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A full-bodied amber ale to spice up the holidays. ‘Tis the season to enjoy this rich and flavorful ale made with orange peel, cloves and spicy hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jeremyh70 (585) - Missouri, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Clear copper color with little head and lacing. Smell clove and caramel malt in aroma with hints of orange peel. Taste the clove with some ginger and that orange peel. Malt backbone provides sweetness. Slight astringency mid palate with spicy, dry finish. Mouthfeel is a bit thin with moderate carbonation. Much like their pumpkin ale but with orange instead of pumpkin. Spicing isn't overdone which is nice, making it more pleasant and drinkable. Alcohol is hidden well. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kambei70 (497) - - JAN 13, 2013
Did not enter comments at time of tasting. Will try again and enter more detailed notes. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (4487) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 6, 2013
Nice crisp copper coloured body with a bright amber, ruby and orange tint and a thick, three centimetre tall tan head - nice. Aroma of roasted malt, nuts, figs, earth and bunches of spices - allspice, pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg and cinnamon. Medium-bodied; Strong spicey flavour at first with alcohol also noticeable, but the spice warmth starts with nutmeg and hits coriander seed, cardamom and juniper berries. Aftertaste is potent with the roasted malt and pit fruits the strongest, but the bitterness from spices is also noticeable and showing relatively well. Overall, a nice spiced beer with some good flavours, but not too much to be cloying or overpowered - a nice beer for sure and good for winter. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Red, White & Bleu in Falls Church, Virginia on 23-November-2012 for US$2.99 sampled at home on this, the twelve day of Christmas, 06-January-2013 in Washington.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
gregwilsonstl (942) - Missouri, USA - JAN 6, 2013
Very dark red but somewhat clear. Deep dark caramel. A lot of spice. Clove. Subtle nutmeg.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Arayaga2 (1754) - portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Transparent chestnut color with a thin white head. Aroma is not far off from a pumpkin spiced beer, but with brighter citrusy hop notes. Taste is the same, with the earthiness, but not so much citrus or hops, just a well rounded spice beer that isn’t cloying or medicinal as I thought it might be. $2/12oz

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
burg326 (3210) - Florida, USA - DEC 29, 2012
12 ounce bottle poured a darker orange color, with aromas of spice, light orange with some caramel. Flavors are the same as the aroma, more spice in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
queenholly (2611) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Bottle. Cinnamon, orange, and caramel aroma. Amber with a moderate ivory head, decent lacing. Flavor is just a big overwhelming spice bomb, which almost obscured what little bit of sweet malt I was able to detect.. Medium body and carbonation. I may as well have been chewing on a cinnamon stick. This one lacks balance. Looking at some of the other ratings, I seem to be in a minority on this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheHopster (746) - Netcong, New Jersey, USA - DEC 23, 2012
(Bottle ). Deep amber complexion with modest tan head. Lot of spice over deep malt flavor. Mark’s choice for annual Cole Christmas dinner. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ben4321 (3559) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Location: 12 oz bottle from Buy Rite, 12/23/12

Aroma: The nose is full of winter spice, with some cookie, caramel, and orange/citrus
Appearance: It pours a clear reddish color with a small off-white head and minimal lace
Flavor: The flavor is fairly spicy as well, malty and fairly sweet, with a little bit of alcohol as well
Palate: The body is medium, it has an average-to-lively carbonation, and some mild heat
Overall Impression: I thought this was an alright example of a winter warmer. They didn’t do anything wrong, but maybe I just expected a little better example from Schlafly. It isn’t bad, it just isn’t well rounded enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrewDad (4632) - Olympia, USA - DEC 22, 2012
Amber in color, clear with a thin head. Nice Malt and spices mix. This brew warms up well and with a kick if you have a few extra.

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