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RATINGS: 44   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   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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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crowderm (382) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2012
Nice, malt-forward holiday beer. Dark brown/ruby pour, decent head. Aroma of ginger and malt sweetness. The ginger doesn’t come through quite as much in the taste as I was hoping, but instead you get a subtle, nicely balanced, malty brew. Very solid overall.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kaser (5563) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 22, 2016
22oz bottle from my pal Chad. Poured at the Lakehouse. Reddish with white head. Christmas cookie, sweet, gingerbread and spices. Good stuff.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ljthiessen (1079) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 31, 2015
Bottle. Clear amber-brown pour with a light tan head. Aroma is fruitcake, cardamom, honey and ginger. Taste is a little sweet, some honey and ginger as it warms. Not a great winter spice beer, but not awful.

1.2
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
HopOi (1) - - DEC 26, 2015 does not count
Nice color, but this beer is all ginger. No complexity in aroma or taste. There’s a hint of maltiness, but the ginger is overpowering. Eat some raw ginger and save the money.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbruner (3924) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 12, 2015
Pours a deep copper from the bottle with thick tan head that dissipates to leave moderate lace. Aroma of woody smoke, earthy spice, and caramel malt. Taste is more toward the malt and spice, but light and easy, good balance. Really nice holiday spice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
vikingguy (1060) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - DEC 11, 2015
Dark brownish red with thick foamy head. Aroma of ginger and fruit cake. Taste- spicy and sweet with rich toffee malt. Notes of orange zest and honey and ginger. More fruit cake and a touch of cloves on the back end. Quality Christmas ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
vandc01 (335) - North Branch, USA - NOV 26, 2015
Poured from bottle from last years batch Fantastic aroma / tons of honey and ginger All around refreshing beer. Best with family.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
devman171 (1221) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - FEB 14, 2015
Bottle, 2013. Pour is Amber with big head. Aroma is ginger, caramel, and so,e light spice, taste is simialr with some cinnamon?

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jkwalking05 (4572) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JAN 19, 2015
On tap at Red Cow. Deep Amber with a decent off-white head. Aroma is of ginger, cinnamon, malt. Taste is the same.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
eruizgarcia (303) - - DEC 26, 2014
On tap at Pizza Luce. Dark amber pour, thin head. Strong and pleasant ginger aroma, a hint of spice and solid malt sweetness throughout. Perfectly balanced, medium body, nice lacing. Mild ginger aftertaste. Delicious, one of the best winter warmers I've tasted to date. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Stine (1746) - 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 there’s 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 doesn’t 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.


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