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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dimenhetfield (2486) - , 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Suttree (6075) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Theydon_Bois (16879) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 30, 2015
Hotel room breakfast tasting with Jack & Leighton, Hilton Tampa, 22/02/15. Chestnut brown with a decent beige covering. Nose is dark malt, toffee, figs, spice, clove, light nana. Taste comprises butterscotch, banoffee pie, fudge, sticky toffee, clove, light smoke, sweet and sour notes. Medium + body, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Ok for style I guess but considering the ABV this is a let down.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
reggiedunlop (3657) - 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...

   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.

   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
RSRIZZO (1949) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 10, 2007
Had this beer on 12/22/2002. Aroma is spicy with the scent of Christmas. Color is a heavy orange with a dense fog of floty shit. Carbonation and head are good Taste rich, sweet and spicy. Starting with full medium body that goes down with a rich heavy feel. Finish comes in strong with a rich sweet taste that is backed by a strong spicy flavor. Although I like a nice rich winter brew this one seems to over do it a bit too much. It is a good example of what some of the other brewers should be going for when they make a weak winter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
aracauna (3501) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
travita (4847) - Dallas, 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 (131) - 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.

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