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RATINGS: 276   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
johnnymusky (627) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 13, 2014
not my thing at all....cloves honey and cinnamon....way to sweet...after taste was awful.did smell good though.

   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. Itís decent but no way I could drink more than one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scubatrip (605) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jbrana (594) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jlruthven (590) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 17, 2009
Bottle. This oneís 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. Iíve 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.

   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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
obisbeer (565) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 12, 2004
Whoa, this is unique. Deep amber body, slightly cloudy (unfiltered?). Thin dense head. Aroma is mostly spice (cinammon), which left a BAD first impression because it was so similar to the Pumpkin Lager's aroma and that's nasty stuff in this raters opinion. Flavors expand a bit, however, and include strong orange notes, honey, and toasty malts. Long sweet finish waxes cloying near the end.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 11, 2003
Ooh! Now thats a great smelling beer. Cinnamon and all sorts of fun spices. Has a cloudy brown color. Mmmmmmm...a cinnamon beer. Thereís other flavors in here too, Iím noticing the honey in particular, but the cinnamon is really what makes this beer. This is delicious. Iím drinking my only bottle of this, Iím going to have to find more while itís still in season.

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