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RATINGS: 278   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 19   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


3.7
   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.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8987) - 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...

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCW (1278) - 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.

3.7
   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%.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 19, 2003
Dark brown pour with a good deal of carbonation. Potpourri aroma with lots of ginger, cinnamon, and orange peel. Syrupy earthy mouthfeel with a tart sticky finish. This hides its alcohol very well but has a little too much spice for my liking. Still a good beer though.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 19, 2003
A magnificent aroma--I agree with others in saying it is a strong cinnamon and probably clove. Lots of carbonation too--had to let the foam settle for a minute. Alcohol extremely well hidden. Slightly medicinal, overall enjoyable and different.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 11, 2003
Ooh! Now thats a great smelling beer. Cinnamon and all sorts of fun spices. Has a cloudy brown color. Mmmmmmm...a cinnamon beer. Thereís other flavors in here too, Iím noticing the honey in particular, but the cinnamon is really what makes this beer. This is delicious. Iím drinking my only bottle of this, Iím going to have to find more while itís still in season.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
delacerveza (166) - Florida, USA - JAN 3, 2003
wow...datís watt iím talkiní about. for a holiday beer, anyway. VERY heavy clove/cinnamon aroma and a cloudy cinnamon brown color. thin head. tasted like an unsweetened apple pie, heavy on the spices. really, really good. i had no idea what the alc content was til i hit this review page, and the alcohol taste was well-hidden, no vinous taste at all. iíd want to drink more than one, but itís fairly rich. sorta like a jaegermaister/eggnog combo. yummy. thanks ecvrich!!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - DEC 7, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2003 A murky deep amber color. A thin head that mostly clings to sides of glass. Spicy aroma of pumkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, orange, ginger and others. Thin to medium bodied, lots of carb. Flavors of peppermint, cinnamon dominate, other spices are balanced throughout. A decent underlying malt is detected but spices gobble that up but t maintains itself to provide balance. Alcohol is felt, not tasted, very nice seasonal, I dont taste much of the honey though. Thank you ecrvich.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - DEC 6, 2002
The aroma and flavor of this beer overwhelmed me with the sensation of burning incence. I couldnít get it out of my head! There is a decent blend of typical holiday type spices, i.e. cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger. But that burning incense smell is overwhelming, it almost makes the beer taste smokey.


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