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RATINGS: 275   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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChrisSc (369) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 5, 2014
On tap into a sampler glass. Minneapolis. Labeled as 11%abv Appearance: Dark brown, cloudy, with a tan head. Aroma: Heavy on holiday spices - nutmeg, cloves, ginger. Malty with a hint of alcohol. Taste: Sweet up front with a warming alcohol finish. Palate: Good heavy body. Smooth palate, long finish. Overall: I liked this beer a lot more than I expected. Really good level of spiciness and alcohol. One I would like to haven again.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
arojewski (51) - Old Bridge, New Jersey, USA - JAN 5, 2014
Truly a holiday beer! Strong cinnamon and spice notes in both aroma and taste. It’s like Christmas in a glass!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
DMLINAZ (309) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Very flavorful, great winter warmer on Christmas morning. ABV packs a wallop, unexpected for a lager. Caramel base with winter spices. Almost a syrupy mouthfeel, in a good way.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - DEC 24, 2013
Bottle. Pours a nice orangish brown with light brown head. Medium body, lively mouthfeel. Bitter orange rind finish. Warming alcohol finish.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ryrpat (169) - Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2013
Not a huge fan of highly spiced beers but for my palate this was just the right amount. Well balanced with a nice warm feel to it. Would have again in moderation ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
geologyguy (887) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - DEC 20, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2013 Wish it actually had slightly less alcohol because it actually overwhelms the wonderful taste! Smooth, creamy, milky delightful...great! drink quickly!!! gets harsh with warmth

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
evanlarkin (307) - Northfield, Minnesota, USA - DEC 16, 2013
Pours a very slightly hazy red, with very little head. Aromas are banana and nutmeg, some orange, and honey. Cool! Taste is a bit boozy (for a second), followed by a light caramel flavor, more banana and spices, with a solid chunk of orange zest in the finish, along with some more booze. Delightful.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
markducommun (289) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2013
Dark red brown. No head. Nutmeg, cinnamon, molasses. Sweet with a small amount of bitterness. Alcohol is apparent and upfront, heavy body. Fairly straightforward, but tasty. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shrubber85 (8477) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 10, 2013
Draft. Boozy caramel malt aroma (a bit medicinal while it was cold). Dark brown with moderate head. Sweet orange-caramel malt and bourbon flavor. Very smooth and nice. One of the better Christmas beers.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PGHbeer77 (571) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2013
12/06/13 trade from Jamil. Yummy cent of cinnamon, nutmeg, and sweet honey. Decently dark pour for a lager with a nice head. Medium silky feel. Cinnamon, nutmeg flavor melding I to sweet honey, fruity notes. Delicious. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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