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RATINGS: 262   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
unclemike (2925) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - MAR 1, 2009
Pour is a murky brown with a small white head. Aroma is pretty darn good with gingerbread, cinammon and nutmeg all coming through. Flavor is weaker than the aroma but there is a very dry spiceyness to it. Hops make an appearence at the end. Still this is a pretty tasty and warming brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 16, 2009
Bottle: Pours a pale gold color with no head...nose is mainly biscuit-y malts with some spruce, coriander, citrus zest and light nutmeg. Medium bodied...flavor follows the path of the nose righteously. Decent, nothing to write home about.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jmw141 (134) - Canton, Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2009
Draft at Old Chicago in Peoria, IL. Served in pint glass. Dark color. Roasty aroma. Very spicy nose. Alc and spice in the mouth along with some chocolate. Pretty solid stuff. Although I can wait another year before it’s available again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 8, 2009
In the bottle thanks to hurrisnow. Reddish amber with a fast dying white head. Strong orange and clove aroma. I really like this. It has the perfect malt body that does not mask the spices used. This really has as much of a spice profile as the 2008 Anchor OSA. Chunks of things are in the bottom of the bottle. Really outstanding.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ThaBobfather (178) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2009
Nice aroma. Decent head. Has all the right spice notes in the flavor. The after taste is great on the back of the tounge.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2009
12oz bottle. Pours reddish amber, capped with a big off-white head. Aroma of Christmas spices, clove, and orange zest. Flavor is primarily spicy, with allspice, gingerbread, and orange zest, with some brown sugar in the background. Long, spicy finish. Not bad. Thanks for the trade, Eugene.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sersdf (1020) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2009
hey, maybe my first schlafly. got this in KY. poured fridge temp. looks slightly opaque and cherry wood red. minimal head. smells subtley of hard candy, tho my nose is a bit stuffed. i’d say there’s some spice and maybe ginger in there. not bad. tastes like a 3.5, maybe 3.4. reasonably sweet but not cloyingly so. a bit of belgian candi sugar flavor. alright, and the punch is nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (4050) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 8, 2009
Bottle from strykzone. Thanks Dave. Pours a hazy red amber with a thick off-white head. Nose has some pleasant spice--nothing too over the top. I also get a mild citrus tartness perhaps from the orange peel. Flavor is equally pleasant, nice balance between spices, hops, and orange peel. I do not find any of the aromas or flavors in this beer overpowering at all. Nice, spiey, slightly dry finish with a clean mouthfeel. Alcohol well hidden throughout. Impressive.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Acknud (1081) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - JAN 4, 2009
Golden dark amber pour....Small head. spicy aroma and taste of citrus (orange) and pie spices. Cloves and allspice predominate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
thefederalist (307) - Jonesboro, Arkansas, USA - DEC 27, 2008
Bottle. Pours a clear amber with a big diminishing head that doesnt leave much lacing in the glass. The aroma is of cloves and corriander. There are some yeast esters noticable in the nose, and a little phenolic punch that reminds me of the stronger beers from New Belgium. The flavor is sweet and a little tart, with some lemon and apple. The body is medium and could possibly hold up to the ABV a tiny bit better, but overall a nice effort, and a simultaneously warming and refreshing Christmas treat.

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