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RATINGS: 119   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 12   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
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The essence of Christmas is captured in this very bottle you are holding. Perfectly blended spices compliment Frosted Frog’s rich malt flavors, creating the ultimate Christmas experience. Celebrate the holidays as you savor this very special seasonal offering.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (2217) - Michigan, USA - JAN 25, 2013
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, 2012 bottling. Pours fairly clear deep red amber color with a 1 finger foamy off white head with good retention, that reduces to ring of lace that lingers. Minimal spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of caramel, raisin, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, bourbon, toast, light oak, and light herbal. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of malt, spices, and barrel notes. Taste of raisin, caramel, brown sugar, toast, cinnamon, bourbon, ginger, allspice, nutmeg, light oak, and herbal. Lingering notes of dark fruit, caramel, brown sugar, cinnamon, bourbon, ginger, allspice, nutmeg, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Very nice flavor balance and complexity of malt/spice/barrel notes; with zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a slick and fairly creamy mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Christmas ale. Great balance and complexity of malt and spice flavors with moderate barrel character; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TickerTerryDJ (633) - Redditch, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2013
650ml bottle from Cotteridge Wines.Poured a nice dark amber colour with almost no head.Aromas straight away of Christmas pudding and spices with gingerbread also coming through strong.Christmas pudding and gingerbread taste too with some nutmeg.Spices also in there,especially cinnamon and ginger along with vanilla and some boozy notes and slight oak too.Sweet and fruity and for me a near perfect Christmas beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (33333) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JAN 6, 2013

Bottle 22fl.oz.

Clear medium to dark red - orange amber colour with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white to beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, spicy, christmas spices, "brunsvier" (the one from fyn Mads K), maple syrup, cinnamon. Flavour is light heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long duration, maple, cinnamon, chrismas spices, alcohol - sprit, brunsvier. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20121128]

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (5054) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2013
22oz bottle saved since last year, shared with friends on New Year’s Eve. Clear darker red color. Light tan / khaki head. Couple dots of lace. Nice spice and whiskey nose. Baked apple and cinnamon. Bigger body. Light smooth and crisp carbonation. Lightly viscous aftertaste. Nice light warmth. Nice balanced whiskey and spice aftertaste. Spicy - sweet taste, light bitter. Great christmas beer, the whiskey barrel is an interesting and tasty twist.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmoreau (2134) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2013
Shared bomber at Lunar Brewing Co., and poured to snifters with a murky, orange/cinnamon color, light amount of off white/light tan head foam, and sparse spots & streaks of lacing. The aroma was very spicy, with cinnamon and ginger dominating, followed by some complementary apple notes. The flavor was as expressive as the nose, with non-cloying sweetness, and some tartness. Medium bodied, with low carbonation. A perky, surprisingly tasty, seasonal brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
annunz123 (809) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 1, 2013
Very pleasant cinnamon/clove aroma, although in truth it smells more like a candle than a beer. Flavor is milder than I expected given the aroma, with a sweet, bready base, and a sweet, spicy, cinnamon finish. Very good, but a little on the gimmicky side.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6031) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Bottle:   Deep amber, very dark, moderate off-white head, spotty lacing.   Spicy nose of nutmeg and cinnamon.   Minor ginger.   Smells like a Pumpkin Beer to me.   Spicy start, just as the aroma.   Fades quickly, seems pretty shallow, lacking in depth and body.   Seems a hollow example, smells decent, starts out decent, but fades fast and is really made up of two ingredients, nutmeg and cinnamon.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   I get no Whiskey like experience from the barrel aging.   I take that back, perhaps a very very faint bourbon experience well after the finish.   Lacks body, depth, and satisfaction.   Damn, and I really wanted to like this thinking it would be something special.   Thanks for the bottle Jason!


3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bluejacket74 (1204) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2012
22 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a reddish/brown color with maybe a half inch light tan head that fizzled away quickly. There’s a small amount of lacing. Aroma is very, very spicy. The brew smells like nutmeg, cinnamon, gingerbread, and some oak and vanilla. But the spices overpower the whiskey in the aroma. Taste is similar to how it the brew smells, but there’s a better balance between the spice and whiskey flavors. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s a bit slick with low/moderate carbonation. Overall I think the brew is still too spicy for me, it just gets worse and worse the closer I get to finishing the bottle. I don’t think I cared for the regular version either, but I do like this version better as it doesn’t seem as spicy in comparison as the barrel aging mellowed out the spices some. Worth a try if you’ve never had it before. $13.99 a bottle.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JStax (2664) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2012
Poured from a 22 ounce bottle. Pours a dark brown with no head. Aroma has notes of wood, bananas, and gingerbread. Taste is sweet and loaded with bananas and spiced fruits. Sweet and mellow spice. Very nice.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
LeRose (73) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 25, 2012
Poured a reddish brown with a quick fizzy head that didn’t last. Aroma was Christmas cookie kitchen. Cinnamon, nutmeg, slightly fruity on the nose. Taste seems a bit out Of balance. Spice heavy and needs to be sweeter to balance. Clear cinnamon, nutmeg, hint of clove, gingerbread. Picking up some raisin or prune notes. Drying on the palate, not thick on the mouth feel. Some aftertaste that persists and gingerbread like, some molasses sweetness, flavor of dates, warmth, whisky Better as it warms. It was OK, not a fave.


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