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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2004
Brown Coloring With White Head. Fruit, Cinnamon. Tastes Like Warm Gingerbread...Light Hops...Light Warming. Very Enjoyable Christmas Brew!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6298) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2004
Bottle pours burnt caramel, strong red hues, large sudsy white head, fairly sticky lacing, with light carbonation.   Spicy aroma, cinnamon and nutmeg, but subtle compared to the fresh pine and orange peel.   WOW!   While it smells extremely spicy, it’s not overly done.   Very well balanced, Orange peel and a whole lot of Cinnamon.   Enjoyable body, medium mouthfeel.   Finishes... you guessed it, quite spicy.   Long finish, lingering spices and Orange peel.   The 9.5% ABV is undetectable, making this a true Winter Warmer.   Well crafted, well rounded, a true Holiday concoction!   Thanks goes out to MrFacto for the trade!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - DEC 5, 2004
dark amber-orange hues with a dash of tan head.Nose is very aromatic,seasonal spices like pumpkin pie and spiced apples.Too bad the flavor isn’t quite as good as the aroma.the orange and spices come out but the brew looses itself somewhere.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2004
A light brown bordering on red colour, nice flufly white head. Sweet malt and cinnamon aroma. It’s thicker with a nice finish. Tastes like malt with orange, honey, and spices. A good one-timer winter beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
obisbeer (565) - Barcelona, SPAIN - NOV 26, 2004
Nice rich brown with thick white head. Nose of clove, cinnanmon, and malt. Heavey mouthfeel with sweet mid palate and drying spicey finish. Flavors of malt, clove, orange spice, cinnamon, malt and honey like vanilla. Not bad though almost overdone.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5108) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - NOV 23, 2004
The body is a very dark red with a thin white head. Teh aroma is nutmeg and pumpkin that are very earthy and floral. the tastes are pleasant with oranges, flowers and a little cognac. There is a little too much carbonation. A very pleasant seasonal warmer. Thanks MrFacto for dropping this pleasant surprise on me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - NOV 20, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2004 Pours a very dark brown/red. No head. Aroma of cinnamon, other spices and alcohol. Flavor is very subtle, spices and warming alcohol, almost like a brandy. Very tasty winter brew!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 15, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2005 2005 bottle, consumed December 2005.
We’ve lost some splendor. Aroma has some bandaid and plastic covering it up. Flavor is much more lucid and watery. Slight tobacco element at the cusp of each sip as well. I really have a sinking suspicion that the new brewmaster at Lakefront is botching the recipes. We’ve dropped the rating from a 4.1 to a 3.6.

2002, 2003 and 2004 bottles.
A very flavorful beer, predominantly because of the juxtapose of oranges and spices. Also, because of all the honey in it, the brew is very sweet, but the spices (nutmeg, cloves cinnamon) and malt help to offset that. A great seasonal beer by one of the best breweries - guaranteed to warm you up.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - NOV 10, 2004
Beautiful mahogony color with a big spice aroma (clove, nutmeg, cinnamon) and toasty, warm malt. Intensity of flavor though it is incredibly balanced between malt and spice. Malt sweetness provides a perfect foundation for the spices. There is a crispness and the smooth character of a lager but I notice a fruity flavor like that of an ale (maybe it is the honey or the orange doing this). This is great with a fresh baked, chocolate chip cookie.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 26, 2004
12 oz bottle: cloudy mahogany. Off-tan head that has a hint of red and is incredibly persistant and creamy. Spicy aroma full of nutmeg, cinnamon, clove-punctured oranges and ginger. Tingly palate completely over-loaded with ginger. A sweet honey underbelly sticks to the sides of the mouth. Spices are a bit overwhelming, so small quantities are recommended, but this would be a great Christmas treat…

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