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RATINGS: 275   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


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jredmond (5912) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thirdeye11 (5716) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 12, 2009
(12oz bottle thanks to bu11zeye) Pours a murky orange amber, nice bubbles. Nose of nutmeg, florals, honey. Taste is honey, orange peel oil, and hops on the finish but not too bitter.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cornfield (5570) - 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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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - FEB 8, 2010
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown body with a white cream y head. Huge spiced aroma, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, anise, and incense sticks. Honey fruity candied fruits apples and cots but quickly taken over by the lush cinnamon and drying incense notes. Delicious a beautiful 3 step finish. Leaves a nice warming. Iím a fan.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (5462) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (5395) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - DEC 14, 2005
Bottle: Courtesy of MrFacto via trade. Nice spicey aroma with ginger and cinnamon. Hints of orange barely sneak by all the spice. Pours a cloudy orangish-red with a moderate off-white head with good retention. Moderate orange up front that seems to turn to a light orange peel when it mixes with the big ginger, cinnamon, and bitter finish. Lightly acidic in the finish. Lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. Donít get any honey like I expected after reading the commercial description until it warms. Itís very subtle though. Nice creamy mouthfeel.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Suttree (5388) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Strykzone (5342) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2008
Dark red brown with a minimal tan head. Interesting aroma is over ripe fruit with holiday spices. Flavor reminds me of an old ale in a holiday spirit. Like that style there is a lot going on. Alcohol is prominent and spices such as nutmeg, ginger, and cinnamon. Honey can be tasted. I would rather have this beer at the brewery on a fish night Friday but it was pretty good in my living room.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skyview (5283) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
notalush (5222) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 5, 2014
Pours a dark ruby - moderate lace - the spices are pretty heavy in the nose, especially the orange peel and clove, but these actually work pretty well with the earthy, complex sweetness of the honey - a slight melanoidin richness adds additional depth - creamy texture - rich clover honey flavor - spices seem a little overdone at first - strong clove, especially - but they donít seem as assertive as the beer warms, and settle into the honey and sweet malts a bit - cinnamon adds an interesting spicy kick late - finish of candied orange peel and nutmeg at the finish, along with some rich maltiness - quite sweet, but a nice beer none-the-less.


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