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RATINGS: 268   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


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Patrickctenchi (3556) - Coxís Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - MAR 2, 2012
Red-amber with tan head, not much lace. Aroma is Cloves, Nutmeg...Flavour is the same, cinnamon also,,,VERY sweet. You can almost feel the individual grains of sugar. Itís a Christmas cookie in a glass. Grows a little boozy as it warms....2011 Edition is rated 9.5ABV, but it comes across leaner than that even warm....well hidden. A Nice winter special.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
r464 (1915) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2012
Aroma is cinnamon and spice. Malty with a caramel and nut flavor in conjunction with sweetness and spice. A touch of hops in the finish. Strong and full bodied.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Suttree (5122) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 12, 2012
I knew exactly what was getting into as soon as took the first whiff. Is it sweet? yes, it is. Is it heavy? Yes, it is that, also. Does it become cloying and undrinkable about halfway through the bottle? Why, yes, yes it does. It does smells nice, however.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
julieimagery (182) - Coconut creek, Florida, USA - JAN 29, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2012 One of the best smelling beers Iíve had, itís very tasty and thick with tons of spices. It tastes like they shoved pumpkin pie and gingerbread cookies in a beer form. The honey isnít too prominent but I do agree it balances the malt taste and makes for a very smooth feel on the tongue (especially on the finish). The alcohol is masked perfectly where it isnít overwhelming. I would buy it again if I want a very "pumpkin spicy" type beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2012
Poured into a pint glass. 3.0 A: Lightly hazed dark orange amber color. Just half a finger of frothy beige head that fell quickly, leaving no lacing. 4.0 S: Very nice mix of spices. Nutmeg stands out the most, followed by cinnamon and honey. Clove adds that extra something to really make this a great spice blend. Orange is somewhere underneath. Malts give a pleasant caramel aromas. Quite clean overall. 4.5 T: I didnít expect a lot from a brewery that Iíve never heard of, but it appears that this is a sleeper. I have to say this is the best winter warmer Iíve had this year. Spices follow the nose and as an added bonus, the cinnamon isnít strong enough to add that goofy flavor that cinnamon tends to add. Caramel maltiness with a slight graininess. Again, quite clean allowing the malts and spices to do their thing. 4.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Very creamy given the body. Super smooth. 4.5 D: Iím going to have to look for this next year. I only wish I drank this a few weeks ago when I first bought it so I could buy some more. Very good example of the style. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 01-03-2012 21:58:37

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
drowland (5989) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - JAN 19, 2012
1/18/12. 12oz bottle thanks to PorterPounder! Clear amber/red pour with a small khaki head that fades and barely laces. Stereoptypical holiday spice profiled aroma... meh. Overly sweet, cloying caramel and malt and pumpkin pie spices. Blegh.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (6643) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 14, 2012
Bottle. Dark orange amber, average off-white head. aroma is heavily spicy, also caramel and orange. Flavours of nutmeg, all-spice, candied ginger, candied orange, dark toffee. Nice creamy mouthfeel, medium bodied. Good balance, absolutely no hint of the potent ABV! I was fully prepared for a weak, watery holiday-spice-clone--- I was totally wrong and pleasantly surprised!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Boliv (1148) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2012
Bottle wk. 3 of Nov. 2011. Pours clear ruby/garnet with a small creamy beige head. Aromas of cinnamon and nutmeg, apples and apple pie spice, and brown sugar. Bitter-ish grass with nutmeg and cinnamon, trending into sweet brown sugar. Average. [915]

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leafs93 (1658) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2012
POurs amber with an offwhite head. Aroma is cinnamon, citrus and caramel. Taste is sweet and spicy. Medium mouth feel. Enjoyable.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
steve1966 (106) - Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2012
Unbalanced lots of nutmeg, and pumpkin flavor. If this is trying to be like Anchor Steam Special Ale it falls well short. Mainly taste the alcohol in it and it does pack a pretty good punch, Wouldnít seek this out was not impressed with their Pumpkin beer when I had it years ago. Nice try but it misses the mark.


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