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RATINGS: 1012   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 30, 2013
THOUGHTS: Definitely Christmasy. Nice, but I donít know what all the fuss is about. Itís a fairly stanadard Christmas ale. Slightly cloying at first on each sip but then it dried out pretty quickly. OK so as it warmed a little more I realized it has great balance for a Christmasy tasting beer. A little heavy on the spices but the honey gave it enough body to stand up to the spices. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear but flat, light to medium copper with a small, white head that mostly diminished. The aroma had moderate caramel; honey brown sugar; ginger; cinnamon; Christmas cookies and cakes; and just plain old Christmas. The initial flavor was moderately sweet and slightly acidic; while the finish was heavily sweet and lightly acidic and bitter. There was honey, cinnamon, ginger, caramel and Christmas. The light to medium body was fairly dry with rather fizzy carbonation and a dry finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaltOne (290) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 31, 2016
Pours a clear, light copper, brief white head. Light toasty aroma. Taste is lightly sweet, slightly spicey - ginger; a hint of peppery hops in the finish. Palate is light, but lingering. Overall, a light, easily drinkable holiday ale. Better crafted then some similar offerings.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
edgallow (3201) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 26, 2016
12 oz bottle pours amber with a off white head. Aroma of spices and malts. Taste is cinnamon, caramel and grain.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niko100 (2454) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2016
Rich amber/cider color; Medium body; Aroma of caramel malt, cinnamon, & some fruit; Flavor of sweet malt, caramel, cinnamon, hops, and fruit; Nicely balanced; Solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arnold931 (1111) - Iowa, USA - JAN 2, 2016
Bottle. Pours clear amber with thin off white head. Nose and taste is ginger and cinnamon. Okay.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
oldestof9 (1) - - DEC 31, 2015 does not count
This is good seasonal beer but my homemade is better...a smidgen more honey and a weeeee bit -not much - less hops

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
fuzzcro (100) - Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2015
This was the best of the winter ales I chose to try this year. Next year Iíll pass on seasonal ales completely I believe.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SG111 (811) - New York, USA - DEC 25, 2015
Bottled. Pours copper copper color, no head. Aroma is cinnamon, Christmas spices and actually a bit of ginger. Nice but subtle. Flavor is similar, cinnamon, caramel, and just generalized Christmas spices. Nice!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
robinvboyer (3766) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 25, 2015
Clear copper pour, small off white head. Lots of baking spices, syrup soaked bread, and some apples. Good mouth feel, good carb. Finish is big on the baking spices again, lots of cinnamon, ginge and cloves. A bit of a spice bomb at the end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
scarletfire65 (1242) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2015
Bottle at home on "The Worst Christmas Ever". Golden amber pour, frothy white head. Pretty looking beer. Holiday spices on the nose and palate. Mostly cinnamon. Dry....not as malty as some of these seasonals....which is nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
bvbunited (59) - Ohio, USA - DEC 24, 2015
This is a Great Lakes marketing genius. How they convinced an entire city that this is great and a must have at 13 a six is beyond me. There are thousands of beer I would drink before this

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