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RATINGS: 1016   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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Kevbo99 (149) - Dunmore, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2002
Lets see... i get the beer, prostman takes a sip, then rates it b4 i do?!?! Anyway he was hammered when he had this. This is an excellent brew. Very prevelant is the aroma and taste of apples and cinnamon. Very good and very tasty.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - DEC 10, 2002
Great Lakes Brewing never ceases to amaze me. The nose is dominated by cinnamon, hints of honey, ginger, and nutmeg are also present. The brew pous a medium clear ruby. The generous creamy tan head is mostly lasting with good lacing. The flavor is exceptional for the style. Balance, balance, balance. Deep, rich, and warm. This brew has it all - sweet, spicy, sour, and bitter with low acidity, and manages to hide the abv. The medium dry body is soft, and finishes smooth and clean. I’ve sampled several brews of this style, and this is by far the best. There is no "looseness" in this brew that I have found in many of the others. Great Lakes never lets me down.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
duffman0885 (2) - USA - NOV 24, 2007 does not count
Dark copper color beer. Great flavor, not too overpowering taste of cinnamon, ginger, and honey. Smells like Christmas, which I love.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jlhuston (2) - Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, USA - NOV 11, 2009 does not count
This is the one beer I wait for each year. Yes, there are beers that are better, there are beers that are more complex, but if you are in the Great Lakes region (northeast Ohio) and you do not wait in anticipation for the all too breif christmas ale season, then move to the south! You have no right being in this area. The beer has a deep distinct flavor that is specific to the GLBC. It is understood by individuals when you say the beer is Great Lakes, they definately have a distinct finish. However out of the Winter Ales, this is the finest I have ever tasted.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
uhljoseph (66) - TAMPA, Florida, USA - MAR 28, 2012
A great Christmas ale that's hard to find. One of my favorites for the holiday season if you can find it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BernieLomaxXx (19) - Delaware, Ohio, USA - AUG 6, 2012
This is in my opinion the very best Christmas ale out there. It has a great ale taste with a hint of cinnamon. Sells out fast, so you got to be on the ball! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Shot (385) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Pours a light copper color with a thin head that dissipates to a lacy head. Aromas of yeast, caramel and a hint of cinnamon. No discernible hop aroma. Flavors are light and very complex; sweet, but not cloying; caramel, biscuit, ginger, orange peel, cinnamon. Lively carbonation. Finish is malty but dry, with bready flavors and a nice alcohol warmth. Delicious brew. One of the best Christmas ales I’ve ever had.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Busick (390) - Lake Wylie, South Carolina, USA - DEC 19, 2013
Very delicious seasonal. Not overly strong spices with a perfect blend of ginger and cinnamon! One of my favorite holiday ales!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
john81 (8) - USA - FEB 17, 2008 does not count
Great seasonal beer. Good flavor that is not overpowering. Out sells mass produced beer in Cleveland during Christmas season.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JaBier (6503) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2008
12oz bottle. Pours a clear deep amber with a medium off-white head. Aroma of cinnamon, ginger, clove and some hop. Flavor of ginger and cinnamon with a bitey hop finish. I have had this one many times and could never figure out what made it so good other than the fact that they did not wuss out on the amount of spice. I finally figured out that they were able to make a huge spiced beer and still give it enough hop character so as not to be overly sweet. Also, I have had some beers of the same style that tend to be a bit tart. These guys got it right. Still the best Christmas Ale I have ever had.


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