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RATINGS: 935   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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It has a cinnamon and ginger spice flavor, a rich copper color, and a medium body that will fit with any holiday meal.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drsordr (1126) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 11, 2013
Bottle pours copper. Nose sweet malt, spice, Taste similar. Sweet malt up front. Some ginger and clove. Mininal bitterness.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HoppyScallywag (71) - Butler, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2013
Not too sweet but a lot of holiday, sugary, kind of flavors. Good for a bottle or two. Certainly wouldn't buy a case. A six pack would be pretty iffy. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pinkie (470) - New York, USA - DEC 11, 2013
This pours a burn orange or brick orange and has golden hues. A stream of bubbles make their way to the center of the glass to meet a creamy head of tinged off white foam. Good retention and great lacing on this one. There is a hefty amount of yeast or sediment floating around in this one and to call it hazed would be to undermine the substantial particles that are floating in this glass.

The nose is rich with malt. Caramel, bread, nuts, and a fain dusting of cocoa powder. There is a fresh light citrus and the scent of raw honey. There is a faint cinnamon and nutmeg and if you really dive deep the very faint scent of fresh ginger.

Taste is rich and malty. Thick, chewy and nutty. The citrus keeps it moving and the chocolate is as mellow as the spices. The honey adds a bit of sticky quality to the mouthfeel but the beer does not get terribly sweet. It finishes not quite dry and with a mellow and subdued aftertaste .

This one had a full malt mouthfeel. A grainy texture of caramel and nuts. The honey and the fruit could have been more powerful but they laid out restrained and somewhat flat. The spices were too faint in the drink to make a difference in the taste. It drank a bit heavy and slow. It needed something to contrast the nutty bready flavor and give it a lift on the palate.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RespertFTW (520) - Michigan, USA - DEC 9, 2013
Bottle to Fulham FC tankard. I’ve never been a huge fan of any ales with spice, but this is pretty tame and I like that.

-- rated with beerbasher

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bwa5879 (689) - Portage, Michigan, USA - DEC 9, 2013
Pristine medium red pour with half inch of offwhite head. Lots of bubbles rise from the bottom. Very very creamy scent, some pine hops, berries and sour malt. Lively carbonation, very low density, frothy mouthfeel, slightly dry finish. Taste is fresh cream, raspberry and cranberry, piney earthy hops, ginger and dried fruits, light biscuity malt. Nice light christmas ale with unique berry flavor that isn’t too heavy on the christmas spices.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TattooJack (117) - Illinois, USA - DEC 8, 2013
This beer is probably the best cure for all the pumpkin spice crap we have all been flooded with recently. It has a great taste with just enough cinnamon and ginger at the end to let you know it’s there. Hopefully just enough to provide some of the healing properties I have read about that will reverse the effects of heavy alcohol consumption. And it’s 7.5%, so Merry Xmas to me!!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
vikingguy (816) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2013
Attractive amber with tall foamy head. Christmas spice aroma. Taste is bold and rich. Notes of honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, dark fruit and ginger. Very malty but a decent hop bitterness balances it well. Very festive flavored ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
gripweed57 (734) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - DEC 7, 2013
12 ounce bottle. Bright amber orange color. Medium-sized bubbly white head. Caramel malt nose with faint notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. Toasted malt flavor with lot’s of Christmas spice and floral hops. Nicely balanced and full of flavor.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Thejay801 (12) - - DEC 7, 2013
A great Chris's ale with nutmeg coriander and other spices. A nice winter beer ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
OPIE788 (336) - Ohio, USA - DEC 7, 2013
Draft. I live in the Cleveland area so i try it every year. It seems to get worse every year. Copper brown color with a white head. Dark fruit and cinnamon in the nose as you’d expect from a Christmas beer. Faint cinnamon and dark dried fruit taste as well. This used to be a big, bright strong beer but every year , the price goes up and the taste goes down. I miss the old days.


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