Olde Hickory Christmas Ale
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RATINGS: 46   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
We believe our Christmas beer is the perfect beer for a merry season. Brewed from fond childhood memories of fresh baked cakes and cookies, Christmas Ale is made with Local Honey, Fresh Grated Ginger, Cinnamon Stick, and Fresh Orange Zest together with the finest two row barley, pure water, hops, and love. This special holiday beer is best enjoyed in the company of family and friends.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 15, 2010
Tap at Olde HIckory. Pours a very dark amber with a thinning head. Aroma is very spiced up- orange peel with ginger mostly, then crystal malts, toffee and molasses, as it warms some vanilla, clove cinnamon spice comes out. Flavor is a bit slick and oily over spiced ginger, cardamon pepperyness, orange peel, mint, and earthy tones with some bland caramel malts and nuttiness. A bit messy overall- not my thing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2009
Dark amber orange, thin off white cover. Aroma is nutmeg, ginger, sweet. Taste is an odd sweet maltiness, ginger, nutmeg.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
nearbeer (4830) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 9, 2008
Draft at Union Jacks, served with a candy cane which I crunched on during the drive home. Clear, orange-gold with a lasting eighth-inch of foam. Aroma of caramel and apple. Flavor is the same with a touch of cinnamon and/or nutmeg. Light-medium body is watery and dryish. I guess I should have put the candy cane in the beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
calvinist (32) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 13, 2007
I bought the 5 Liter keg in Morganton, NC. The color and head are beautiful. Great lacing as well. I felt like it was a little on the grassy/ hay side for my tastes but an overall decent winter type beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
gottalottaibu (243) - charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 11, 2007
pours deep amber/red. small head. spicey sweet aroma. sweet malts, light hop and some interesting spicey notes. easy drinker. nice flavors and balance.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2009
Date: December 20, 2006
Mode: Draft
Source: Taproom
Appearance: comes with a candy cane hooked on the side of the glass, clear amber, wispy beige head, tangled lace
Aroma: sweet cinamon aroma
Flavor: caramel malt flavor with an increasing candy sweetness that suddenly disappears and it becomes dry, touch of spices including cinamon, light bitterness from the spices
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Rating: 3/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ** /4

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SJM620 (11) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 20, 2006
I had this beer with and without the candy cane. Itís a cute addition and nice to munch on afterwards, but didnít do much for the beer otherthan add a candy cane taste. I think itís a fairly good beer. Had it at Sunspot, glad to hear I can find it at Half Barrell

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - DEC 8, 2006
Draught at Union Jackís (and with no candy cane). Pours golden with lots of effervescence that makes a small white head. The aroma is pine, alcohol, some hay, and ginger. The flavor has distinct ginger with some hay and a slightly biting spicy bitterness. It fades to a bready finish. Sweet caramel notes pop out once in a while. After several sips I notice more resinous pine sap type tastes and some fruit notes. Definitely reminds me of Christmas, but Iím afraid I donít much like this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
shendrix (478) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 7, 2006
Definitely a Christmasy brew. Served with a cutsey pie little candy cane hung on the side, unsuprisingly you get primarily peppermint in the nose. Golden yellow with a thin head, yet still a pretty beer. The taste is decently complex, with orange peel, honey and a bit of, what is that, ginger? Nutmeg? and of course the peppermint candy cane. I found the hoppy finish to clash with the blend of flavors, and was not altogether satisfied with the thin mouthfeel. Still, a decent winterís brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
NachlamSie (3256) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 28, 2006
Draught. Pours a darker shade of gold with not much of a head. The brew is mildly bubbly. Thereís a bit of corn in the nose with hay and some cinnamon and nutmeg. Itís pretty thin in the mouth, but not too bad. Some slight hard candy sweetness and honey make up the flavor with cinnamon and other subtle spiced notes detectable in the finish. Itís just so-so for wintertime, a season that generally inspires many superior brews.

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