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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


2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Oakes (12552) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 30, 2008
Bright dark amber colour. The aroma is a little chemically - I know itís just clove, ginger and orange peel but thatís how it comes off to me. Assertive palate - very heavy on the ginger and clove. Orangey accents. Hardly any balancing malts but what there is is caramelly. Unbalanced, and Iím not really vibing off these flavours.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
bu11zeye (11942) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 16, 2009
(12oz bottle) Pours a clear amber body with a small off-white head. Aroma of cinnamon, apple, nutmeg, orange peel, and ginger. Flavor of orange, apple, clove, caramel, honey, and ginger.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11533) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 11, 2005
(12oz bottle, bottled 3rd Week November -- 2004?) Small tan head atop a murky dark brown. Aroma is moderately sweet, gingerbread, some cinnamon. Taste is moderately sweet, ginger, brown sugar, candied orange, some earthy, light caramel. Medium body, very drinkable. Alcohol well hidden, with only a little bit of warming noticeable.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcwattsrugger (11083) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (11066) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 8, 2009
Bottle from Captain Cougar. Thanks once more! Pours a dark reddish amber with a decent tan head. Lots of xmas spice aroma - reminds of mincemeat. Full bodied with mild carbonation. Flavor is dark fruit, xmas spice and heavy malt. Heat is present but rather submerged in all the flavors. This one gives xmas ales some sturdy competition. Finish is just a complexity of flavors.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
brokensail (10917) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 26, 2013
Amber colored pour with a white head. Lots of nutmeg and all spice aromas, a bit of cinnamon, and some sweet fruits. A bit of apple and pear, some toffee and caramel malt, and a light pine note. The flavor is sweet and caramel/toffee malt forward. The spices accent it nicely, actually, but there is a slightly "off" herbal quality I canít exactly identify. A little bit of alcohol, mildly bitter, and lightly fruity.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 15, 2009

Name: Holiday Spice
Date: November 21, 2009
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party
Appearance: hazy amber, wispy beige head, streaks of lace
Aroma: sweet and spicy aroma, lots of cinnamon, light fruityness
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, lots of spicyness, touch of fruityness, light balancing bitterness follows the spices
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.1/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: ** /4

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10660) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 7, 2006
Bottle. Poured brown hue with a large creamy off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Heavy spicy pumpkin pie aroma. Medium to full body with a creamy texture. Heavy sweet spicy pie in a blender flavor and an average sweet finish. Interesting drinkable spicy brew.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (9808) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 2, 2008
Bottle poured a clear dark copper with a lasting light amber head. Aromas of orange, spice, carmel, toffee and a hint of honey. Palate was medium bodied and smooitrh. Flavors of toffee, spice, carmel and light orange with a smooth lingering spiced finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (9161) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 12, 2006
Bottle... Murky orange lager with red highlights and a mid-sized, fizzy, beige head. The nose is of fruitcake and gingerbread. The flavor is sweet honey and toffee with ginger snaps. Lightly bitter and mildly acetic. Full-bodied and chewy with gentle carbonation. Finishes spicy and sweet. Thanks to headbanger for the bottle!


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