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RATINGS: 262   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - DEC 23, 2014
12oz bottle into a tulip. Pours a very dark brown with abundant carbonation leading to a long-lasting head with plenty of lacing on the sides of the glass. Aroma at first strikes me as soapy but farther along there is some cinnamon and clove along with honey. Maybe just a light touch of pine. All of it is a bit light, though. The flavor closely resembles the nose with the spices equally light. Cinnamon and clove once again dominate but they just don’t really have any staying power. Gingerbread seems to be a lingering quality with a silky and spritzy mouthfeel. Thankfully the sweetness is held in check with just a brief shot of alcohol towards the finish. Overall, a very standard Christmas ale that is pretty drinkable. For me, though, I prefer something a bit heartier that packs a bigger punch in this style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kambei70 (958) - - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiveacestx (930) - Texas, USA - APR 9, 2012
Bottle from Kier - pours dark orange with a medium head. Has an aroma of spice and a taste of gingerbread. Medium body and a smooth finish. I had this beer in April but it definitely took me back to December!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - OCT 7, 2007
2006 bottle, sampled tonight, oct 25th 2006 is the brew date. So, nearly a year old. Aroma is fantastic deep caramel and sweet hops. Taste is very similar, but the spices have dropped a little. The clove and coriander are not that present, but somewhat there in the background. Everything about this beer is great, up until I swallow. Finishes crisp and slightly wet and spicy, but then, nothing! Jesus, where did the beer go I just drank? Very decent start, then disappointing finish. Make this a few degrees "bigger in the body, add some stinky hops, age it for a few years, and this could be very solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - DEC 9, 2009
12oz bottle (Bottled with love on 11 12 2009) served in an English pint glass. Clear copper pour with a thin head of tan foam that quickly faded away into a flimsy film. Minimal, slippery lacing. The aroma had a strong spicy nose of cinnamon, nutmeg, rich caramel, toffee, and some faint citrus. The flavor was full of thick toffee and caramel wrapped in orange zest and spices. Not overly spiced, but there was a distinct note of cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg. Also some spicy noble hops that tingle the tongue at the finish. Full-bodied, oily mouthfeel with a decent amount of carbonation. Pretty well made, especially if you like a spiced winter warmer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scipio (837) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2014
Pours a deep, clear, copper in color with a medium beige head. The aroma has a holiday feel to it, with lots of cinnamon and spices, clove, ginger, nutmeg, and caramel. Taste is malty and still very Christmasy. It is a bit sweet. Its big on cinnamon, with gingerbread flavors standing out as well. Lesser impressions include clove, caramel, and cherry. Holiday spiciness is noticed throughout as well. The aftertaste is a short cinnamon and cherry. Medium bodied, a thicker texture, while average in carbonation. The alcohol content is really masked well here. I really enjoyed this one. This is easily one of the better Christmas beers that you will find.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
davey101 (751) - Connecticut, USA - APR 24, 2014
12 oz bottle into a snifter. Pours a clear copper/red with a finger of solid khaki foam with sticky lacing. Nose is cloves, all spice, and cinnamon with a heavy dose of caramel. Taste is earthy hops, clove, toffee and cinnamon. Finishes spicy and sweet. Medium mouth feel with the 8% hidden well, Really solid Christmas beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
sethdude (706) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 26, 2006
Nice effort. Pours a nice reddish-copper with a medium-to-thin head. Aroma is like a very, very yeasty gingerbread man. Almost too yeasty. Flavor is full, caramel, toffee, maple syrup (think Mary Janes or Squirrel Nut Zippers), followed by ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. A very candy-like beer, appropriate flavors for the holiday, and a very nice alcohol buzz. Good stuff, right there with the pumpkin.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 16, 2009
Bottle: Pours a pale gold color with no head...nose is mainly biscuit-y malts with some spruce, coriander, citrus zest and light nutmeg. Medium bodied...flavor follows the path of the nose righteously. Decent, nothing to write home about.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - DEC 15, 2006
Excellent seasonal. Clear copper body with a small beige head that retains well and deposits some patchy lace. Very spicy aroma, with gingerbread, pine cone, cloves, nutmeg, and orangepeel. The spices zing the tongue and the body is medium with good carbonation. Taste is malty with toffe and caramel notes, almost overwhelmed by the assertive spicing. Nice touch of bittering pine hops. Dry finish with a ginger aftertaste. Alcohol content is very well hidden.

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