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RATINGS: 276   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   SEASONAL: Winter   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 (1092) - 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 (455) - 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 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JPDIPSO (5133) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 18, 2002
2002 version. Dark amber with a light cream colored head. Toffee and spiced aroma. Nice dry maltiness, cinnamon, light ginger and mild bitterness. Warming alcohol as you continue. Drier than previous years with a touch more maltiness and also alcohol. Nice end of the holiday night beverage.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TAR (2526) - Lafayette, Colorado, 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GermanBrews76 (680) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 7, 2003
2002 bottle: Hazy, lots of suspended proteins I suppose. Quickly dissipating head, nice pumpkin/amber color. Nose of ginger bread and pumpkin pie, cinnamon, orange and spices (clove, cinnamon and nutmeg). Thick, full, creamy and smooth. Like liquid ginger bread and pimpkin pie in a blender. well balanced and well presented. I'll be sure to have one next christmas, hopefully picked up right at the brewery. An awesome holiday offering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
walleye (1082) - 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 (5352) - 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.

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