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RATINGS: 932   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madsberg (10142) - SÝborg, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2005
Bottled: Light orange/amber coloured. Beige dense medium sized head. Spiced (ginger and cinnamon) and sweet aroma. Flavour is malty and spiced and reminds me a lot of Christmas. Smoothe and pleasant. Is light hopped in the end. This is a nice beer from Secret Santa Mike (BBB63). Thanks.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - JAN 12, 2005
Rather sweetish nose, some ginger, and some alcohol can be detected. Amber body with a small white head. Spicy flavro, ginger, somewhat watery and thin.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrnkMcDermott (2789) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2005 Draft, at CLBC, July 30, í05 Served as "Christmas ale in July." Yup, itís all there: honey, ginger and cinnamon. Kind of comes across as a pumpkin pie spice beer. Good maltiness. Turns out to be a good summer beer too, when enjoyed in a cellar bar.
2004 Bottle, rated Jan 12, í05. Brown like an IPA when poured, and almost as hoppy. In fact, I think the spiciness in this beer comes more from hops than any spices themselves. Not that thereís anything wrong with that.. Rather, what I find is something more "easy drinking" than the usual overspiced holiday beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2005
Wasnít as impressed as some of my drinking buddies. Nice reddish brown color with a big beige head. Aroma was spicy. Very much like most Christmas ales. That spicy, gingery, fruity nose reminiscent of holiday cookies or fruit cakes. Light to meduim bodied, nice carbonation. Flavor was also that Christmas cookie type.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 2, 2005
I loves a beer with honey in er. My first "Christmas" beer, and I was expecting over the top spices. Really nice though, with just enough ginger, honey, and cinnamon. Tasted much like better Burning River APA. Perfect amount of alcohol too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (11940) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 1, 2005
(Bottle) Pours a clear amber body with a moderate off-white head. Aroma of hops, cinnamon, and other spices. Flavor of sweet malt, cinnamon, ginger, and pumpkin spice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - DEC 30, 2004
Orangey amber in color with a medium dense, off-white head. Spicy in the nose with a toasty, warm, plummy, earthy malt character. The same aroma components are thruoghout the flavor with a dry spiciness balancing the palate. The mediun/full body is based upon the residual sugar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
willblake (2647) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 29, 2004
12.29.04 12oz bottle thanks to bkelley68. Copper-teak color with fine head and some wispy lace. Aroma is strongly spicey - cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg - very wintery, but a bit strong for my tastes. Smooth and coating body is soft, full, and lightly eff. Sweet pie spices linger on after finish and leave a lightly burning sensation on the palate. This one is more complex and subtle than many holiday spiced beers, but itís still just not up my alley. Thanks, Brian!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Brew4Dug (138) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2004
Delicate balance to this version of the holiday ale. A bit too much honey which off-set some of the hop balance that I was looking for. Good overall version of the style, but Iíll take a SNCA for a favorite wintertime warmer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sfontain (802) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 24, 2004
Very pretty dark garnet; sizeable, off-white head. Iím just not detecting much for spices in this; the aroma is almost all malt and dark fruit, and I have to struggle to get the faintest hint of nutmeg. Similar flavor: Mostly malt and pretty much nothing else; light-bitter finish. Pretty full and only mildly sticky. OK, though not as outstanding as anticipated.

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