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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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pottygok (486) - 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.

3.9
   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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markwise (4543) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
garrison (789) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - NOV 15, 2011
Purchased from Remke/Biggs at Glenway Crossing in Cincinnati, Ohio - Alright, this one pours a dark mahogany hued brew with a light tan head of foam and an allspice/malt aroma. Tastewise, this is a fine Winter beer, with many spice and fruit complexities to the flavor! The body’s a tad light, but so it goes.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
superspak (2824) - Michigan, USA - JAN 17, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2012 12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating, but it is from 2011. Pours hazy brick red color with a nice 2 finger dense khaki head with incredible retention that reduces to a thick cap that lasts. Spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big ginger, cinnamon, caramel, nutmeg, honey, citrus, biscuit, and molasses. Fairly nice aromas with decent strength. Taste of big caramel, cinnamon, brown sugar, allspice, ginger, honey, light fruitiness, and herbal spice. Good amount of spices linger on the finish; with caramel, light fruits, cinnamon, ginger, and honey for a bit. Nice balance of flavor and spices here; turns out to be very smooth and drinkable, without being cloying. Alcohol is very well hidden for 8%, with only a slight warming after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a slightly creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Overall this is a very nice winter warmer. Plenty of spice character, yet still has nice malt balance.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rangerred (954) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - JAN 4, 2013
12oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a clear deep ruby with a thick one finger tan head. Excellent head retention and lacing. Aroma is very nice and definitely lets me know this is a winter warmer. Lots of spice in the way of orange peel, ginger and clove. Also a healthy shot of cocoa along with a dark roastiness. The spice elements are more muted in the flavor. Ginger is quite prominent but orange and cocoa sneaks in. There is an odd chalkyness on the sides of the tongue that I am not crazy about. Not completely sure where that comes from but I am guessing they went a little heavy on the ginger. Some grassy hops also sneak through adding a nice element apart from the spice. Bitterness is moderate and enough to balance out the sweetness from the malt. Full and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, a really decent winter warmer. I feel like the ginger might be overdone a little bit but I really like the chocolate and roast and it all seems to come together fairly well. Worth picking up if you come across it.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (11059) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2008
Draft at Dilly Deli. Poured hazy reddish brown color with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate nutmeg root, citrus peels and licorice aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture. Heavy spicy bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet spicy finish of moderate duration. Better then my expectations.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (8650) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 11, 2008
On draught at the Dilly Deli. The beer pours a murky dark amber-brown color with a medium off-white head that diminishes steadily. Rings of lacing on the glass. Spicy aroma of ginger with mild hops and malt behind it. Medium-bodied with a sweet spiced character of ginger and nutmeg. Lightly bitter hops and sweet malt are present as well. The finish is moderately spicy and leaves a sweet fruity aftertaste. Pretty good all around.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (5865) - 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 isn’t 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (9437) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 7, 2010
Extra from trade with phaleslu...thanks! Brown pour, small off white head. Burned caramel, vegetal notes, herbs and a bit of booze on the nose. Flavor is full of caramel, buchwheat pancakes and a very light bitter finish. Good beer.


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