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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


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (5485) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 18, 2008
Savannah, Ga. - Habersham Beverage Warehouse - 12 oz bottle. Dark copper pour, sticky off-white head - decent lacing. Strong aroma of spices, meat marinade and citrus. Flavor profile matches the aroma with some cloves and ginger thrown in there for good measure. Hard to describe meatiness permeates throughout. Thickish, chewy mouthfeel. Pleasantly surprised.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cornfield (5473) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - SEP 8, 2005
Somehow, Lakefront managed to get malt, honey, orange, and spices blended to have an aroma thatís a ringer for egg nog. Dark orange in color, this has a well sustained, creamy beige head. The flavors become more indiviually distinguishable in the taste. Caramel malt, nutmeg, ginger, nuts, white peppers, and a hint of orange skillfully melded into an enjoyable drink. I didnít realize this was as potent as it is until now, but it helps explain my behavior later in the night.

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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (5368) - 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%.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jredmond (5306) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JAN 22, 2010
Draft in philly. Poured a dark amber red. Aroma is cinnamon and njutmeg. Taste is sweet cinnamon, nut, malt, and slight alcohol.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (5230) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - FEB 19, 2005
Bottle. Another in a series of bottles from joeybgood. Pours a hazed copper with a small tan head. Nose is very spicy and festive with cinnamon, nutmeg, ripe fruit, honey and sweet malts. Taste is big spices - cinnamon and nutmeg with more honey, light sugar, fruit and light hops. Body is medium and mildly carbonated. Big lingering spicicness. Finish is more cinnamon and nutmeg with sweet malts, brown sugar and light hops.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skyview (5177) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAY 27, 2007
Picked up single 12-oz bottle from Bobís McFarland Liquors in McFarland, WI. Pours a hazy coppery amber brown brew with a thick, fizzy off white head with slow dissolving. Aroma of orange, Christmas cloves, mincemeat raisins, some gingerbread, and nutmeg. Taste is heavy body, honey sweet, floral hops and cinnamon apples. Ooph, itís a strong bugger. Finish is sweet and a nice gingerbread aftertaste. A very good Christmas brew.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Suttree (5132) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 12, 2012
I knew exactly what was getting into as soon as took the first whiff. Is it sweet? yes, it is. Is it heavy? Yes, it is that, also. Does it become cloying and undrinkable about halfway through the bottle? Why, yes, yes it does. It does smells nice, however.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5100) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - NOV 23, 2004
The body is a very dark red with a thin white head. Teh aroma is nutmeg and pumpkin that are very earthy and floral. the tastes are pleasant with oranges, flowers and a little cognac. There is a little too much carbonation. A very pleasant seasonal warmer. Thanks MrFacto for dropping this pleasant surprise on me.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2008
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of spices, cinnamon, ginger, orange peel, grains, malts, nutmeg, light honey, and slight alcohol. Poured dark orange/dark amber in color with a small, off-white head that disappeared quickly. Hazy. Slightly sparkling. A few medium-sized particles. Flavor is light to medium sweet. Tastes of malts, honey, spices, cinnamon, grains, slight alcohol, nutmeg, light caramel, light brown sugar, and some hops. Medium body. Dry texture. Average carbonation. Dry, malty, spiced finish. 9.5% ABV is detectable but well hidden.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 18, 2002
2002 version. Dark amber with a light cream colored head. Toffee and spiced aroma. Nice dry maltiness, cinnamon, light ginger and mild bitterness. Warming alcohol as you continue. Drier than previous years with a touch more maltiness and also alcohol. Nice end of the holiday night beverage.


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