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RATINGS: 236   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.


2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
brokensail (11529) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 5, 2014
Bottle @ RBSG 2014 Grand Tasting. Amber pour with a khaki head. Nose is heavy on the nutmeg, clove, and cinnamon. A bit of sweet yam casserole. Toasted malt and caramel, too. Flavor has somewhat of a spiciness to it, light tang, and plenty of sweetness. Reminds me of sweet potatoes with pineapple. Nutmeg, cinnamon, and a touch of vanilla. Too much sugar.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
OzarkElmo (300) - Poplar Bluff, Missouri, USA - JUL 4, 2014
Consumed Dec. 2013. Pours a dark amber with moderate head, diminishing. Definitely spices infused through the finish. Nice to sip on a few, but just not my thing. I will say most who tasted enjoyed this beer.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Frank (3015) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 25, 2014
This was a 2007 bottle sampled in July of 2014 at RBSG grand tasting. It is kind of not fair to rate such a thing but given that I’ve yet to like a Schlafly beer, I am just going to go ahead and put in my low scores. This is a slightly cloudy red-brown color w/ a soapy head. It has a spicy gingerbread nose and is overall a very sweet and cake-like beer. It is slightly bitter in the finish and, even after saying what I have about Schlafly, I have to give them credit for their bottling practices since this is only a little oxidized after all these years. It is medium bodied w/ low carbonation. This is one of those overly spicy gimmick Christmas beers, which are fun to try but not really my thing.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
crossovert (7866) - Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2014
2007 vintage. 355ml bottle. Oxidized pretty well, was possibly brewery storage. Spices, some sherry old ale notes but not all there.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Homer321 (2117) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - JUN 21, 2014
Shared at RBSG 2014. 2007 bottle. Nose is very spicy and ginger. Taste is papery with some spices, some cardboard.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
davey101 (696) - Connecticut, USA - APR 24, 2014
12 oz bottle into a snifter. Pours a clear copper/red with a finger of solid khaki foam with sticky lacing. Nose is cloves, all spice, and cinnamon with a heavy dose of caramel. Taste is earthy hops, clove, toffee and cinnamon. Finishes spicy and sweet. Medium mouth feel with the 8% hidden well, Really solid Christmas beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chinchill (2128) - South Carolina, USA - APR 20, 2014
12 oz 2013 bottle served in a goblet. Body is dark red-brown with excellent clarity. Head has decent retention. Smells and tastes like a spicy brown ale. The spice mix seems odd and not entirely appealing in the nose, but works better in the taste. The spicng, while obvious and a bit strong for some ales, is not so powerful as to mask the solid caramel and medium roast malts used in this ale. Sweet. Medium body with medium carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Shag (2637) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - APR 11, 2014
A dark amber color with a white head. The aroma contains some caramel, toffee, cinammon, and other spices. The flavor is very spicy with a good backbone of maltiness. This is a bit hoppier than some other spicy christmas beer I’ve run across. Think Anchor OSA meets a pale ale. You get spices up front, orange peel in the back. Overall very nice

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hershiser2 (1231) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 10, 2014
$2.30 Bottle, Wine Warehouse, CHO. Pours clear amber-brown with a large frothy off-white head. Smells of ginger and caramel. Tastes of caramel, roasted nuts, sugar, and alcohol.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hotstuff (4269) - Indiana, USA - FEB 2, 2014
Rated on 3-03-2010 (Bottle on 11 12 2009 per label) When poured, this beer has a medium sized fizzy off-white head that quickly dissipates, transparent orange body, slow rising carbonation, and no lacing. The Aroma is malty, sweet, orange peel, and clove. The Taste is sweet, caramel, orange peel, and clove. The Palate is very smooth and this beer is light-medium bodied. Overall, this beer is very quaffable, has an enjoyable flavor, worth trying, and a beer I recommend and would drink again.


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