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RATINGS: 267   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


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
geologyguy (632) - 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

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChrisSc (184) - Lille, FRANCE - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mrbarylski (4) - USA - DEC 4, 2010 does not count
A very good holiday brew. Pours dark. You can smell the cinnamon and spices. Excellent taste.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crossovert (6928) - Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2011
12 oz bottle. It pours a deep cola color with a big, fluffy off-white head. The head just sticks and sticks, it lasts for ever. The lacing is pretty good too. This one smells amazing. I smelt something similar with Sam Adams Winter Lager but this one just blows that one out of the water. All of the spices are easily detected: orange peel, nutmeg, ginger, and clove. The flavor is big and bold. It tastes like Christmas. Lots of caramel, the aforementioned spices, and a lot of citrus lead the flavor charge. There is a bit of gingerbread character as well. As you go the oak appears and adds an extra layer of depth. The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, it is very smooth. It is a bit cloying but that is expected at this abv, and the alcohol presence is pretty low considering the abv. This is the quintessential holiday lager, no doubt about it, I thought it would be overpowering but it was smooth and delightful Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 12-01-2010 04:12:10

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
vikingguy (794) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - DEC 1, 2011
Pours a dark red/amber. Spicy-sweet cinnamon aroma. Taste is rich malt and tons of spice. Complex array of caramel, vanilla, cinnamon, citrus, dark fruit, cloves and nutmeg. Sweet but balanced. Full bodied. This is Christmas in a glass - nearly perfect Christmas beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mjg74 (2486) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAY 20, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2012 Bottle from Valley Farm Market. Nice spiced nose. Lots of nutmeg and cinnamon. Full bodied. Somewhat smooth and creamy feeling. Roasty malt and strong spices. Alcohol is well hidden. Very nice spiced beer. 2011 bottle. Brew in October.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dlbeer (694) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 24, 2012
Bottle. Brown/red pour. Very spicy aroma. Tastes of pumpkin and cinnamon. Great beer for what it is.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
starewich (140) - - NOV 25, 2012
Clear brown; aggressive pour yields a bare membrane of white head. Honey, cinnamon, clove. Bursts of wine-like tartness at the beginning and end. Lakefront continues to impress; an evocative seasonal.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Malty_MacHops (640) - Eastanollee, Georgia, USA - AUG 6, 2013
Warm inviting spices over caramel. Brown with a minimal head. Sweet with warming spices. Medium bodied with a sweet finish.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
onceblind (3933) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 30, 2014
Murky dark ruby with a thin bubbly light tan head. Aroma kinda has some plum and fruit cake notes, but that fruit cake is just a little past its prime. Taste is large and smooth, sweet and fruity. Basically put, it tastes like a Belgian quad with a lager yeast; lots of date and stone fruit tones mixed with dark spice cake and cinnamon, with a dryish earthy lager yeast finish. Interesting and complex.


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