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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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 31, 2009
Bottle courtesy of beastiefan2k. Pours light brown with a persistent white head. Smells of spice, fruit, sweet malt. Tastes of spice, cinnamon, sweet malt, earthy. This oneís a straight shooter.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Strykzone (6222) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drfabulous (6031) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 23, 2007
Moderately spiced ale. Not as intense as Anchorís release this year...and that may be a good thing. Whereas I found Anchorís too intense and too spice-cake like, this one is a bit more pleasant. Though it doesnít work as hard to differentiate itself from Schlaflyís basic pale ale...it is decent. Maybe I should age a couple.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheBeerGod (5872) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 23, 2010
Bottle. Translucent copper. Very small, foamy white head. Aroma is very spicy but clove and cinnamon stand out. Thereís also sweet malt, light caramel, hints of ginger and nutmeg. Taste is big cinnamon, clove and nutmeg with spicy hops, light ginger, sweet malt and caramel. Body is medium with a moderate, bubbly carbonation. Ends with more clove and cinnamon, light spicy hops, nutmeg and caramel.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AirForceHops (5781) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 28, 2013
12 oz. bottle compliments to Queenholly. As I popped the cap I could smell the spices. Nothing like a little Christmas in February! Nice amber pour with thick fluffy head that fizzled and slowly died. Nose is clove, spice and caramel. The orange peel is the main spice I get followed by nutmeg and cinnamon with light toffee notes from the malt. Lightly dry finish. I like that this brewer took a slightly different take on a spiced brew. Reminds me a bit of spiced cake. It drinks like a 5 % brew. Overall, I enjoyed this.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kramer (5735) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2014
Bottle. Pours a clear dark ruby body with a small fizzy off-white head that faded pretty quickly. The nose is a full on Christmas spice assault, heavy nutmeg and cinnamon for the most part. Orange peel, clove, and a light pine tree note as well. The flavor is super spicy as well with a base maltiness thatís slightly sweet and toasty with a bit of graininess. The dominant spice in the flavor is a tie between cinnamon and clove. Finishes with a spicy and slightly sweet lingering maltiness. No real indication that this is in the 8% ABV range. Medium bodied with a slight stickiness, fizzy moderate carbonation. Canít get into this one too much, itís just a little too heavy on the spicing for my tastes.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Patrickctenchi (5723) - Coxís Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - NOV 22, 2015
Bottle: Pours slightly reddish-brown with a small tan head. Cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel scent....very spicy. Sweet caramel malt, spicy orange-peel, clove taste. Just on the verge of being overblown with the spicing.....the cinnamon is almost gritty...Finishes with a slight grain alcohol note and strong holiday spices...Pretty good, but not one Iíd pick repeatedly.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Iphonephan (5677) - McLean, Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2013
From a 12 oz bottle shared at home. Pours a clear deep amber with an ecru head. Spicy nose. Flavors of cinnamon, cloves, cranberry and orange zest. Medium bodied, high carbonation, effervescent finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nuplastikk (5615) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 7, 2011
12oz bottle at Brickskeller. Filtered amber-orange. Spells straight up like a Pumpkin beer, lots of spice. Really mellow for the ABV. Smooth malty tones. Cinnamon pumpkin tones, but maybe its the orange peel. Pretty nice, despite the pumpkin ale smell, remains a solid beer.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (5482) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 6, 2013
Nice crisp copper coloured body with a bright amber, ruby and orange tint and a thick, three centimetre tall tan head - nice. Aroma of roasted malt, nuts, figs, earth and bunches of spices - allspice, pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg and cinnamon. Medium-bodied; Strong spicey flavour at first with alcohol also noticeable, but the spice warmth starts with nutmeg and hits coriander seed, cardamom and juniper berries. Aftertaste is potent with the roasted malt and pit fruits the strongest, but the bitterness from spices is also noticeable and showing relatively well. Overall, a nice spiced beer with some good flavours, but not too much to be cloying or overpowered - a nice beer for sure and good for winter. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Red, White & Bleu in Falls Church, Virginia on 23-November-2012 for US$2.99 sampled at home on this, the twelve day of Christmas, 06-January-2013 in Washington.


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