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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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (17658) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 7, 2014
Bottle @ RBSG Grand Tasting. Vintage 2007. Pours an amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy caramel aroma. Fruity malty spicy caramel flavor. Has a fruity malty spicy caramel finish.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (13517) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 22, 2010
Draft at Churchkey. Clear dark golden color, huge beige head with poor retention. Aroma of Christmas fruitcake. Taste is a strange mixture of licorice, peppermint candy, chocolate, pine and citrus. Mediocre.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (12789) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 2, 2009
Vibrant opaque amber. No head. Light malt and light spice on the nose. Balanced, herbal character with a spicy finish. Good malt signature. Nice balance.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (11666) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 6, 2012
Draft. Clear amber body, medium beige head, nice lacing. Aroma is medium sweet, grapefruit/orange, some earthy, caramel, light cardamom. Taste is moderately sweet, orange/grapefruit, malty/caramel. Medium body, quite drinkable.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
brokensail (11613) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 5, 2014
Bottle @ RBSG 2014 Grand Tasting. Amber pour with a khaki head. Nose is heavy on the nutmeg, clove, and cinnamon. A bit of sweet yam casserole. Toasted malt and caramel, too. Flavor has somewhat of a spiciness to it, light tang, and plenty of sweetness. Reminds me of sweet potatoes with pineapple. Nutmeg, cinnamon, and a touch of vanilla. Too much sugar.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (11534) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 14, 2009
Thanks again to Acknud for this bottle. Nice copper color with a decent beige head. Aromas of orange and clove. Near medium body with frothy/creamy carbonation. Flavor is orange zest and clove to me. There’s a roasted malt backbone. Finishes with something tending towards bitter that might be hop. Sort of a lighter version of the style. Quite tasty.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thewolf (11264) - Kolding, DENMARK - DEC 2, 2007
Bottle. [thank you, drmatt!]
[2006 vintage]
Pour is a hazy brownish amber with a head that fizzes while pouring. After the pours it settles as a quite small yellowish dense creamy head. Aroma is powerfully spicy. Cinnamon, orange peel, cloves (lots!) and malty caramel sweetness. Rather light mouthfeel. Flavour is very spicy as well. Cloves dominate again, some caramel maltiness and a clear frutiness; slight sourness. Finish is peppery hoppy. Aftertaste is long, sweetish and very spicy again. Nice, but I think I’ll only have one :o)

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (11103) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2007
Bottle. Poured dark amber hue with a moderate creamy off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Heavy spicy citrus aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture. Heavy sweet spicy flavor and an average sweet finish of moderate duration. Interesting drinkable spicy brew.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (10145) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - AUG 17, 2007
Bottle received via trade with drmatt. Pours tawny with a small frothy off-white head, somewhat diminishing, fair lacing. Aroma is average malt (cookie, caramel), average hops (herbs), average yeast (dough) with notes of cinnamon, plum and brown sugar. Medium bodied, sticky texture, average carbonation and a bitter finish. Average duration, moderate sweetness, acidity and bitterness.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
hopscotch (9559) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 11, 2007
Bottle... Clear amber ale with a small, fizzy, off-white head. Malty, spicy aroma with notes of toffee and tons of clove. The flavor is sweet and chock-full of holiday spice. It’s lightly bitter, but not nearly enough to halt the cloying onslaught of sweet, buttery, over-spiced gingerbread. Full-bodied and creamy with moderate carbonation. Finishes sweet, spicy and tongue-numbing. Too sweet and spicy for me! Thanks, vyvvy, for the bottle!


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