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RATINGS: 246   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (10624) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 14, 2012
Bottle. Pours dark amber with tan head. Nose/taste of cinnamon, clove, caramel, nutmeg and sweet malt. Spices seem fresh and authentic. Medium body.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (10406) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2010
12 ounce bottle from Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a clear orangish-amber color with a medium frothy head. Fair head retention and lacing. Big orange and clove in the aroma with some caramel and toast and some floral hops. The taste is caramel, toasted malts, citrus, clove, cinnamon, cherries. Faintly bitter hop finish. Medium-full bodied. Nice beer. Christmasy indeed.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
daknole (10201) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 1, 2009
Bottle from Acknud. This was better than I expected. Pours nice cloudy brown color. Nice nose of spices, caramel, alchohol, and some very light hop notes. Flavor is malty and sweet with some graham flavors, cinammon, nutmeg and a light, light hops at the end.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
hopscotch (10075) - 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!

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
adnielsen (10037) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2012
Bottle @ home, courtesy of jcnielsen. Thanks Jetson! Pours a dark red orange appearance with a small, light brown head. Spicy clove, orange citrusy, light caramel, fairly spicy aroma. Tangy orange peel, lightly toasty malty, fairly spicy, light clove flavor. Ehhh, ok.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (9437) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dogbrick (9325) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2008
Bottle from Party Source. This beer is a hazy amber color with a medium thin light beige head. Spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma of citrus peel, coriander and sweet cookies. Light-bodied with a sweet spiced character. Flavors of clove, caramel malt and mild hops. The finish is citrusy with a lingering sweet spice aftertaste. Slightly above average overall.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
crossovert (9062) - Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2014
2007 vintage. 355ml bottle. Oxidized pretty well, was possibly brewery storage. Spices, some sherry old ale notes but not all there.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (8332) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2011
12oz bottle. Bottled 11/14/11. Clear red / amber color with lots of floating sediment. Minimal off-white head, leaving a bit of lace. Lighter carbonation. Nice, fruity citrus aftertaste. I really enjoy the orange-peel aroma in this, accompanied with spicy cloves and good malt body accentuated by the hops. A mild sweet taste. Great christmas ale.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BVery (7878) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - APR 26, 2015
Bottle. Excellent holiday seasonal. Murky amber - brown pour with a smallish white head. Lots of nutmeg, fig, cardamom, clove, hint of citrus. Yummy.


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