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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DavoleBomb (1487) - 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

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
drowland (6288) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (7147) - 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Boliv (1150) - 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]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leafs93 (1769) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
steve1966 (121) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
J_man (738) - Tustin, California, USA - JAN 3, 2012
Strong spicy cinnamon aroma! Nice clear medium amber with an off-white head. I thought this would be way to cinnamony from the aroma, but the other spices somewhat balanced this out so it was actually quite enjoyable. Still, as the beer warmed, the cinnamon became more pronounced along with the clove and started to become more like a cinnamon stick. Contrary to what I almost always recommend, Iíd suggest drinking this colder rather than warmer unless you like a strong cinnamon burn. Other than that, this was a very well balanced and tasty spiced ale. Nice honeyed caramel sweetness that helps tame the spice and probably some hops in there, but itís hard to pick them out of the spice. Just noticed that this is listed at ABV 9.5%, which if thatís true itís very well hidden! It would be interesting to age this a year or so and see what happens with the balance between the sweet and spices.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
GJF (1290) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - JAN 2, 2012
Iím not really connecting with the good reviews on this one. A nice dark pour and a nice aroma of mostly clove. But I find the flavors really unbalanced and muddy and overpowering. I didnít finish mine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stangger (584) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2012
12 oz bottle from hawksfan77... thanks guy. Medium brown pour, minimal lacing or carbonation. Caramel, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg in the aroma. Taste is a punch of spices - clove, nutmeg with a strong alcohol presence. The spices really overwhelm any other characteristics, and the alcohol is very noticeable. Itís decent but no way I could drink more than one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
alobar (2918) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2011
Pours chestnut brown with a creamy off-white head. Aroma of clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, and orange. Thick creamy body with clove,cinnamon, nutmeg, and orange flavor. Excellent lacing. Well done.

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