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RATINGS: 1015   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pootzboy (1689) - Hopville, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2006
Bottle: Poured a clear copper ale in the glass with a 2 finger sticky rockey cap. Well carbonated. Aromas of spices, nutty malts and NW hops Passable malt presence, prickly mouth feel, medium bodied with a spicey-hoppy dry character. The frontside dumps some nut-like malts on the tongue only to have them quickly snached away into an astringent earthy taste by the spices ( ginger, nutmeg cinnamon) and the spicey NW hops...palate is clean crisp, astringent some fruit phenols from the ale yeast...finishes dry and slightly bitter from all the sharp spice and hop tones and just at the last second, some bready Christmas pudding sweetness appears. A nice warmer for cold weather...I could learn to like this one..not over spiced but certainly the spice and hops rides above the malts in this one.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 25, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2007 2006 bottle - Pours dark amber with an effervescent body and a fully receding tan head. Aroma of spice: heather, cinnamon, and clove with notes of toffee. Taste is nicely spiced, with notes of cinnamon, gingerbread, toffee, and caramel. Mouthfeel is full bodied with soft, pleasant carbonation. Very well done, quite enjoyable.

Ar7 Ap4 Ta8 Pa5 Ov16

2007 bottle - Pours reddish brown with a fully receding tan head. Aroam of cinnamon, ginger, citrus, and toffee. Mouthfeel is full bodied, lightly sticky with moderate carbonation. Very nice once again, will surely buy some more and rerate before this is gone. Ap4 Ar9 Ta8 Mf5 Ov17

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TURDFERGUSON (4039) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 24, 2006
Bottle from OhioDad. Thanks Scott. Saved this one for early Christmas morning. Pour is very festive-a deep, translucent, amber with a small head that dissipates quickly. Aromas of wet cardboard, ginger, cinnamon, light malts and slight hops. Flavor is similar to nose and the body is rather light for 7.5%. Pretty nice balance of flavors with a slightly sweet (honey), slightly spicey/hoppy palate. Happy Birthday, Jesus!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 24, 2006
Bottle: Amber colored pour with a white head. Aroma of spices, cinnamon, some fruits, some hops in there. Flavor, some sweet malts, some cinnamon, fruity hops, smooth and refreshing. A trace of warming. Pretty good, and itís nice to see every year.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 20, 2006
Pours with a red-amber body with great clarity, topped by a medium thick head with some lacing. Itís slightly sweet and malty with a nice cinamon and sweet honey note. A very slight hop note pops in from behind. Not as flavorful and spicy as expected, but, less is often more. Medium bodied, smooth and a touch warming.

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2006
It seems like a great year for Christmas beers, I like Great Lakes BC beers quite a bit, so this seemed a natural to try. The beer pours a copper red color. A pretty good head, with fairly week staying power. This beer leaves rather little lacing. Aroma is slightly sweet and vaguely of cider and cinammon. Taste is almost cidery...vaguely apple with cinammon notes. This is fairly well balanced with a maltiness that keeps this tasting like beer rather than cider. Not a lot of hop character to this. I can definitely imagine drinking it hot (Iím not). Mouthfeel is a bit thick and sticky, the way that a cider would be. In terms of drinkability, I think Iíd pass if offered another of these at the moment. This is not one of my preferred Christmas beers.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
b33r (830) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2007 Amber/brown in color with small light head. Very flavorful but not overwhelming.

Rerate 11/07, on tap at GLBC. Very fresh, strong spices, cinnamon and ginger. Good with very sweet, strong flavor.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sersdf (1019) - chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2006
canít really smell anything. um, red. smells fresh/mintish. tastes like ginger ale. real refreshing, pretty spicy. great.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 16, 2006
Courtesy of Crizay. <P> The aroma holds a melange of spices, but cinnamon is the most noticeable and the defining spice, aroma wise. Definitely has a Christmasy smell to it. <P> The body is amber to light brown and holds a small wispy tan/white head. <P> Fore is spicy with again cinammon and other spice, ginger seems right. Has a smoothness to it in the mouthfeel I like, but is thin and a touch watery too. Itís liquid christmas treats and Iíd like to try it mulled to be honest. Fruit cake, cookies, fig pudding....all in a glass.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrewTaylor (154) - Michigan, USA - DEC 16, 2006
Clear dark amber with a medium white head. Aroma of cinnamon and nutmeg. Slightly spicy and sweet. Extremely well balanced, very very good beer.


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