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RATINGS: 270   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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JK (4604) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sfontain (818) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
heykevin (1277) - 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+ %.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
IndianaRed (2592) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 30, 2004
Bottle Pours a clear rather dark redish brown with a dense light tan head. Lots of fine lasting lacing. Quite a lot of sweet spice and orange aromas. Like candy almost. Mulled. Tart dry spicy flavor. Cinniman, cloves, honey and some apple cider flavors. Feel is soft carbonation and finish is sweet and clean. Some trainlng bitterness. A nice surprise. Thanks again to MrFacto

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nuffield (3717) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 28, 2004
Bronze color. Delightful mulled cider aroma, orange is especially there, with alcohol, spice (cinnamon). Moderately sweet. Maintains an excellent palate, in part from the alcohol, in part from the spice, and in part from the carbonation. When warming from the fridge it reveals a more basic caramel note that tops the profile. Not bad at all, indeed, a real surprise.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 22, 2004
Spicest aroma I’ve ever encountered in a beer,nutmeg cinnimon, ginger,taste is spicey but not overpoweringly so,thought it would taste like a tea,but it was more like a Captain Morgan smooth and strong, a couple of these and you can handle any crowded mall

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 18, 2004
The aroma is very ’holiday spice": nutmeg, cinnamon etc. It’s clear brown with a nicely done spicy flavor. The alcohol is well hidden. This is a very enjoyable spiced beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TChrome (1425) - Bedford, Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2004
Aroma is heavy spices like nutmeg and orange with some light alcohol. Beer pours dark copper with a rapidly diminishing off white head. Flavor is very spicy somewhat akin to my mother’s pumpkin bread, but with honey. Very interesting enjoyable beer. No hint of the high ABV.

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