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RATINGS: 51   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26   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.


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Chuckaduck (653) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - JAN 4, 2013
Pours a dark red-brown with a thin off-white head. Aroma is clove, honey, caramel, toffee, floral. Taste is herbal, some honey, some clove, perhaps some coriander (?), and a mild albeit general malt character. A little thin lacing. Syrupy mouth feel. Surprised to see that this was 8% alcohol. My problem with this beer was that there were lots of aromas and flavors missing for me. I missed the ginger and spruce completely. The same with the orange. Overall not bad, but I was looking very forward to those elements. They just weren’t there.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pottygok (479) - Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2011
Aroma: Caramel and chocolate with hints of ginger and cinnamon. Appearance: Dark amber, almost opaque black, with a thick tan head that dissipates quickly. Taste: Light sweetness with a hint of bitterness in the finish. Palate: Medium body, crisp, clean texture, average carbonation, decent finish. Overall: Comes across as a nice spice porter. Not too spiced, but the flavors are there. It’s just a well rounded beer, not mind blowing, but well done and quite tasty.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 30, 2010
Pours a clear dark amber with a lasting, one finger white head. Immediately hit with chocolate with caramel and dry roasted coffee. Pretty good on this cold evening.

2.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - MAR 14, 2008
growler from Jungle Jims. Flavor is hickory smoke, mild hops, poured over wet wood. The best thing going for it may be the thick malty body, but not much else. Nah.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
strangaj (250) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - MAR 2, 2012
The hint of orange peel does not compliment this beer, but rather clashes with the smooth malt. The ginger alone would have been sufficient to add a spice note to this brew.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
udflyerfan07 (173) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2010
12 oz bottle from Belmont Party Supply, Dayton, OH. Poured a nice amber/red color. Nice flavor for a seasonal beer. I probably should have had it a bit colder then what I did. Good herb flavors. Nice winter beer. Mt. Carmel has a few good offerings out there.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RKanis (152) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 20, 2010
Pours dark brown with reddish tints. Aroma is of ginger, sweet malt, nutmeg, and alcohol. Taste is like a liquid gingerbread man with a hint of alcohol. Real nice stuff.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
scottyshades (130) - Parkland, Florida, Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2012
Thanks to bamadog for the bottle! A: Pours a deep ruby/brown color with a small off-white cap. Retention is not too great S: Overripe red fruits and berries, lots of caramel, toffee, light molasses, caramel malts, and a touch of spice. The nose is a little shy, but seemingly balanced T: Thin flavor, but well done. An underlying sweetness, followed by a bit of spice and cocoa powder. Artificial red fruits and berries in the background. Malts give some sweetness and caramel flavor MF/D: Too thin for the style in my opinion, which is shocking considering the 8% ABV. Alcohol is well hidden throughout. Notes: Tasty beer, but nowhere near the likes of Cigar City’s Warmer Winter or Anchor’s Christmas Ale. Glad to try it, and thanks for the bottle bamadog

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
slats1221 (60) - Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2012
Not terrible not great another review said it tasted watered down and I would have to agree. I prefer my Xmas ale’s along the Great Lakes line and this just isn’t there.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerNutBob (10) - - DEC 28, 2012
Enjoyed this although it is on the light side for an ale. Nice combination of spices.


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