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RATINGS: 228   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
daknole (9100) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
adnielsen (9077) - 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 (8627) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (8539) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (8416) - , 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dogbrick (8127) - 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 (7388) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 29, 2010
Pours a transparent deep copper amber with a spotty-lacing off-white head. Has a lightly sweet toasty caramel malty nose with a hint of butterscotch and nutmeg. Starts with pretty good fullness and a light toasty caramel sugar sweetness with some cinnamon, clove and orange spice before a drier more bitter finish. Could be a little smoother, but is still a pretty decent Christmas ale.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (6680) - Enghien, BELGIUM - NOV 30, 2008
courtesy of hwwty4. Pours orange/brown with tan head. Aroma was loaded with nice piney hops. It almost felt like taking a walk in a pine forest, the aroma was that strong. Taste is hoppy, comes off well balanced with the malts and some spices (cinnamon). Really loved this one.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (6497) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 7, 2009
12 oz. bottle from The Side Bar. Pours a cloudy orange/gold/red color, a muddy looking beer with a medium off-white head that leaves some lacing. Aroma of gingerbread, nutmeg, clove, biscuity malts, orange peel, pine hops. Flavor of orange peel, clove, malts, caramel, pine hops, brown sugar, winter spices. Medium bodied, and unfortunately served too cold (save the frosted glasses for Bud Light, bartender), this one is better when served relatively warm. The spices, hops, and citrus are all more apparent in the flavor than on the nose. Not bad.


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