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RATINGS: 38   MEAN: 3.47/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
devman171 (1151) - 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 (4115) - 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 (239) - - 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 (1644) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
outlawskies (454) - - 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 (1045) - , Texas, USA - MAR 24, 2014
solid; probably agend a little too long very malty brew - perhaps due to the aging but I didn’t 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 (630) - 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 (1052) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 28, 2014
Complex beer but somehow didn’t hit on all cylinders. Probably won’t buy this again next year.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Nsanders (656) - 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 (2001) - 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.


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