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RATINGS: 35   MEAN: 3.47/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Good tidings to you, Old Friend. We brew our limited release Holiday Ale with fresh ginger root and a hefty dollop of family harvested honey. This fireside companion has a deep ruby-colored body with layers of malt complexity and an intense ginger aroma. Reunite with friends, old and new, and celebrate the season with an Old Friend by your side. Cheers!


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Stine (1627) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 17, 2014
Clear reddened amber; the tepid appearance creates an early perception that this is weak and too thin. Gingerbread cookie, molasses, seared pineapple in the aroma. This ultimately lacks depth, but thereís an interesting development that takes place when the initially earthy, almost spruce like ginger root character reveals its pleasantly startling, unique spiciness. The flavor is all ginger and needles, supported by bland caramel, some brown banana and some soggy, leafy earthiness. The malt makeup here doesnít match up well with the alcohol level, and this can expose some medicinal qualities. Thin palate causes the pressure of sugars to feel more intense than it ought to. The fresh ginger is the saving element for me here, to a point.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
outlawskies (447) - - OCT 12, 2014
Julie thinks it is good but hopper than our standard Xmas ales. G. Julie gives 3.1 time ten to the 23rd ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
crajun (993) - , Texas, USA - MAR 24, 2014
solid; probably agend a little too long very malty brew - perhaps due to the aging but I didnít get much spice - definitely not the normal holiday stuff; some ginger in taste with caramel.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wilnatp (622) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 10, 2014
Tap at Aster Cafe. Pour is reddish/amber with white head. Aroma of spices and malt. Ginger is noticeable but not overpowering. Taste has hint of spice but finishes sweet. Well balanced. Not a typical over spiced holiday ale.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mnmike (1038) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 28, 2014
Complex beer but somehow didnít hit on all cylinders. Probably wonít buy this again next year.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Nsanders (567) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 26, 2014
750 mL waxed. Cloudy brown with a khaki head. Ginger, graham crackers, stone, and earthy hop. Taste is mildly bitter with a ginger spice. Body is medium heavy with a bubbly feel.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DalzAle (1999) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JAN 5, 2014
Bottle from Amy! Clear dark brown pour, light, thin lasting head and an aroma of sweet (but not overpowering) fresh ginger. Flavor is nutty caramel, mellow ginger & clove and finished a bit sweet. Decent and worth picking up at least once.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
commonshawn (449) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 28, 2013
Tap. Pint at Stanleyís. Amber clear. Spice aroma. Sweet and spicy. Typical holiday spice flavor. Long lasting, but wanted more depth.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thome50 (1081) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Bottle via Levi, thanks for this at Christmas! Pours a hazy medium brown with tan head. Aroma is slight ginger with some chocolate and spice. Taste is thin but has the ginger and malt thing going on. Slight bubble gum and cloves. Nice at Christmas dinner.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
commonmac (409) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 14, 2013
Tap pour at New Bohemia. Letís start by saying itís no Stir Crazy. Smell is festive with good clove presence. Deep amber color. Tastes slightly malty sweet within very little bitter hops to be found. Maintains a refreshing flavor but finish is a little bit of a let down. Very mild flavor. If given a choice, go with Stir Crazy in the winter. Far superior.


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