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RATINGS: 276   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   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


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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Malty_MacHops (640) - Eastanollee, Georgia, USA - AUG 6, 2013
Warm inviting spices over caramel. Brown with a minimal head. Sweet with warming spices. Medium bodied with a sweet finish.


2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Theydon_Bois (12731) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 30, 2015
Hotel room breakfast tasting with Jack & Leighton, Hilton Tampa, 22/02/15. Chestnut brown with a decent beige covering. Nose is dark malt, toffee, figs, spice, clove, light nana. Taste comprises butterscotch, banoffee pie, fudge, sticky toffee, clove, light smoke, sweet and sour notes. Medium + body, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Ok for style I guess but considering the ABV this is a let down.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (3409) - Michigan, USA - MAR 2, 2015
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/29/2014. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep ruby red color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big caramel, brown sugar, honey, toast, brown bread, plum, fig, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, clove, and herbal/spice earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, spices, and dark fruit notes; with good strength. Taste of big caramel, brown sugar, honey, toast, brown bread, plum, fig, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, ginger, and herbal/spice earthiness. Slight spice bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, honey, toast, brown bread, plum, fig, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and herbal/spice earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and robustness of dark/bready malt, spices, and dark fruit flavors; with a great malt/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, fairly creamy, and lightly slick/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is fairly well hidden with a small-moderate warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent winter spiced ale. All around great robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/bready malt, spices, and dark fruit flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
dmac (4682) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JAN 10, 2015
12oz bottle from Wine Academy. Poured a clear rusty reddish amber with a smaller foamy off white head. Aroma is odd, salty ketchup to start, vanilla, Christmas spices(nutmeg, cinnamon, all-spice), dough and raisins. Body is medium overall with average carbonation and a super well hidden ABV considering I drank this one just barely chilled. Flavor is more grainy and bready with no ketchup notes at all. Other notes are vanilla bread with nutmeg and all-spice and almost a hint of anise. Interesting beer.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
propsync (27) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 8, 2015
Boozy, honey, spices. After two you start forgetting how dysfunctional your family really is. It's perfectly paired for dysfunction. If I could rate that, it would be 11 on a 10 scale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
conway (2024) - - JAN 3, 2015
Bottle. Dark brown with a thin off white head. Aroma is ginger and clove. Taste adds a hint of orange and honey. Rich mouthfeel and light carb. Would be nice if the ginger wasn't so prominent but not bad.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaltOne (273) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 29, 2014
Pours clear light chestnut, with brief whitisk head. Sweet spice aroma. Flavor is pumpkin pie spice, light licorice/anise, vanilla. Palate is unctuous, sweet, a hint of hops in the finish. Overall, nice seasonal, above average spiced xnas brew.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
outlawskies (481) - Ohio, USA - OCT 12, 2014
Julie says hmmm most be alcohol content warm and thicker nicer malt unsure if she likes the spice it gets a 3.0 ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
edgallow (2826) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 19, 2014
12 oz bottle pours golden with a off white head. Aroma of spice, honey and malt . Taste is spice and honey.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (7031) - Ohio, USA - JUL 13, 2014
Bottle from backlog notes 07. Pours a clear amber brown color with a medium plus sized off white head. The aroma and flavor have a base of toasted malts with honey, ample spices, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, light caramel, sweeter but the spices cut through, no sign that this is almost 10%.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerdedone (2956) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2014
Bottle. Pours reddish brown with a nice tan head. Aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and earthy spices. Flavor was quite sweet with caramel, honey, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg and holiday spices.


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