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RATINGS: 246   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (5953) - Fairfax, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Strykzone (5813) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheBeerGod (5633) - 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. There’s 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kramer (5431) - 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 that’s 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. Can’t get into this one too much, it’s just a little too heavy on the spicing for my tastes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skyview (5345) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - DEC 22, 2009
From a 12-oz bottle pours a semi-clear amber colored brew with a thin off-white head that has some nice lacing and film top after dissipation. Aroma of orange zest, caramel malt, some herbs, raisin and a hint of clove. Taste is medium bodied, light carbonation with flavors of mincemeat pie filling (raisins, cloves, spices) some caramel, toffee and orange zest. Finish is semi-sweet with a crisp orange zest and clove aftertaste. Quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
EithCubes (5269) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 8, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2014 Bottle. Aroma is a mess – an overload of cloves and juniper / tree fallings with a macro sort of sweet corn/grain and raw rubbing alcohol. Dust and cobwebs. Deep copper-mahogany pour with a soapy light brown head. Brown sugar and pithy malt with some orange peel and clove. Medium-full body with a pleasant prickle and a little wittish slurry – good mf. Alcohol is much better integrated than expected. After the rocky start, revealed itself to be a drinkable, mildly satisfying wintery ale. [2008:01.08]

Update: Confirmed on ALL points. YIKES. [2014.01.13]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - MAR 2, 2009
Bottle shared by Daknole. Luminescent glowing orange with tight white head. Aroma is subdued and hidden but classy. Includes predominant orange peel, aromatic herbs, and some well-integrated candi sugars and alcohol. High carbonation but sturdy and firm, not fizzy. Very nice flavors, like a tripel in character with lots of orange peel and mild spice, not a lot of clove. Finishes thin but otherwise nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thedm (5205) - Fort Wayne, USA - SEP 20, 2009
This draft brew from the brewery poured a small sized head of foamy finely sized off-white colored bubbles that were mostly diminishing and left behind a transparent uncarbonated golden . The mild aroma was malty mild spice and metallic. The crisp mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish. The flavor contained notes of malt hops and spices. A decent one that I would consider buying again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
heemer77 (5194) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - NOV 12, 2006
From a bottle. The body was dark copper with a light tan colored head. The aroma was cinnamon and nutmeg with some ginger bread and caramel. The taste was ginger bread with some nutmeg. The finish was decently spicy. This needs something to balance out the spice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (5171) - 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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