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RATINGS: 277   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 19   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


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SamP01 (658) - New Jersey, USA - APR 10, 2011
UPDATED: APR 12, 2011 Pours a dark cloudy brown, with a minimal tan head. Aroma of orange peel some cinnamon and sweet spices, some fruitiness, caramel malt. Taste is bitter orange peel, some sweet spices, dark toasted malts. Moderate carbonation and full body. Finish is sweet dark malt with bitter orange peel and sweet spices. The alcohol esters really come thru in the end. Overall an interesting and complex brew.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnnyOS (646) - Golden, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 21, 2006
Pours an amber brown color with slightly tan head. Mild aroma of caramel and spice (similar spice scent to Leinie’s Apple Spice). Flavor of sweet malts, burnt brown sugar, molasses, ginger and nutmeg with a carbonation that makes the flavor dance in your mouth. Medium bodied with a light malt finish. I don’t generally prefer any of the Holiday beers, but this one is done very well.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Metalhead (643) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - JUN 3, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2004 YOu want what Ole Fezziwig drank? YOu want the epitomy of a winter holiday brew? This IS it! Don’t ask questions,just keep it in mind and when winter comes find it and buy it. 2004 edition doesn’t seem as in yer face. That is either good or bad depending upon how wild you like yer brew. My rating is down graded for the new edition.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jbrana (640) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - FEB 1, 2014
Tastes like butterscotch, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. Too sweet and too spicy for my liking, but not too bad.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stangger (619) - 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. It’s decent but no way I could drink more than one.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scubatrip (610) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - FEB 24, 2009
From the bottle, courtesy of Secret Santa, pours a clear, light red with a thick foamy white head. Aroma of gingerbread and nutmeg, and some other holiday-style spices (probably where the name came from). Taste is a bit fruity up front, then the spices find their way in with the aftertaste. Malty but not too thick, the would go well apres-ski.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jlruthven (608) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 17, 2009
Bottle. This one’s been sitting in the liquor store cooler probably since at least last year, so its had some time to mellow and consolidate itself. Pours a cloudy, deep reddish-brown with purple-ruby highlights; head is surprisingly dark brown, but dissipates quickly. Nose is heavy with cloves, ginger, and raw honey...slight nutmeg in the sinuses. Taste is more balanced, with honey and cinnamon coming through, evening everything out. Mild but noticeable hop profile. A bit fruity; plums and dark apple cider notes. I’ve been disappointed in many "winter warmer" beers, but this one really stands out, possibly due to its ABV. Really excellent, though I do recommend trying to get ahold of at least a year-old bottle.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 19, 2003
A magnificent aroma--I agree with others in saying it is a strong cinnamon and probably clove. Lots of carbonation too--had to let the foam settle for a minute. Alcohol extremely well hidden. Slightly medicinal, overall enjoyable and different.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PGHbeer77 (571) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2013
12/06/13 trade from Jamil. Yummy cent of cinnamon, nutmeg, and sweet honey. Decently dark pour for a lager with a nice head. Medium silky feel. Cinnamon, nutmeg flavor melding I to sweet honey, fruity notes. Delicious. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
obisbeer (568) - Barcelona, SPAIN - NOV 26, 2004
Nice rich brown with thick white head. Nose of clove, cinnanmon, and malt. Heavey mouthfeel with sweet mid palate and drying spicey finish. Flavors of malt, clove, orange spice, cinnamon, malt and honey like vanilla. Not bad though almost overdone.


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