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RATINGS: 1017   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.


3.6
   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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElGaucho (2388) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 16, 2006
Bottle. Enjoy by date: 2/9/07. Cinnamon and nutmeg aroma; instantly gets you into the holiday spirit. Crystal clear brownish amber. Steady, visible carbonation. Thin, but lasting, off-white head. Not much in the way of lace. Nice flavor. This is a brew that, despite being enjoyable, youíd probably only want at this time of year. It very definitely has the spice thing going on...cinnamon is the most pervasive. The ginger is there, but more muted due to the honey sweet cinnamon. At 7.5%, itís almost strong enough to be warming. The GL website doesnít say anything about changing the recipe from year to year. Frankly, I think thatís a good thing. If you make a good seasonal, stick with the recipe. If you want to introduce a new recipe make it a different brew. Thereís no law that says a brewer can only produce one holiday seasonal. Sam Adams has at least 3. Nice beer. Kudos to the folks at Great Lakes.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AlabastorJones (814) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 13, 2006
Ginger bread man in beer form, clear amber body with no head, spicey nose, mild hops in flavor, cinnamon and spices, a good desert beer for the holiday season, ho ho ho

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (8066) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 12, 2006
12 oz bottle. Yet another tasty one courtesy of crizay, thanks again. This beer poured a gold to copper color with white head. The aroma has some sweet malts and cinnamon. The flavor seems complex. I taste a couple malt variations, a bright cinnamon note, some sweet citrus and lighter notes of honey and ginger.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - DEC 12, 2006
12 oz. bottle via trade with lukin013 - Pours a clear copper color with a two finger off white head. Very light spotty lacing. Has a light caramel malt aroma with a touch of spice. Has a honey/malt flavor. Not quite to my liking. Medium body. Wortha try. Thanks Jon.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
aarossell (151) - Grandville, Michigan, USA - DEC 12, 2006
Bottle. Great beer. Lovely malt flavor with little spice addition. Not much though. Very rich red-orange color. Sweet flavor from the honey, but not much of a taste of honey. Great little dessert beer.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aurelius (5030) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 10, 2006
Cakey, bocky aroma. Very clear medium-dark oak color with a thin silky head. Ginger spicy, allspice, light sweetness, warming. Medium light body. Longish spice and alcohol finish. Technically, pretty good, but it got to clinging and I didnít finish the pint.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - DEC 6, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2007 growler and bottle- reddish/brown color, tan head, honey/cinnamon/malty/ginger aroma, without the slightest hint of hop. a great beer, that I have been told is so expensive due to the massive amounts of honey they brew with. alcohol hidden extremely well. my favorite chirstmas beer. 2007- re-rate- I am not going to adjust my rating, but I found this yearís version to be lacking in body, and was disappointed by it generally. Still, it remains wildly popular, and a decent brew.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rooney31 (42) - USA - DEC 4, 2006
Bottle: Pours a reddish amber color with minimal head. The ginger, orange zest and nutmeg aromas are the most apparent. For me the ginger and cinnamon were a little too much. Perhaps I should have tried the beer with some sugar cookies, but by itself the overwhelming ginger seemed odd. Itís not bad, just not my style of beer.


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