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RATINGS: 265   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
alobar (2618) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
dekester1 (298) - Neenah, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 18, 2011
Pours a very dark brownish red with a beige lacing. Aroma was of malts, spices (e.g. clove, cinnamin, etc.) with a slight fruity tinge. Taste is extremely rich - malt and spices with a heavy alcohol backdrop but not really ’fuelish’ taste of a HG malt liquor. I also caught a slight prunish hue due to the mix. Palate was nice and thick. Overall, basically a nice holiday season meal-in-a-bottle. Be prepared, this stuff has punch as well.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chalsk (1017) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - DEC 18, 2011
On tap at Capone’s. Pours an amber color with an off white head. Aroma of grapefruit, caramel, pine, and earthiness. Sweet resinsy, caramel taste, with some grapefruit notes mixed in. Really excellent. Has the characteristics of a hoppy red ale.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HighlanderOne (958) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - DEC 17, 2011
Poured from bottle. Aroma of brown sugar and orange peel. Cloudy mahogany, tan head. I taste citrus, cinnamon, brown sugar, nutmeg, pumpkin with a warming alcohol essence. Odd, sort of hybrid feel to it. Flavors tend to get heavy toward the end. Still, an interesting unique beer.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcwattsrugger (11004) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 15, 2011
12oz bottle-pours a rich tan head with copper color. Aroma is spice, sweet medium malt-toffee. Taste is spice hops, sweet medium malt-toffee/some cocoa, alcohol.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - DEC 11, 2011
Bottle poured into snifter. Well the aroma is definitely in the Christmas spirit but the flavor is just a big malty mess. Too spicy and sweet for my liking.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jsmerig (1143) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2011
Aroma of spice and esters. Pours a deep brownish red. Taste is sweet malty and spicy. Therefore it’s aptly named. Couldn’t drink many but for occasional consumption only.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JMerritt (1745) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2011
Bottled, one year old. Dark garnet-orange in color, small light-tan head. Loads of multisized particles suspended throughout. Very spicy aroma - cinnamon is the most pronounced (red hot candies) with nutmeg, cocoa powder, brown sugar and juicy blood oranges rounding it out. The rather rich, sugary aroma is slightly reminiscent of a honeyed ham (minus the smoke), and there is a cherry highlight along with some brandy-ish alcohol. Moderately sweet flavor through and through from beginning to end, finishing with a very slight alcoholic burn atop some lightly toasted malts and charred wood. As it warms, the spices in the nose seem to become more subdued, letting in more light roast, wood and brandy characteristics. Pretty tasty for a year-old lager.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
unclemattie (4034) - Georgia, USA - DEC 7, 2011
12oz bottle. Copper color. Aroma of fruit cake, allspice, nutmeg, clove. Sweet holiday spice flavoring. Sugary honey fruit cake. Candied fruit. A bit strong for a lighter bodied beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
vikingguy (761) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - DEC 1, 2011
Pours a dark red/amber. Spicy-sweet cinnamon aroma. Taste is rich malt and tons of spice. Complex array of caramel, vanilla, cinnamon, citrus, dark fruit, cloves and nutmeg. Sweet but balanced. Full bodied. This is Christmas in a glass - nearly perfect Christmas beer.


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