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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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
smooch (238) - Sylvania, Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2008
Pretty darn good. A lot of the flavors of the herb beers are so mild as to be indistinguishable and then others kill the beer. This is a nice original, tempered balanced beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Butters (3895) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 29, 2008
2007 bottle. Pours a near opaque burnt orange with soapy sudsy off-white head. Nutmeg, clove, some vegetal in the aroma. Pumpkin in the flavor. Not too bad, but nothing special

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beastiefan2k (2640) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - SEP 6, 2008
The beer pours a beautiful dark amber color with a medium strong head. Its an extremely hazy beer with little clarity. This is almost a year old bottle and it seems to work very well. The strong spices are apparent with lots of orange coming through. Lots if clove and nutmeg as well. The malts are just slightly aged with some British ESB like flavors coming off. Combines very well with a sweet biscuit and spices into a fruit cake type of a brew. Loving it.
12oz bottle, bottled on Oct 31, 2007, Regenboog Chalice glass.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - SEP 2, 2008
12 oz bottle from Lukas Liquor Superstore. I know this is a holiday beer, but I saw it and just couldn’t wait to try it. I love beers like this. Pours a very hazy and cloudy, lighter amber. I can see the particles floating around, it must be the orange peel or spices that they claim is in this. Small, frothy and fizzy, off-white head that doesn’t stick around too long. A little lace. Smells of cinnamon and nutmeg...very holidayesque, sweet and spicy malts, toffee and gingerbread cookies, and oranges. I like. Medium to full body and creamy. Initial taste of spices and sweet malt. Slightly bitter hop taste throughout. Finishes spicy with a buttery feeling, almost like a cinnabun taste with too much cinnamon and nutmeg. Overall, not quite balanced. Needs something else to go with the spice driven tastes. Still, because it is a holiday ale, I understand why it would be this spicy, so I will take that into account.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rdbret (2) - , Florida, USA - SEP 1, 2008 does not count
Very festive beer. Has a big aroma with cinnamon, spice and pumpkin notes. Tastes of orange peel and cardamon and maybe a bit of cloves and ginger. It has a copper-brick color and it tastes through with a bit of sweetness and toastiness that remains on the palate. A very nice drinking beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUN 1, 2008
Pours a redder coppery brown with a thin white film of a head. The nose is sweet with lots of ginger. Toasty, malty, with a bit of orange peel and a bit more cloves. Something resembling burnt socks, slightly. The mouthfeel is creamy, full and smooth. The flavor is a lot like the nose, only those socks come through more, and they are toasted, not burned. The flavors are still very ginger dominated. A bit of spice in other directions, though more subtle. Lingering sweetness. The 8% is well enough hidden.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
cb23 (97) - St. louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 23, 2008
Bottle. Poured a dark amber color with small head. Nose was of spices (clove) and some citrus. The palate was dominated by the spiciness of the cloves and hops. Tasted reminiscent of pumpkin pie. Long spicy finish. I thought there was just too much spiciness in this beer, not enough malt. But then again, Iím not a big fan of this style, probably a good treat if you do.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ilherps (248) - Carbondale, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2008 Bottled 10/30/07, tasted 2/22/08. Poured reddish- amber with an off white head which went away quickly, also lots of sediment. Spicy, with a hint of cinnamon on the nose. Tastes mildly hoppy with orange zest and spicy hops in the finish. I enjoyed this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 17, 2008
Tasted 2/11/08. 12oz bottle. Got this from Dan and the sticker on the bottle cap read 10/25/06. I donít know if thatís bottling or purchase date? Regardless, its 2006 vintage. Hazy with an amber hue. Spotty beige head. Totally spicy nose. Cinnamon nutmeg and clove. Totally spicy palate. Quite similar to the previous pumpkin beer, sans the pumpkin. Similar spice. Clove. Sticky finish with an English style dry palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dogbrick (8881) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2008
Bottle from Party Source. This beer is a hazy amber color with a medium thin light beige head. Spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma of citrus peel, coriander and sweet cookies. Light-bodied with a sweet spiced character. Flavors of clove, caramel malt and mild hops. The finish is citrusy with a lingering sweet spice aftertaste. Slightly above average overall.

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