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RATINGS: 261   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (10338) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 5, 2014
2012 edition moderated the spices to balance. Deep golden-orange with lasting head. Good drinkability, with carbonation off a bit. Lacy.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
radio_nowhere (1287) - Maryland, USA - DEC 30, 2013
Bottle into pint glass, clear rich ruby-copper color with light tan head. Aroma of Christmas spices (clove, cinnamon, nutmeg) and caramel malt. Taste seems richer then the aroma adding notes of toffee, orange peel and a nice overall fruitiness (citrus, berries). Medium body, low carbonation, soft, oily with lingering roast/spice finish. Nice rich yet balanced Christmas beer.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
DCLawyer (2313) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2013
Bottle->small tumbler. Cloudy medium brown with offwhite head. Tons of Christmas spices overpowering the malt and grasses underneath. A mess.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
tnkw01 (1615) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 23, 2013
Bottle. Didn’t care for this one. Amber color. A little cloudy. Aroma was funky, fat woman’s underwear. Taste funky and spicy. Horrible actually. Drain pour.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jhgrantjr (462) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 20, 2013
Pours a semi-clear brownish color. Aroma of Christmas - cloves, spices. Tastes sweet, the malty caramel taste but with some hop bitterness. This is a good winter beer. Gets too sweet for me as it warms though. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.7
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
partywithanM (103) - Kansas City, Kansas, USA - DEC 18, 2013
Ordered this at a bar. it looks good but doesn’t tast nearly as good. It tastes like christmas.... what else can I say.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jabic (431) - Brigantine, New Jersey, USA - DEC 17, 2013
Ar: Rich toffee and treacle - mulling spices, clove, black pepper. Ap: Deep chestnut, clear - medium off-white head with poor retention, leaves a solid ring of foam and a wisp of covering. T: Deep, roasted caramel - toffee, molasses, cinnamon - bread pudding - sweet, with a backbone of clean alcohol - low bitterness, finishes with raisins and cinnamon. P: Medium body with medium-high carbonation - finish is medium-dry. O: Very nice spiced winter warmer - lots of burnt sugar, dark fruits, and spices, all in good balance.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WanderinCelt87 (195) - Hamburg, New Jersey, USA - DEC 17, 2013
Pours a lovely amber with a light tan head. Has a soft spice aroma. Has a very heavy nutmeg taste a hint of cinnamon at the end. Leaves a spicy after taste.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
snoworsummer (4047) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 16, 2013
From a bottle. Pours Almost clear ruby brown with a frothy off white head and some lacing. Tastes malty and slightly like cider, light spice. Light body and low carbonation. Smells slightly sour, nutty, malty.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sonnycheeba (4629) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 16, 2013
Bottle. Pours clear dark amber/copper with fizzy off-white head. Aroma is plums, figs, cinnamon, nutmeg, light toast, caramel, and other spices. Flavor is semi-sweet bready malts, dark fruit esters, mixed spices, and some booze; dry finish. Medium body and low carbonation.


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