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RATINGS: 274   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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jaymobrown (1703) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 12, 2003
Smelled and tasted quite like a ginger bread cookie soaked in rum. The alcohol came rushing in the middle and just stayed there knocking all others off.

   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 that’s 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 didn’t realize this was as potent as it is until now, but it helps explain my behavior later in the night.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 29, 2006
Sampled at the Richmond Beer Industry Gathering 2006. Clear dark amber body with a small white head. Sweet spiced aroma. Strong spiced flavor with some light apples in the end.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2007
Some brewers make "big" beers with over-powering hop, others with tons of maltiness; this beer overpowers you with spice. I might describe this as a "Yule Tide," but a tide that would pull you out to sea with its overabundance of spiciness. It is probably the spiciest beer I’ve had and I’m having a really hard deciding whether or not I liked it. This beer poured a dirty, hazy-brown with some head. Aroma was very powerful spiciness; I caught nutmeg and my wife identified cinammon and we both were reminded of pumpkin pie. Taste was an alcohol-spice infusion. It was novel and a bit punishing at the same time. Mouthfeel was thick, and combined with all the spice, I would not say this beer is very drinkable; yet it is very festive. I would recommend you it, based purely on its polarizing nature.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - NOV 21, 2008
Bottle. Poured a clear dark orange brown color with a fizzy off white head. Smelled of brown sugar, cranberry, orange, and clove. Medium bodied and dry with burning raw alcohol. Moderately carbonated with mild bitterness. Orange liqueur and clove flavors predominated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
vyvvy (4386) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - FEB 16, 2009
Pours clear dark burgundy with a thick tan head. The aroma is heavy on the spices (seems like nutmeg and a bit of allspice), toasty malt and a hint of sweetness. Medium grainy body with some medium intensity carbonation. The taste starts with toasted malt, then an absolute onslaught of spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamon) and is quite dry. The finish is overbearing with spice with a bit of sweetness and orange peel showing through. This would be better if the spices weren’t so overwhelming.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
markducommun (258) - Wilmette, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2013
Dark red brown. No head. Nutmeg, cinnamon, molasses. Sweet with a small amount of bitterness. Alcohol is apparent and upfront, heavy body. Fairly straightforward, but tasty. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rumproasts (3498) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 3, 2014
bottle. reddish brown with small head. big sweet beer with a lot of spice in this one. maybe a bit over the top for me.

   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
TURDFERGUSON (3988) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 19, 2007
Bonus bottle from Hopscotch. Thanks Eric! Poured a big amber with a huge, 2 inch thick gargantuan off white head. that shows no sign of fading soon. Aroma is very sweet ( i can smell it from a foot away) with lot of spices, honey, nutmeg. Head hasnt moved a 1/4 of an inch. Tastes almost like a cold, alcoholic mulled cider with spices, though the high abv is not particularly noticeable. I usually hate this style. This is a well made spiced beer, bit still, I just dont dig it. A little overcarbonated and a bit of an icky palate.

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