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RATINGS: 262   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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (9380) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (9313) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
douglas88 (8399) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 18, 2010
Bottle. Pours a cloudy orange color with a medium white head that dies down. A sweet clove and nutmeg nose along with caramel. Smooth and easy; spices, especially cloves, some light pine and caramel. Nice.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drowland (7887) - Georgia, USA - AUG 13, 2009
This is one crazy cat. It says it’s a brown ale with stuff added, but you don’t get much of the brown. You definitely get the orange, and the spices AND the spiciness of the hops make these crazy phenols jump out which make it smell and taste almost like a solid Belgian Wit. Crazy.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nimbleprop (7488) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 19, 2009
12oz 2008 Vintage scored via extra in a trade. Pours a translucent, muddy, copper amber with a creamy, lacing, slightly off white head. Smells like a christmas cookie, ginger, cake icing, sweet, cookie dough, grains, spices, nutmeg. Flavor starts like a beer (grains, caramel, toast, crackers) and ends like a christmas cookie (nutmeg, caramel, cake icing, ginger). Smooth mouthfeel, a little lingering sweetness. For a Christmas beer I really liked it.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (7325) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - DEC 12, 2010
Draft. Poured a medium-dark golden color with a medium sized head. Aroma has citrus, notes of pine, malts. Flavor is heavy on the orange, with notes of holiday spices and a touch of candy.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (7321) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 3, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2016 Bottle (Oct 2015 bottling). Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is dark amber. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (cookie, caramel), with notes of allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, light note of metal shavings. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately to heavily bitter, spicy. Medium to full body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic, slightly metallic. Bit of a metallic twang to this one, and it’s a spice bomb without much else going on. Rather harsh spice bitterness in the finish. Not terrible, but not very good either.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Radek Kliber (7165) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JAN 11, 2011
Bottle 355 ml
Aroma pleasant Christmas beer aroma with its sweet malts , pumpkin cake , spices with bit of hop and alcohol.7+
Appearance nice crystal hue on amber , bright white cap , some lace.4-
Flavor and Palate : medium full bodied. Smooth creamy sweet body a la festive cake. Yet no too sweet , lightly spiced to character, alcohol is present but not over the top. Good seasonal ale.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Strykzone (6720) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2006
This is a beautiful beer. Dark reddish brown in color it has a rich thick foamy head. The aroma is very spicey and sweet. Some cinnamon is evident as are cloves. Hops add just a hint of tartness. There is a chemical flavor that is unpleasant but it is faint. Mouth feel is creamy and smooth. A slight bitter aftertaste has a short life after each taste. As the beer warmed some sweet malts came to the forefront. The chemical flavor never quite disappears but that is the only real negative against this beer.


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