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RATINGS: 37   MEAN: 3.01/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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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


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (2821) - Michigan, USA - FEB 4, 2014
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 5/2014. Pours lightly cloudy ruby red color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toast, biscuit, brown bread, light toffee, light chocolate, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, light vanilla, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and spice notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, brown bread, cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, allspice, light chocolate, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, brown bread, cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, allspice, light chocolate, herbal, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and robustness of dark/bready malt and spice flavors; with a great malt/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy and very smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice spiced brown ale. All around good balance and robustness of dark/bready malt and spice flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerwarlock (13) - Trafford, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2014
Rather dark with a decent aroma of sweet malts and some hops. Nice lacing. Taste of winter spices with a citrus bite. Mouthful is slightly creamy. I like this take on a winter ale. Very drinkable. Great with a brown sugar/cinnamon rim.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kassner (1370) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2011
On tap Christmas eve at the Pleasure Bar in Bloomfield, brown and nutty with that super intense grape seed flavor and aroma. unique for holiday ales with lots of cloves

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
boto (1890) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - OCT 9, 2011
Draught @ Brewery: This one poured a ruby-tinged fairly clear brown color. There was a bit of a tan head on it that lingers and leaves some lacing. It has a nice aroma. Malty with some holiday type spices, but not overly done. The taste is good. Nice medium malt body, with a hint of sweetness. Spices and some fruits in the background. Just enough spices to be considered a holiday beer, but not so much that you wouldn’t mind drinking it all year. This one grew on me.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2011
An amber-red with a beige head. This one smells faintly of cinnamon, but mostly caramel and sweet cereal. The taste is not very spicy, mostly a slightly sweet brown. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t particularly interesting.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocLock (8053) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
artmcd8 (1777) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2011
Aromatic nutty scent. Tastes of spices and Christmas. This is a great winter beer. Got me buzzed.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11210) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dpjuart (1085) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerman6686 (4670) - 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.


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