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RATINGS: 929   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.


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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chad9976 (1081) - Albany, New York, USA - DEC 23, 2011
I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pretty shade of dark amber/orange/light red. Mostly clear with plenty of visible carbonation. Forms a large, white, frothy head which laces and retains well.

Smell: Mostly ginger, some cinnamon: a graham cracker-like overall aroma.

Taste: The palate begins with immediate sensation of spice: ginger being the most prominent, followed by a firey cinnamon bite and a sweet, rich honey taste to round it all out. Vanilla and the taste of shortbread seems to be lurking somewhere in the palate, too. Thus it does live up to its reputation of being a liquid Christmas cookie. The actual beer components of hops and malts seem to take a backseat to the spices and flavorings, though. Thereís a biscuity maltiness holding up this palate and only minor hop presence since the cinnamon and ginger account for the bitterness here.

Iím not usually a fan of ginger, but its presence here was justified by it being paired and balanced out by the cinnamon and honey. Not too sweet, not too spicy, not too "beery". Nothing that blows my mind, though. Just a tasty, enjoyable brew.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied flavor throughout with noticeable energy, but still comfortable with a soft texture.

Drinkability: This is one of those rare beers thatís overtly spicy that doesnít tear you up. Itís easy to drink considering its palate that just about anyone can enjoy and has a smooth finish with only a slightly doughy aftertaste. Weighing in at 7.5% ABV, Great Lakes Christmas Ale drinks like something much lower than the numbers would indicate. Thereís no alcohol presence in the nose or palate, but you definitely feel the potency afterwards. A great beer to have with pumpkin, pecan, or mincemeat pie or with homemade Christmas cookies.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wlajwl (3546) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - APR 11, 2014
Aroma is cinnamon, mild/medium ginger and malts. The flavor is cinnamon, mild ginger, malts, slight heat, fruit and a tart/slightly tangy finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rumproasts (2549) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 25, 2014
bottle. amber with one finger head. caramel malt with very nice spicing -- especially cinnamon. smooth and very tasty.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OsuStu (14) - - MAR 21, 2014
12 oz bottle. Pours dark, clear amber with a short, slightly off-white head. Aroma is caramel malt with Christmas spices like nutmeg and cinnamon. Taste is slightly sweet with hints of clove and cinnamon. Medium body. Finish is a bit oily and warming.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
uvbeenwarrened (1) - - MAR 14, 2014 does not count
This is a fantastic beer with great taste and a great finish. Itís awesome right out of the bottle or for an extra treat you can rim a glass with cinnamon and sugar.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ed5388 (1718) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 12, 2014
12oz bottle from jsquire. Pours a clear light amber color with a small foamy tan head. Aroma of mainly caramel malt and spices. Taste of citrus, caramel malt, and spices.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CpyNPrnT (212) - Indiana, USA - MAR 9, 2014
Notes of spice, honey, sweet malt. Wow, a great Christmas beer/winter beer. Well done Great Lakes!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deekyn (1033) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 8, 2014
A - pours clear amber with 1 finger head. S - very doughy/bready malts with some wintery spices and pumpkin pie spices. M - medium light body with low carb. Watery mf. T - this is very doughy. Sweet bready malts and spices. Cinnamon nutmeg and the like. Pumpkin pie-ish. Dry finish. O - simple and drinkable Christmas ale.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Wittales (564) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 2, 2014
Appearance was clear ruby amber with tiny off white creamy 1/4 finger head, no lacing. Aromas are holiday spices, ginger, sweet toffee malt with slight English fruity yeasts, no alcohol. Taste are ginger, cinnamon, sweet crystal malts, caramel, estery yeasts, no alcohol. Palate was soft creamy smooth CO2 with medium body, soft balanced spice and malt sweetness of a finish. A wonderful winter ale.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stevoj (1699) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 16, 2014
Bottle from my brother. Lots of gingerbread and fruitcake, cinnamon and nutmeg. Seems like a decent English ale underneath the spice

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - FEB 11, 2014
Bottle, thanks Jeff! Pours a clean brownish red pour with thin white head. Aroma of vanilla, dark malts, maybe even a hint of chocolate. Medium/light body with a slightly watery and flat mouthfeel. Tastes a bit earthy/dusty, with a hint of ginger as it warms.


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