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RATINGS: 220   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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A full-bodied amber ale to spice up the holidays. ĎTis the season to enjoy this rich and flavorful ale made with orange peel, cloves and spicy hops.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drfabulous (3652) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 23, 2007
Moderately spiced ale. Not as intense as Anchorís release this year...and that may be a good thing. Whereas I found Anchorís too intense and too spice-cake like, this one is a bit more pleasant. Though it doesnít work as hard to differentiate itself from Schlaflyís basic pale ale...it is decent. Maybe I should age a couple.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 10, 2007
On tap at Taproom...smell is sweet like christmas candy. Taste has some alcohol burn, balance is definately towards the sweet and malty side, I agree with xmarcolanxís rating beolw that notes the slightly disappointing finish (even though mine is obviously a 2007 version vs 2006), maybe iím too much of a hop head. I will say that Iím glad that they didnt make this overly spicy. all in all I really enjoyed this.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
xmarcnolanx (925) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - OCT 7, 2007
2006 bottle, sampled tonight, oct 25th 2006 is the brew date. So, nearly a year old. Aroma is fantastic deep caramel and sweet hops. Taste is very similar, but the spices have dropped a little. The clove and coriander are not that present, but somewhat there in the background. Everything about this beer is great, up until I swallow. Finishes crisp and slightly wet and spicy, but then, nothing! Jesus, where did the beer go I just drank? Very decent start, then disappointing finish. Make this a few degrees "bigger in the body, add some stinky hops, age it for a few years, and this could be very solid.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BOBANDDOUG (61) - Belleville, Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2007
Have 2 of these left form 2006. Tried one tonite. Canít tell if there was any advantage, or not of being a few moths aged. Poured a nice amber, with a nice aroma of hops, cinnamon, and yeast. Tastes lof clove, fruit, and spices. A somewhat "complex" combo of flavors, but, still very easy to drink. One left. I guess it will stay for awhile.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (9104) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - AUG 17, 2007
Bottle received via trade with drmatt. Pours tawny with a small frothy off-white head, somewhat diminishing, fair lacing. Aroma is average malt (cookie, caramel), average hops (herbs), average yeast (dough) with notes of cinnamon, plum and brown sugar. Medium bodied, sticky texture, average carbonation and a bitter finish. Average duration, moderate sweetness, acidity and bitterness.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAY 30, 2007
2006 Bottle: Lets see how the spice additions have held up in this one. Pours a clear amber with a thick, inch high head. The nose is spicy interesting, almost like the old red cinnamon candy that youíd get at Halloween. The spicy cinnamon carries though to the body, where notes of clove, rindy orange, and bready malts join the party. The spices are nice here, but a more hefty malt middle would definitely be welcome. This would be nice around the fire though.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - MAR 24, 2007
Clear amber body with orange highlights. A well retained, thin, wispy white head leaves behind only minimal lacing. Ridiculously unbalanced aroma. This trait alone neccesitates a need to take this recipe back to the theoretical drawing board. Torturous amounts of cloves belie a pithy orange and soapy ester nose laden with toasted malts and unnecessary sugar and spice levels. All in all, a boring and unpleasant aroma, substandard by any stretch or grading curve. Flavor is at first much easier to tkae. Clove isnít so dominant. Toasty malt seems very pleasant now and in good quantity. The realization that this has yet to reach a suitable temperature to really dissect the flavor leads me to wait; a mistake. Now the flavor is back at it again, with spicing that is so over-the-top I decide not to finish the glass. Finishes spicy and lingering, with a stinging sensation left behind, no doubt, by all the clove. My breath is stinky now as well. Oh well, better luck next year. Not a catastophic failure, but I donít ever want to revisit this.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (10100) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2007
Bottle. Poured dark amber hue with a moderate creamy off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Heavy spicy citrus aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture. Heavy sweet spicy flavor and an average sweet finish of moderate duration. Interesting drinkable spicy brew.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IrishBoy (3754) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 28, 2007
Bottle from BeerDrenched; Nose of cloves, cloves, and more cloves, along with a little orange, just as advertised! Good thing I love cloves! Copper wit a small beige head; spicy clove flavor with some light orange flavor and background hop bitterness wuhich shows up in the finish 10 or 15 seconds later as the spice flavors fade. Decent spiced ale!

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 23, 2007
A treat from Tish. Thanks! Letís see: orange and cloves and cloves and cloves. So Christmasy itís sickening. And I like Christmas. This might go well with a honey-baked ham, but Iím not even sure it could stand up to the pungency of the cloves. Totally over the top, yet intriguing.


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