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RATINGS: 277   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 19   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - SEP 25, 2003
I noticed a ton of honey and malt in the aroma, along with ginger. The brew itself was heavily cinnamon and nutmeg spiced, although it was tempered with brown sugar and a boatload of ginger. Not a lot of breadiness though. Somewhat flat in texture, the orange aspect had grown a bit overwhelming during the year of aging. I'm not sure it is enough of a craft brew to be laid down. After tasting, I used a bit to flavor pumpkin bisque, it was delightful and added a lot of diminutive spice fullness. I wonder what it would be like added to carrot or pumpkin cake.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - JAN 8, 2005
Hazy copper. Orangey gingerbread aroma. Light bodied, touch of caramel and honey, with heavy spice character. Tons of ginger and plenty of orange (tang) as well. Strange and not all that enjoyable. Hides its alcohol well for 9+ %.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sloth (2809) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - FEB 5, 2005
Small offwhite head thats short lived with little lace. Clear amber color. Spicey nose, nutmeg, cinnamon. Med/light body. Plenty of holiday spices on the palate iincluding but not limited too, cinnamon, ginger, coriander and the oblagitory nutmeg ! Fairly dry finish. 9.5% alcohol is well hidden. Guess i,m just not a spiced holiday brew kinda guy?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2005
Ginger, nutmeg, orange slices, on top of a rich caramel/toffee base. A bit of hop bite in the finish. Not a bad attempt at a winter warmer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
SHANER4 (491) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 28, 2008
Poured a dark crimson color with small head. Initial aroma I could detect was oranges along with honey and also ripe banana. Taste is ripe banana with cinnamon and more cinnamon. Really a nice brew when I first took a drink but the aftertaste is overpowered by cinnamon and ripe banana. Reminded me of eating gingerbread cookies.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2008
Aggressive pour yields a deep copper beer with minimal head and next to no lacing(though i’ve been accused of poor glass washing technique in the past)... Aroma of mild spice and definitely orange as advertised, much subtler aroma than i expected.... Warming, a bit pumpkin pie like, a hint of alcohol, but there is a certain greasiness to the mouthfeel that turned me off a bit... Medium to full bodied... As the beer warms the alcohol flavor becomes increasingly more apparent...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wheelz843 (233) - Grand Island, New York, USA - DEC 31, 2008
bottle. pours a dark amber with little head. has a spicy aroma. has a sweet, spicy nutmeg flavor. almost like nutmeg. bit of a bitter aftertaste. not as good as expected.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - MAY 19, 2009
Bottle from Siciliano’s, Grand Rapids, MI. Clear dark brown, almost cola color with small, beige tan head. Aroma is spicey, cinnamon, oranges, all very dry. Flavor is spicey, orange, a little biscuit, heavy alc, wow, really intense, fruity. Medium to light with active carbonation. Pretty intense, reminds me of the stone-nogne-jollypumpkin collaboration a little bit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rubbishystuff (2312) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2016 A pleasant find in a mix a pack selection at Gene’s. Had the 2010 version. Highly spiced with some almost liquor like warmth. Quite nice. Serving: Bottle

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 6, 2004
Brownish plum body with a quickly diminishing foamy white head. Aroma is pleasant with canied fruit and nutmeg. The flavor is a little less pleasing, but interesting. Dark bread malts take up the start and are replaced by alcohol and nutmet. The finish strongly exhibits orange rind. This beer is a bit overdone. The nontraditional flavors are interesting but just don't appeal to this rater (give me hops!!)

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