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RATINGS: 274   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
drowland (6307) - 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 (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 wasnít for me, not well balanced, warming feeling, nice on a cold night. I wouldnít 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 (1290) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - JAN 2, 2012
Iím 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 didnít finish mine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Juelze (1140) - 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 (3599) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Nephilium (1428) - Ohio, USA - JAN 28, 2007
Received via a work beer exchange. This poured with a big head, after opening, it almost foamed out of the bottle. The aroma is spicy and pungent. In appearance, there were large floating bits, about a quarter of an inch large in the beer. They appear to be chunks of yeast, and the same was reported by someone else in the exchange. The taste is a strong sweet flavor, with a hint of cinnamon. Not amongst my favorites.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Oakes (12854) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 30, 2008
Bright dark amber colour. The aroma is a little chemically - I know itís just clove, ginger and orange peel but thatís 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 Iím not really vibing off these flavours.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
johnnymusky (375) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 13, 2014
not my thing at all....cloves honey and cinnamon....way to sweet...after taste was awful.did smell good though.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAY 15, 2005
I got this for $0.39 and can understand why it was marked down, over and above the typical seasonality basis. This is a beer with a somewhat drab brown appearance yet has a great head and very thick lacing. Aroma starts off pleasantly spicy but mutates into a malty version of the smell of changing a vacuum cleaner bag. Flavor is very Campari-like at the start but mutates into a very unpleasant, cloying honey-and-grits finish. Perhaps a good beer for intelligent winos who want to try something different and get smashed on a cheap 6-pack, but beyond this Lakefront Holiday Spice is nothing to write home about.

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