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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
delacerveza (166) - Florida, USA - JAN 3, 2003
wow...datís watt iím talkiní about. for a holiday beer, anyway. VERY heavy clove/cinnamon aroma and a cloudy cinnamon brown color. thin head. tasted like an unsweetened apple pie, heavy on the spices. really, really good. i had no idea what the alc content was til i hit this review page, and the alcohol taste was well-hidden, no vinous taste at all. iíd want to drink more than one, but itís fairly rich. sorta like a jaegermaister/eggnog combo. yummy. thanks ecvrich!!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - OCT 6, 2003
This smells fantastic! Just honey and cinnamon all over. It doesn't taste quite as amazing as it smells, but still very good. A pleasant surprise.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - NOV 10, 2004
Beautiful mahogony color with a big spice aroma (clove, nutmeg, cinnamon) and toasty, warm malt. Intensity of flavor though it is incredibly balanced between malt and spice. Malt sweetness provides a perfect foundation for the spices. There is a crispness and the smooth character of a lager but I notice a fruity flavor like that of an ale (maybe it is the honey or the orange doing this). This is great with a fresh baked, chocolate chip cookie.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 22, 2004
Spicest aroma Iíve ever encountered in a beer,nutmeg cinnimon, ginger,taste is spicey but not overpoweringly so,thought it would taste like a tea,but it was more like a Captain Morgan smooth and strong, a couple of these and you can handle any crowded mall

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 19, 2007
Pours a clear copper color with an inch of tan foam. Moderate webby lacing. Mild spicy aroma like mincemeat or pumpkin pie spice. Perhaps the spiciest beer Iíve ever had. I taste dry nutmeg, lots of clove, and a touch of flowery honey. More flavors in the finish and aftertaste, with bitter orange, more clove, leather, and tobacco. I go back and forth whether it is too much spice or not. Good thing I have a few bottles left to help me decide. Medium body, smooth mouthfeel. The alcohol is exceptionally well hidden.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cblado (247) - Washington, USA - DEC 24, 2007
12 oz bottle. Immediate spice aroma. Taste is a ginger/orange flourish, surprisingly flavorful, but not overbearing. "Wow, this goes down easy!" as a friend put it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
CanIHave4Beers (3362) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUN 4, 2010
Holy wow that pours with one enormous tight beautiful head, and lets not forget the wonderful color of the beer such a deep reddish orange color, itís a damn pretty glass of beer all together. Itís the fifth of june but the aroma of this beer seriously feels like christmastime. Theyíve nailed it, I honestly get a sensation that it ought to be 80 degrees cooler than it is every time I hold this up to my nose. That nice ginger spice cookie with the clove and the orange and the toasty nuttiness complimenting the dark coca. Itís like potpourri in the very best sense of the term. The flavor is rich and ripe with clove spiciness and the beer is fruity in a way that uses oranges to their full potential, but lets not neglect the very nice apple rind notes as well. There is a spicy bitterness that just lingers long and wonderfully. Everything about this beer compliments sweetness but there is nothing at all cloying about it. Of course I just looked up to see that this is hanging out at 9.5% abv, wow there is nothing in this beer that would lead one to believe that it is that strong, although that might account for how well itís kept. I absolutely must get some more of this come holiday season next year.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (2684) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2011
There is a slightly malty aroma, but not enough with the spices. It pours a beautiful bright amber color. The flavor is sweet, spicy, and malty Ė a delicious combo; tastes very nicely sweet and spicy Ė holiday cloves or something of the sort, then calms down on the palate and ends with some smooth booziness . The body is more like an ale than a lager.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bootus (14) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 1, 2011
caramel, licorice, woody, tan foam, brown, lightly bitter, medium sweetness

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChrisSc (252) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 5, 2014
On tap into a sampler glass. Minneapolis. Labeled as 11%abv Appearance: Dark brown, cloudy, with a tan head. Aroma: Heavy on holiday spices - nutmeg, cloves, ginger. Malty with a hint of alcohol. Taste: Sweet up front with a warming alcohol finish. Palate: Good heavy body. Smooth palate, long finish. Overall: I liked this beer a lot more than I expected. Really good level of spiciness and alcohol. One I would like to haven again.

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