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RATINGS: 244   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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A warming winter ale that blends the spices of the season with sweet caramel malt. Orange peel, juniper berries, ginger root, cardamom and cloves are added to spiciness.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6299) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 12, 2009
Bottle and served in my Corsendonk XMAS Ale glass: Nice coppery hue with a fading frothy head and minimal lace. The aroma has notes of sweet malt, light clove and orange zest, walnuts, herbal hops, and some banana yeast esters. The taste is moderately caramel sweet and a bit fruity with a mild spicy finish and very slight alcohol note. There is a bit of a chalky character about this as well. The mouth feel works well within the structure of the flavor profile, lively enough but not hard carbonation with a dryish finish and light warming. Overall, it is better than expected and a beer I will enjoy throughout the Holidaze.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - DEC 9, 2009
12oz bottle (Bottled with love on 11 12 2009) served in an English pint glass. Clear copper pour with a thin head of tan foam that quickly faded away into a flimsy film. Minimal, slippery lacing. The aroma had a strong spicy nose of cinnamon, nutmeg, rich caramel, toffee, and some faint citrus. The flavor was full of thick toffee and caramel wrapped in orange zest and spices. Not overly spiced, but there was a distinct note of cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg. Also some spicy noble hops that tingle the tongue at the finish. Full-bodied, oily mouthfeel with a decent amount of carbonation. Pretty well made, especially if you like a spiced winter warmer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (7041) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 7, 2009
12 oz. bottle from The Side Bar. Pours a cloudy orange/gold/red color, a muddy looking beer with a medium off-white head that leaves some lacing. Aroma of gingerbread, nutmeg, clove, biscuity malts, orange peel, pine hops. Flavor of orange peel, clove, malts, caramel, pine hops, brown sugar, winter spices. Medium bodied, and unfortunately served too cold (save the frosted glasses for Bud Light, bartender), this one is better when served relatively warm. The spices, hops, and citrus are all more apparent in the flavor than on the nose. Not bad.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
REDDOGICE (202) - nantucket, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 30, 2009
This is a very delicious holiday ale. Drink this at Room temp, for if you do not, then you will get a cough syrup taste to it. At room temperature, the beer has an extreme bakeshop smell, as though you were buying Christmas Cookies. The taste is spicy, and I detected cloves and citrus.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kseecs16 (1209) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2009
Draught at the St. Louis pub. Appears dark amber with a whispy soapy head. Aroma is rich and spicy. Flavor is rich, clovey, not overly spicy but with a potent malt flavor.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nimbleprop (5329) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 19, 2009
12oz 2008 Vintage scored via extra in a trade. Pours a translucent, muddy, copper amber with a creamy, lacing, slightly off white head. Smells like a christmas cookie, ginger, cake icing, sweet, cookie dough, grains, spices, nutmeg. Flavor starts like a beer (grains, caramel, toast, crackers) and ends like a christmas cookie (nutmeg, caramel, cake icing, ginger). Smooth mouthfeel, a little lingering sweetness. For a Christmas beer I really liked it.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GJF (1295) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - NOV 16, 2009
On tap at the brewery, the day after its 2009 release. I really loved this. Thick, fruity, with a spicy finish with just a touch of alcohol warming.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thedm (4997) - Fort Wayne, USA - SEP 20, 2009
This draft brew from the brewery poured a small sized head of foamy finely sized off-white colored bubbles that were mostly diminishing and left behind a transparent uncarbonated golden . The mild aroma was malty mild spice and metallic. The crisp mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish. The flavor contained notes of malt hops and spices. A decent one that I would consider buying again.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drowland (6502) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - AUG 13, 2009
This is one crazy cat. It says it’s a brown ale with stuff added, but you don’t get much of the brown. You definitely get the orange, and the spices AND the spiciness of the hops make these crazy phenols jump out which make it smell and taste almost like a solid Belgian Wit. Crazy.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 16, 2009
Mega particulate laden pumpkin orange with a slowly degenerating tan pile of foam that leaves some patchy lacing. Aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, orange, other assorted spices along with heavy clove and mild pumpkin. Taste is heavily spiced but not too over the top as it comes across as a very drinkable malty concoction. Heavy spice and cloves with with sweet malt and a touch of alcohol. Finishes up spicy and that lingers on for awhile.


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