on tap

Regional Distribution

Add Distribution Data
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 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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PGHbeer77 (571) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2013
12/06/13 trade from Jamil. Yummy cent of cinnamon, nutmeg, and sweet honey. Decently dark pour for a lager with a nice head. Medium silky feel. Cinnamon, nutmeg flavor melding I to sweet honey, fruity notes. Delicious. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
geologyguy (1354) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - DEC 20, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2013 Wish it actually had slightly less alcohol because it actually overwhelms the wonderful taste! Smooth, creamy, milky delightful...great! drink quickly!!! gets harsh with warmth

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChrisSc (464) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TAR (2687) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - APR 28, 2003
UPDATED: APR 29, 2003 2002: Light rust liquid. Only a ring of foam. Soft, elegant floral essence matched with assertive overtones of nutmeg, wood, pumpkin, brown sugar, sassafrass, and cinnamon sprinkled bread. Slightly chalky. A trace of coarse, earthy hop. Firm carbonation; lightly prickly and watery. Starts with a lightly fruity, acidid hop twang and luscious caramel glazed malts. Finishes with notes of cinnamon bread, honey, lemon oil, fresh mint leaf dryness, and flowers. Very subtle lingering notes of dessert apples and caramel. I expected a fuller body and aroma, along with more hop depth, which would have contributed more complexity. But the sweet, bready, caramel malt profile, coupled with rich fig flavors and soft spices were very well executed. Nonetheless, I welcome any bottle conditioned lager, especially of this strength.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badgerben (4888) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 29, 2004
Pours a rich brown color, not quite a chocolate hue. The aroma is filled with nutmeg and cinnamon. The taste is quite similar with a little extra in the malt department. I would certainly not drink this all the time, but it was very good. I will be sure to find some next winter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2004
Bottle pours burnt caramel, strong red hues, large sudsy white head, fairly sticky lacing, with light carbonation. † Spicy aroma, cinnamon and nutmeg, but subtle compared to the fresh pine and orange peel. † WOW! † While it smells extremely spicy, itís not overly done. † Very well balanced, Orange peel and a whole lot of Cinnamon. † Enjoyable body, medium mouthfeel. † Finishes... you guessed it, quite spicy. † Long finish, lingering spices and Orange peel. † The 9.5% ABV is undetectable, making this a true Winter Warmer. † Well crafted, well rounded, a true Holiday concoction! † Thanks goes out to MrFacto for the trade!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
walleye (1094) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAY 9, 2006
thanks goes to ughsmash for this beer. poured a brown copper with a small off white head that left no lacing. aroma sweet cinnamon, honey, ginger, alcohol got most of that before it got close to my nose, than got raisins, caramel. flavor honey just jumps out there in 1st place than all those spices the alcohol is well hidden, nice dryness good beer, wish I had this at the holidays

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
tomxcs (321) - California, USA - DEC 30, 2006
Wow, thanks mom. She got me a mixed six for Christmas and didnít do a half bad job (except for the crappy A-B "micro," which actually was not horrible). I really enjoyed it. A nice, lasting head on this one, with a dark burnt red body. "Pumpkin pie" spices and oranges, flowery honey; spicy & alcoholic in nose and flavor. Zesty orange & honey flavors, sweet but bitter, making your lips stick together but leaving your mouth a little puckery. Silky body with drying alcohol. EtOH very well hidden behind spices and sugars. Iím going to have to pick more of this up! Much, much better than I expected...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skyview (5696) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAY 27, 2007
Picked up single 12-oz bottle from Bobís McFarland Liquors in McFarland, WI. Pours a hazy coppery amber brown brew with a thick, fizzy off white head with slow dissolving. Aroma of orange, Christmas cloves, mincemeat raisins, some gingerbread, and nutmeg. Taste is heavy body, honey sweet, floral hops and cinnamon apples. Ooph, itís a strong bugger. Finish is sweet and a nice gingerbread aftertaste. A very good Christmas brew.

We Want To Hear From You

Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »

Page  1 2 3  4  5 6 7 » 28

Tick this beer for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Copyright © 2000-2016,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
about us
About RateBeer
New Beers
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50