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RATINGS: 274   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 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - SEP 25, 2003
I noticed a ton of honey and malt in the aroma, along with ginger. The brew itself was heavily cinnamon and nutmeg spiced, although it was tempered with brown sugar and a boatload of ginger. Not a lot of breadiness though. Somewhat flat in texture, the orange aspect had grown a bit overwhelming during the year of aging. I'm not sure it is enough of a craft brew to be laid down. After tasting, I used a bit to flavor pumpkin bisque, it was delightful and added a lot of diminutive spice fullness. I wonder what it would be like added to carrot or pumpkin cake.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GermanBrews76 (679) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 7, 2003
2002 bottle: Hazy, lots of suspended proteins I suppose. Quickly dissipating head, nice pumpkin/amber color. Nose of ginger bread and pumpkin pie, cinnamon, orange and spices (clove, cinnamon and nutmeg). Thick, full, creamy and smooth. Like liquid ginger bread and pimpkin pie in a blender. well balanced and well presented. I'll be sure to have one next christmas, hopefully picked up right at the brewery. An awesome holiday offering.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jaymobrown (1699) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 12, 2003
Smelled and tasted quite like a ginger bread cookie soaked in rum. The alcohol came rushing in the middle and just stayed there knocking all others off.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoeM500 (1906) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - JUN 12, 2003
The first of two holiday beers that Jaymobrown and I shared on this unseasonably chilly June afternoon. Reddish brown with a thin lifeless head. Nose was gingerbread cookie. First taste had the alcohol all upfront and made us look up the page to check it's content. Some gingerbread cookie and my Grandmother's spiced pumpkin pie come to mind as far as taste. Interesting, but not what I want in a beer. High alcohol was a bit rough, too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - APR 28, 2003
UPDATED: APR 29, 2003 2002: Light rust liquid. Only a ring of foam. Soft, elegant floral essence matched with assertive overtones of nutmeg, wood, pumpkin, brown sugar, sassafrass, and cinnamon sprinkled bread. Slightly chalky. A trace of coarse, earthy hop. Firm carbonation; lightly prickly and watery. Starts with a lightly fruity, acidid hop twang and luscious caramel glazed malts. Finishes with notes of cinnamon bread, honey, lemon oil, fresh mint leaf dryness, and flowers. Very subtle lingering notes of dessert apples and caramel. I expected a fuller body and aroma, along with more hop depth, which would have contributed more complexity. But the sweet, bready, caramel malt profile, coupled with rich fig flavors and soft spices were very well executed. Nonetheless, I welcome any bottle conditioned lager, especially of this strength.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
awaller05 (305) - Sharon, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 1, 2003
Poured this lager too fast as I was confronted with a overwelming head which ran over my mug. Usually this would irq me really good but the smell left on my hand was delightful. A smell of orange and spice was delicious. The taste was excellent also as I had no problem finishing this one off. I don't think this one would be any good later on in the year. They ought to make it a Halloween thru St. Pat's day mandatory drinking only!! LOL.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2003
This beer poured a murky amber color and formed an off white head that formed a nice circular lace as it subsided. An aroma of cinnamon(?sp) and nutmeg that kind of sneaks up on you. The flavor is of cinnamon, nutmeg and some citrus. An interesting finish to the beer that features element of the nutmeg and is a touch astrigent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8218) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 21, 2003
A birthday clown does his best to spread a festive atmosphere, sprinkling loads of nutmeg and cinnamon onto the children, as they look back quizzical...He juggles a few sweet oranges, which is appreciated throughout all this aggressive spice, but, still, the celebrated are unimpressed...In a last-minute, top-of-the-head choreography, he balances a blob of caramel on his goofy red nose and the buds appreciate the valiant effort...A smile, but no exhilaration...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCW (1275) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2003
Spicey beer in aroma and flavor. I'm guessing maybe nutmeg. Sweet taste of honey and acidic taste probably from the orange.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2003
Deep amber color with a medium head that diminishes quickly. Aroma is of oranges and cloves, mainly cloves. Taste is of cloves/cardamom/allspice. This will make your tongue tingle. Truely a Christmas beer as you will need the aromas from cooking pumpkin pie to get you in the mood for this beer. Alcohol is well hidden, would not of guessed 9.5%.

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