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RATINGS: 146   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 28   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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Our traditional Christmas Ale, brewed with Pale, Wheat, Munich and Dextrine malts and hopped with Magnum and Styrian Goldings varieties. Delicately spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, mace and pure vanilla extract.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 11, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2003 almost sprucy and sweet with a medley of spice..orangish bronz in color..spicy indeed is this concoction..lots of nutmeg and stuff..lovely..no hops for a hoppy holiday..but whatever..i still taste some pine needles...interesting..warming too..nice holiday brew!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 9, 2002
Golden copper color with little head. Spiced mango aroma. You can taste the nutmeg and mace pretty clearly, not so much the vanilla and cinnamon. Fruity finish. Interesting balance in that you can taste the fruit and the spice at the same time, but they don’t feel like the same flavor -- they seem separate. One is in the foreground, then it moves aside quickly for the other. Interesting and pleasant.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11555) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 9, 2002
Fruity and somewhat hoppy aroma, with hint of vanilla. Flavor is disappointing, as the ’Hoppy’ in the name never really materializes. Instead, there’s some spiciness and mild hops. Overall, an OK beer, just not really what I expected.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 9, 2002
A complex winter warmer, with tons of spices. Works fairly well.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
joet (2177) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JAN 29, 2002
Orange/amber, with pale, wheat, Munich, and Dextrine malts. Magnum and Styrian goldings. Spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, mace and vanillin. Floral aroma, soft, low effervescent feel, some tannic finish that’s soft and quick. Nutmeg/mace is apparent but not overbearing. Acidic feel. Obvious alcohol pepper and light tang in the finish. Hmmm... Balanced, tame and with big alcohol. Not an easy feat.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JAN 25, 2002
2001 varietal. Cloudy, palge golden color, pours to a good head that lingers. Scent is floral and piney. Initial flavor is very hoppy, with a pleasing nuttiness to the bitters. Well balanced with some fruitiness in the malts. Good creamy mouthfeel.


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