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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

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
travita (4172) - Frisco, Texas, USA - SEP 8, 2009
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. The look is clear, amberish in color, and has an off white head. The smell s honey, spices, fruits. The taste is sweet, very sweet, fruits, honey, spices. Sort of artificial.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
steve1966 (121) - Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2012
Unbalanced lots of nutmeg, and pumpkin flavor. If this is trying to be like Anchor Steam Special Ale it falls well short. Mainly taste the alcohol in it and it does pack a pretty good punch, Wouldn’t seek this out was not impressed with their Pumpkin beer when I had it years ago. Nice try but it misses the mark.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 16, 2009
(12oz bottle) Pours a clear amber body with a small off-white head. Aroma of cinnamon, apple, nutmeg, orange peel, and ginger. Flavor of orange, apple, clove, caramel, honey, and ginger.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2010
12oz bottle. Pours a cloudy, brown-amber colored body with a very thin, light brown head that dissipates immediately and leaves a light lacing. Aroma is sweet and spicy with a thick caramel malt backing and plenty of cinnamon and nutmeg. Some orange peel, ginger bread cookies, and syrupy honey. Flavor is pretty messy. Lots of caramel, brown sugar, and ginger bread cookies with way too much spicing. Off-balance cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and ginger with only a hint of orange peel. Finishes dry and sticky with a lengthy aftertaste. Full, messy, sticky body with a flat carbonation. Overall, a pretty bad beer. No balance whatsoever. Spicy and overly sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
RobertDale (3717) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - DEC 22, 2010
12 ounce bottle. 2010. Pours a dark brown with a thin small biege head. Aroma of spices, mainly cloves. Tastes very spicy and somewhat sweet. OK, but thought too much spice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
drowland (6173) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - JAN 19, 2012
1/18/12. 12oz bottle thanks to PorterPounder! Clear amber/red pour with a small khaki head that fades and barely laces. Stereoptypical holiday spice profiled aroma... meh. Overly sweet, cloying caramel and malt and pumpkin pie spices. Blegh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
nike (967) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2013
12oz bottle, heavy on the aroma and taste of spices. Brown/reddish pour, heavy on spice. This one just wasn’t for me, not well balanced, warming feeling, nice on a cold night. I wouldn’t drink this one again, but this brew recieved a lot of high ratings.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2010
Bottle at homebrew meeting. Pours a nice enough amber/brown with offwhite head. Nose is strongly nutmeg and some cinnamon perhaps. For me, it is super difficult for a brewery to properly use nutmeg in a beer, and this is no exception. The base beer is decent, but the nutmeg is too much.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
GJF (1279) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - JAN 2, 2012
I’m not really connecting with the good reviews on this one. A nice dark pour and a nice aroma of mostly clove. But I find the flavors really unbalanced and muddy and overpowering. I didn’t finish mine.

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