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RATINGS: 265   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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Timed to coincide with the holiday season, a very special lager is brewed with honey, oranges, and spices. This beer uses two pounds of honey per pound of malt in its brew, making it an exceptional fortified holiday specialty beer which will keep for years. The spices and hops balance the sweetness of the honey and malt to give this lightly hopped beer its perfect flavor.
Alcohol ABV varies from 9.5% to 11% each year


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lamas (1324) - Washington DC, USA - APR 24, 2005
Bottle courtesy of StewardofGondor. Bottled the first week in November. Hazy reddish/brown pour with huge fluffy sandy head. Cinnamon, nutmeg, honey, ginger, cloves and some citrusy hops present in the nose. Smooth and easy drinking. Tons of cinnamon and ginger linger on the tip of the tongue. Like licking a gingersnap cookie. Sweet, medium/full body with a spicy, somewhat bitter hoppy finish. High ABV is well-hidden. Only a little warming at the end. This would’ve made my Christmas much more enjoyable.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 15, 2005
My batch is certainly past its prime, so this rating might not be totally fair--however, it may help show how this brew ages. Smells of moldy nutmeg, but it must have been bright and festive three months ago. Rich brownish-amber pour with some head, lasting almost a minute. Body is decomposing into separate nutmeg, honey, malt, and hop--all in proportion, but not blending together well at this point. Mouthfeel is malty and a bit thick, finishing in an explosion of large bubbles. I’ll keep an eye out for this one next November and see what the new batch is like. UPDATE: I just checked the stats on ratings by month, and, sure enough, this lager has run its course. Try it next year.

3.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - MAR 2, 2005
Hazy darker reddish amber with a large frothy light brown head. Slightly musty aroma of gingersnaps, molasses, nutmeg, clove, caramel and a hint of orange. Medium watery body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Slightly oily and alcoholic. Very spicy flavor of nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, ginger, cookie, and orange peel. The name Holiday Spice is very apt. The flavor doesn’t hold up to the aroma, it is overpowering and a little confusing - although the obviousness of the 9.5% dissapears after a few sips. Either way, a decent beer for the holidays. Good.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (5045) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - FEB 19, 2005
Bottle. Another in a series of bottles from joeybgood. Pours a hazed copper with a small tan head. Nose is very spicy and festive with cinnamon, nutmeg, ripe fruit, honey and sweet malts. Taste is big spices - cinnamon and nutmeg with more honey, light sugar, fruit and light hops. Body is medium and mildly carbonated. Big lingering spicicness. Finish is more cinnamon and nutmeg with sweet malts, brown sugar and light hops.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sloth (2399) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - FEB 5, 2005
Small offwhite head thats short lived with little lace. Clear amber color. Spicey nose, nutmeg, cinnamon. Med/light body. Plenty of holiday spices on the palate iincluding but not limited too, cinnamon, ginger, coriander and the oblagitory nutmeg ! Fairly dry finish. 9.5% alcohol is well hidden. Guess i,m just not a spiced holiday brew kinda guy?

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JK (4283) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JAN 26, 2005
A much bigger beer than I expected. Has the aroma of a pils. Red with a huge, thick white head. Lightly spiced flavors with some fruit. Very sweet and a heavy palate.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sfontain (770) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2005
Dark garnet; medium, off-white, frothy head. Aroma cinnamon, malts, spices. Flavor malts, cinnamon; no hops. Medium body; very lightly sticky.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
balke13 (156) - MIssoula, Montana, USA - JAN 15, 2005
Pours a cloudy orangish amber color with a thin white and quickly dissipating head. The aroma is like a kitchen during Christmas...full of wonderful smells of nutmeg, orange spice, corriander, and ciannamon. All of these aromas become apparent in the flavor as well, especially the cinnamon. Surprisingly the higher alcohol content is masked by these wonderful flavor...I think it would actually be slightly better if the alcohol flavors were allowed to shine through, this is my only criticism. What a wonderful brew for a cold Wisconsin winter around a blazing fire.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
heykevin (1273) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - JAN 8, 2005
Hazy copper. Orangey gingerbread aroma. Light bodied, touch of caramel and honey, with heavy spice character. Tons of ginger and plenty of orange (tang) as well. Strange and not all that enjoyable. Hides its alcohol well for 9+ %.

3.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - JAN 4, 2005
Pours orange with smallish light tan head. Nose is very spicy, of oranges, grapefruits, nutmey and honey. Slightly floral. Flavor reminds me of cinnamon apples dipped in light caramel. There is a clean, sweet finish. A good beer to enjoy over the holiday season, when trying to get into that festive mood. Alcohol is well hidden.


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