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RATINGS: 270   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
   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...

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WabashMan (1014) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - DEC 23, 2009
I really didn’t care for this beer much at all. Spiced beers are a bit hit or miss anyway, and this was a clear "miss" in my book. The flavors were unbalanced and the spices overpowered rather than complementing the beverage.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jbrana (488) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DavidP (1747) - 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!!)

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - DEC 11, 2011
Bottle poured into snifter. Well the aroma is definitely in the Christmas spirit but the flavor is just a big malty mess. Too spicy and sweet for my liking.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Suttree (5266) - 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.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
reggiedunlop (3219) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2009
poured a nice reddish brown color with a medium whitish head. aroma is christmasy but stale...stale cinnamon, nutmeg, mulled cider, some citrus. flavor is of pine and cinnamon with some other muddled xmas spices...tastes like a christmas candle smells. mouthfeel is a bit silky but the finish has too much alcohol flavor...

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 5, 2004
Small head, off-white in color. Body is a dark amber... more brown. Light malty aroma covered by a pleasant spicy (nutmeg?) nose. Light bitter hops are covered by sweet malt and spices. Not too bad, but still not what I like to drink. Everything did seem to balance nicely.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 15, 2005
My batch is certainly past its prime, so this rating might not be totally fair--however, it may help show how this brew ages. Smells of moldy nutmeg, but it must have been bright and festive three months ago. Rich brownish-amber pour with some head, lasting almost a minute. Body is decomposing into separate nutmeg, honey, malt, and hop--all in proportion, but not blending together well at this point. Mouthfeel is malty and a bit thick, finishing in an explosion of large bubbles. I’ll keep an eye out for this one next November and see what the new batch is like. UPDATE: I just checked the stats on ratings by month, and, sure enough, this lager has run its course. Try it next year.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
aracauna (3138) - Georgia, USA - DEC 31, 2007
This one is just too sweet to be good. The body is a clear brown, with an ok head. There’s a cloying caramel sweetness to the malt. No hop bitterness to balance and some noticeable pie spice.


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