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RATINGS: 262   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Finhead (1601) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2010
A clear, amber pour with off-white head. The aroma is filled with cloves, spicy hops, and light pumpkin. It has average carbonation and a smooth finish. The full flavor has a mostly sweet taste along with a mixture spices.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheBeerGod (5995) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 23, 2010
Bottle. Translucent copper. Very small, foamy white head. Aroma is very spicy but clove and cinnamon stand out. There’s also sweet malt, light caramel, hints of ginger and nutmeg. Taste is big cinnamon, clove and nutmeg with spicy hops, light ginger, sweet malt and caramel. Body is medium with a moderate, bubbly carbonation. Ends with more clove and cinnamon, light spicy hops, nutmeg and caramel.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (21190) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 22, 2010
Draft at Churchkey. Clear dark golden color, huge beige head with poor retention. Aroma of Christmas fruitcake. Taste is a strange mixture of licorice, peppermint candy, chocolate, pine and citrus. Mediocre.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
douglas88 (8332) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 18, 2010
Bottle. Pours a cloudy orange color with a medium white head that dies down. A sweet clove and nutmeg nose along with caramel. Smooth and easy; spices, especially cloves, some light pine and caramel. Nice.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rubbishystuff (2296) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 26, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2015 If you like spiced beers this may be your thing. I don’t think it was bad but it was a bit over spiced for me. Serving: Bottle

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jsquire (4122) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAY 7, 2010
"bottled with love on Oct 31 2007" It was a deep golden beer until I poured the yeast in and it got really murky. Big, fluffy off white head. Has the spicey pie nose of a pumpkin beer with extra orange peel. I enjoy spiced beers as a rule, and this hits all that you would expect from a spiced, holiday beer. Strong orange notes, cinnimon and clove spices, melted toffee sweetness, but the spice does seem a little muted by age I would guess. I would like to try this fresher. Still a flavorful example of the style. Thanks to foppa78 for the bottle.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
misterbeer (313) - greenwood, Indiana, USA - FEB 28, 2010
12 ounce bottle A amber color white head taste of spice,clove, caramel, sweet,fruit nice winter beer

1.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
Stellaaaa (269) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 13, 2010
Pours a clear amber with little head. It has a faint aroma of cloves. The taste is of sweetened clove water.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluejacket74 (1815) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2010
12 ounce bottle, bottled on 11/12/2009. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a mostly clear amber color with about a half inch off-white head. Lacing and head retention are both decent. Aroma is very sweet and spicy, I can smell cloves, cinnamon, orange peel, and some ginger. It tastes pretty much the same as it smells, but the clove flavor is the strongest. Also, I think it tastes more spicy than sweet. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s a bit coating and is well carbonated. Drinkability is good, the alcohol in this brew is well hidden. However due to the amount of spice in this beer, I don’t think I could drink more than 2 or 3 of these at a time. With that being said, I think this is a good overall brew, and I’ll have to pick some more up next year.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Beerona97 (2398) - Washington, USA - JAN 15, 2010
Clear amber/ruby, thick beige head. Aroma of caramel, ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon. Taste is bitter burnt malt, tart berry and sweet syrup. Thin body, sweet finish.


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