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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 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
bu11zeye (12717) - 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) - Plainfield, 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 (5451) - 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 (7887) - 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 (966) - 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 (3439) - 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 (1518) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Juelze (1144) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 4, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2005 Bottle. Pours a cloudy brown with nice head and lacing. Smells of ginger, cinnamon, and malt. Taste is like a liquidfied iced gingerbread cookie with honey and a bit of acidic orange in the background. Hides the alcohol REALLY well. This was almost a drain pourer. Too many spices thrown into this one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
jsquire (4148) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAR 28, 2007
Deep murky amber out of the bottle with a quickly dissipating off white head. Aroma is initially very hot with cloves and cinnamon. This beer has lots of honey sweetness and a syrupy mouthfeel. Almost too much honey. The alcohol is very prevelant in the finish. Cinnamon, clove, maybe some ginger and nutmeg, with orange peel and apple fruitiness. This beer made me sneeze for some reason. I usually enjoy spiced beers, but this seems too hot. Very carbonated on the tongue. Not really well balanced. It is a really big spiced beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Oakes (15664) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 30, 2008
Bright dark amber colour. The aroma is a little chemically - I know it’s just clove, ginger and orange peel but that’s how it comes off to me. Assertive palate - very heavy on the ginger and clove. Orangey accents. Hardly any balancing malts but what there is is caramelly. Unbalanced, and I’m not really vibing off these flavours.

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