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RATINGS: 242   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   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.


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Homer321 (2152) - 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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
davey101 (697) - 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 (2146) - 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 (2638) - 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 Iíve 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 (1232) - 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 (4284) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TomDecapolis (4546) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JAN 26, 2014
Pours a deep chestnut with a foamy off white head. Aroma of holiday spices, dark cherries, caramel and toffee. Flavor of dark cherries, cinnamon, nutmeg and caramel.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mnoud (286) - Martinsburg, West Virginia, USA - JAN 21, 2014
2014.01.21 - Schlafly Christmas Ale - 12oz bottle in pint glass. 2012 vintage - bottled 11/21/2012 Aroma: smells of dark spices, generic I know but thatís about all I get. An aroma I canít quite identify, maybe nutmeg as others are noting. Appearance: Pours around 12 on SRM scale. Orange tan, similar to Newcastle Brown for example. Still a decent amount of carbonation, foamy, dissipates to a white ring. Taste: not very complex, basically a mild ale with possibly mild bitterness, a spicy cinnamon is prominent and obvious without being too much. Palate/Mouthfeel: light overall, smooth, spicy powdery aftertaste. Overall: Like their pumpkin ale, it is tasty and enjoyable. A solid brew without being great. Nowhere near as good as some Belgian holiday brews and so forth, but a solid specialty ale. Aroma 6/10, Appearance 3/5, Taste 7/10, Palate 4/5, Overall 13/20

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kramer (5108) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2014
Bottle. Pours a clear dark ruby body with a small fizzy off-white head that faded pretty quickly. The nose is a full on Christmas spice assault, heavy nutmeg and cinnamon for the most part. Orange peel, clove, and a light pine tree note as well. The flavor is super spicy as well with a base maltiness thatís slightly sweet and toasty with a bit of graininess. The dominant spice in the flavor is a tie between cinnamon and clove. Finishes with a spicy and slightly sweet lingering maltiness. No real indication that this is in the 8% ABV range. Medium bodied with a slight stickiness, fizzy moderate carbonation. Canít get into this one too much, itís just a little too heavy on the spicing for my tastes.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (2693) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2014
This is quite pleasant, but this brewery seems to give me that impression all the time. Pours amber darker and deeper in the middle and golden on the outside with a beige head. The aroma brings sweet cloves balanced well maybe some honey notes after. Flavor starts out with nice Christmas spice and sweetness, cloves and almost hints of ginger, but the sweetness drops and brings and the spices remain settling pleasantly o the palate with an amber malty character.


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