vanilla. Palate is a little on the flat side. Yup, another christmas brew.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dpjuart (1094) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2014
Pours murky brown with red hues and a rimming, off white head. Light spice nose. Watery and light mouthfeel. Caramel notes with just a touch of spice. The beer shines through, instead of being a spice rack. Honestly, not bad.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
dmac (4675) - 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.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Matt_Foran (91) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 5, 2014
Nice brown/winter ale, with hints of cinnamon on the nose. Pick up even more cinnamon on first taste, with the vanilla and other spices hitting on the back end, lingering on the palate for a few minutes. A nice winter/seasonal ale, nothing too special here.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
nittanyjim (67) - - NOV 28, 2014
Weak nose, some slices evident. Cloudy amber/brown, minimal lacing. Cinnamon and vanilla...some sweet malt aftertaste. Very thin, disappointingly so.


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