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RATINGS: 50   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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This festive ale calls to mind the holiday season with scents of spruce and ginger mingling with the flavors of orange-spiced break and is the perfect complement to a frosty evening.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (5869) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2013 12 oz. bottle from Ludlow Wines. Pours clear dark brown with a reddish tint and a small off-white head. Aroma of nutmeg, banana, spices, caramel malts, brown sugar, and a little earthy note. Flavor is sweet, with caramel malts, banana, brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, spices, and toast. Light-medium bodied, with light carbonation and a slightly sticky mouthfeel. Sweet finish. Pretty good. Re-rate: Better than I remembered. Nice spice-hop-malt balance. Good body, not overly spicy.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
AmEricanbrew (5523) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JAN 1, 2011
Courtesy of Exiled. Clear carmel color/ no head. Sour fruit, sweet spicy carmel aromas. medium bodied with average co2. Toasted carmel flavors with mildly astringent winter spices.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mora2000 (5346) - McKinney, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2010
Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle. The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is very one dimensional and is very heavy on the toffee. I donít get anything else. The flavor is toffee, caramel and chocolate. I was expecting some spices in the beer and I donít get any. Still, the flavor is pretty nice and the beer is easy to drink. The alcohol is well hidden. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (5025) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2011
12oz bottle. Nice, mostly hazy mahogany color, a minimal kahki head, leaving a solid row of lace. UNIQUE aroma for the ubiquitous winter ale. Very distinct gingerbread aroma, then some molasses. I like it! Carbonation is bordering on pronounced, but itís not too bad... Good texture, otherwise. Definitely some orange, and other spices. Nice sweet taste. A solid winter ale, very good to drink.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mar (4662) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2010
bottle thanks to exiled. poured a deep amber with a cream head. nose is yeast, spices, fruits, and malts. nice on the palate, faint spices and bready malt for the flavors.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JaBier (4532) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2011
Bottle purchased as part of a mixed 6 at Kroger Polaris. Pours a clear reddish copper with a medium tan head. Aroma is caramel, ginger, honey and light berry. Malty and caramelly flavor with some pear and ginger character along with some crisp hops before a spicy semi-dry finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (4531) - Ohio, USA - DEC 23, 2009
12 oz. bottle (label says 8% not 6%). Pours a clear deep reddish copper color with a fine beige head. The aroma was caramel malt with some spice and earthy (herbal)hops. The flavor is a well blended mixture of caramel malt and earthy hops. Moderately sweet to start with a dry bitterness in the finish. There isnít a singular spice I can pick out, but there is enough there to be a presence. Medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel. This is a nice beer to end a cold evening with. Actually, the malts are coming out a bit more as I continue to type and drink. Is this the same beer that had 4 ratings all from prior to 2009? There are clear differences in the stated ABV.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
b3shine (4433) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 20, 2012
Draft to taster. Looks solid; brown with ample beige head. Smells and tastes of malt, allspice, and honey with a solid mouthfeel. A nice winter warmer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markwise (4310) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 7, 2010
Extra from trade with phaleslu. Pours dark caramel amber brown with a tan head. Nose is caramel, spice, malt, and brown sugar. Flavor is similar with malt, spice, and molasses. Medium body and pretty nice overall.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
cheap (3802) - Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2012
Wew, before I rate I see its 8%, now Iím biased. Sweet malty aroma. From a 12 oz brown bottle. Looks like a pretty dark beer in my iceland mug. Aftera few swigs, does not seem to be as high alky as I expected. Has a very nice quarter inch head that does not fade. Taste becomes a little medicine like as the session continues. Though malty, does not seem to be too much alky. I get along ok with this beer. It could be a little less caroub. Finish is just that, a finish; exactly what I want this weather to be. Like the other mount carmel beers Iíve had, on style and a little over the top in personality. Iíve got to say this is not over spiced like so many other winter beers Iíve had. Come on winter, lets get it over with.


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