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RATINGS: 993   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
It has a cinnamon and ginger spice flavor, a rich copper color, and a medium body that will fit with any holiday meal.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jdubilla (12) - Athens, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2005
Great Lakes is one of my top picks, regardless of style. This one has an interesting aroma of nutmeg and spices. Appears slightly reddish, just like GL Nosferatu. Taste isnt overwhelming considering 7.5% alcohol.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kramer (5510) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2005
12 oz bottle via trade w/ Sprinkle. Pours a dark copper with a fluffy 1" head, generous amounts of bubbles rising up. Aroma equal parts resiny hops, cinnamon, and spicy ginger. Smells like Christmas. Flavor is dominated by cinnamon, like red hots dissolved in beer. Sweet malt base is just beaten down by all these spices. Finish is akin to hot (as in spicy) ginger ale with cinnamon. Light to medium bodied with a creamy texture. Could be a lot better if spices were a little more toned down. Maybe with a little age?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hippie4beer (162) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - NOV 24, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2005 Bottle. Pours a golden red color with a light head. Aroma strong of nutmeg and corriander. Flavor is highly spiced and with much cinnamon. Light on palate. Not too bad... a little weak on the body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
envane (568) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2005
Even the very solid, malty 7.5% body can’t stand up to the relentless ginger/cinnamon assault. Which is a pity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoshuaB (476) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - NOV 22, 2005
Pours a pale clear orange with some good white foamy head. Lots of bubbles. Aroma is honey graham crackers, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, and biscuits. Taste is pretty yummy. Starts out with a lot of spicing, cinnamon and nutmeg being the dominant players. The spicing is mixed with a nice amount of sweet malts to balance everything out. The end tastes like you are drinking gingerbread. Lots of honey as well, kinda sweet. Medium bodied, decent palate, although a bit cloying as you near the end. A warming sensation from the alcohol. I could only drink one of these in a given night, but a solid beer. Defintely a Christmas beer. Happy birthday Jesus!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kevin (2159) - New Mexico, USA - NOV 20, 2005
copper orange body with a frothy white head that shrinks kind of fast. cherry syrup aroma with some biscuity notes and a touch of cinnamon. spicey weinerschnitzel flavor. this is very meaty. a bit of cinnamon flavoring too. a malty sweet brew with a little something extra. this keeps making me think of saisons. the spiced finish is delicious. a damn fine beverage.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thedm (5214) - Fort Wayne, USA - NOV 18, 2005
This bottled brew poured a medium sized head of off-white colored fine to medium sized mostly lasting bubbles that left behind a transparent carbonated dark orange brown colored body and a good lacing. The aroma contained mild malt and caramel notes. The mouth feel was tingly from start to finish with a smooth caramel malt hop flavor. All-in-all its a pretty good brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
SB (334) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2005 From Bottle

Aroma of Honey, hops, and malts. Flavor has distinct Honey hints. I can’t taste any spices in this at all. Medium, filling mouthful, and the 7.5% alcohol is well hidden. Sweet aftertaste. Smooth going down.

Re-rated December 4, 05
Poured a medium copper. Nice white head of small bubbles from the carbonation. Aroma of honey and spices (all-spice, maybe?). Flavor is sweet from the honey, and taste of ginger and something else...kinda of piney. Nice sweetness in the aftertaste Still very easy and smooth to drink. I think this is still my go to holiday session beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerBaronLS (85) - Grove City, Ohio, USA - NOV 13, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2007 Interesting spicy beer. The title definitely fits... I can see myself drinking this by the fire on christmas morning, but not an everyday beer I’d drink. Hides the alcohol very well. The ginger is a little over the top

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 11, 2005
Bottle via trade with Ohiodad. Pales a bit after a Nosferatu. Light golden copper. No head. Light aroma. A gingery finish but less flavour than expected.

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