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RATINGS: 992   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.

Heathen's rating

   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darwenus (690) - Virginia, USA - NOV 23, 2015
As sweet ales go, this is one of the better ones. This ale pours deep copper color, the head fades quickly. The aroma is ginger, spice, winter squash, malt, and a little citrus. The flavor adds honey and a little lemon on the close. I like this quite a lot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bookman10 (772) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - NOV 19, 2015
Pours a dark, reddish-brown, with minimal head. Aroma is bursting with spices, ginger, etc. Flavor also dominated by the spices. Not sure this is really my thing...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
arn8897 (241) - Trenton, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2015
Pours a dark copper color with a white head. Fruity aromas and spice Flavors. Some cinnamon and sugar also medium sweetness and mouth feel. Very nice example of a Christmas ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Emeister84 (1721) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 14, 2015
Fruity aromas, spice, and malt. Clear red with a mostly fading off-white head. Pretty sweet, fruity, some spice, flavors are a little flat. Medium-full bodied, barely cloying.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jsporrer (216) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2015
Sample from a tap. Pours a deep brown in color with a tan ring. Some hints of spice in the aroma. Body is a little thin. Flavor is mostly spices which were a little harsh. Not really what I expected from a Christmas ale nor from Great Lakes. Didnít really enjoy this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gmillerstl (15) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 11, 2015
Very good, a lot of spice and honey. Good mouthful, ginger finish. Overall very pleasing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hayduke (4123) - Eureka, California, USA - NOV 8, 2015
Sampled at GABF. In the tasting glass amber with an off-white head. Nosd what I would call ginger. Medium body. Flavor is spicy with ginger and cinnamon. Classic Christmas beer and quite tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jared_Clifton (86) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 7, 2015
Pours a dark amber with white head. Medium body. Tons of spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, honey, and malts. Best christmas ale that I look forward to every year.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
r464 (2123) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2015
Amber colored with a whitish head. Spice, malt, and a little tartness. Cinnamon, clove, some doughiness. Medium bodied and a little sweet.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
burtallen (4) - Michigan, USA - APR 18, 2015 does not count
This is the best Christmas ale ever. The 7.5 abv will sneak up on you. The spice notes are superior.

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