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RATINGS: 241   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
davey101 (696) - 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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scipio (720) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 27, 2012
THOUGHTS: Rather sweet and quite orangey. Very Christmasy, but in a non-traditional Christmas beer way. Very nice. Way better than I was expecting. Hid alcohol very well. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, light to medium amber with an average, off-white head that mostly diminished and left fair lacing. The aroma had heavy toasted malt, caramel, honey and orange; slightly herbal and spicy hops; clove; slight pepper and Chrismtasiness. It sort of tasted like orange marmalade on toast with a little spice. The initial flavor was moderate to heavily sweet and lightly acidic; while the finish was moderate to heavily sweet, lightly acidic and slightly bitter with an average duration. There was orange, caramel and toasted malt, more orange, clove and spice, maybe a little pepper, slightly herbal hops and genuine Christmasiness. The slightly more than medium body was a little syrupy and slightly sticky on the lips and then rather dry with fizzy carbonation and a dry and ever so sightly alcoholic finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (11652) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 6, 2012
Draft. Clear amber body, medium beige head, nice lacing. Aroma is medium sweet, grapefruit/orange, some earthy, caramel, light cardamom. Taste is moderately sweet, orange/grapefruit, malty/caramel. Medium body, quite drinkable.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EtTuCthulhu (1138) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - NOV 12, 2013
This beer smells a lot like this same brewery’s pumpkin ale due to the cinnamon and nutmeg but adds something new due to the dough yeast, and the appearance is a clear auburn color with a small off-white head that fades quickly. The taste is really indulgent as a result of the high spice level, slight sourness, slight sweetness, and a touch of umami, and the palate complements it nicely with the oily texture, medium body, soft carbonation, and a long finish that is an extension of the taste.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
gschrade (777) - Collinsville, USA - DEC 10, 2013
I had this at my sisters house. Pours amber with a white head. Taste sweet, cinnamon, nutmeg. I thought this was good. I would drink this again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bif (1562) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 14, 2013
Pours a dark amber color with a off-white head and some lacing. Aroma of fruit, nutmeg, bit of cinnamon, caramel and spice. Taste of of fruit, orange, caramel sweetness, cinnamon, nutmeg and spice. mild bitterness and finish that is quite dry with a bit of lingering spices. Medium body, rich texture and well balanced. No trace of the 8% ABV, just a subtle warming feeling. Good beer that goes well with the Christmas season.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (2693) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2014
This is quite pleasant, but this brewery seems to give me that impression all the time. Pours amber darker and deeper in the middle and golden on the outside with a beige head. The aroma brings sweet cloves balanced well maybe some honey notes after. Flavor starts out with nice Christmas spice and sweetness, cloves and almost hints of ginger, but the sweetness drops and brings and the spices remain settling pleasantly o the palate with an amber malty character.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
andyhwcinc (1516) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 19, 2014
Purchased at Bottles and Cans in Chicago, IL; enjoyed at home on a frigid November night prior to making some food. Appearance is a dark ruby with a moderate frothy tan head. Aroma is potent and sweet with cinnamon, caramel, apple, clove, lot going on with this. Taste goes down with a light sour, definite sweetness, overall pretty smooth. Good stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bnokk (72) - Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2014
Growler fill APPEARANCE – great copper color, nice bright white head & powerful lacing. NOSE - slight hint of spice to it. Not overpowering. FLAVOR - lightly malty, good indiscernible spice. NOTES - thoroughly enjoyable winter warmer style beer.


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