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RATINGS: 248   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
heemer77 (5210) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madscotsman (147) - Fairview Heights, Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2007
Poured amber in color with a small white head. Had a spicy aroma a bit like the #15, but had somewhat of a boring finish. I liked the #15 just a little bit better.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gregis (1281) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - DEC 3, 2007
Pours a hazy, light copper with a lot of fine sediment and a frothy, creamy, off-white head that laces fairly well. The aroma is a big and malty with notes of orange and more clove than I would prefer; not particularly enticing, I get a strange, almost soapy, "off" note that must be the hops duking it out with the cloves for dominance. Light to medium-bodied and slick with a quick hit of soft yet assertive carbonation on the swallow. The finish is also fairly quick with just a mild lingering flavor of the cloves at the end. The flavor is an improvement over the aroma, but I have an aversion to overly spiced beer (Anchors OSA for example) and this one has just way too much of the cloves out front for my liking. Sweet and malty up front (it reminds me, at first, of some pumpkin ales that I’ve tried), but an orange note comes forward, along with some spicy hops, to kick the pumpkin comparison in the teeth. Not particularly well balanced, I was a bit disappointed with this one. Unless you really go for the orange and clove wassail thing, this isn’t really one that I can recommend with any enthusiasm.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dogbrick (10019) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2008
Bottle from Party Source. This beer is a hazy amber color with a medium thin light beige head. Spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma of citrus peel, coriander and sweet cookies. Light-bodied with a sweet spiced character. Flavors of clove, caramel malt and mild hops. The finish is citrusy with a lingering sweet spice aftertaste. Slightly above average overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcr (2424) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - DEC 16, 2008
Bottle. Light copper body. Small, off-white head that is mostly diminishing. Strong spice aroma of cloves and cinnamon. The spice nose carries over into the flavor which is dominated by clove. The aroma also has hints of pine, caramel and brown sugar. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. The finish stays on the sweet side. Medium body with a velvety, slightly sticky texture. Lively carbonation. The strong clove aroma and taste was too overpowering.

   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 8/20
aaronhaywood (74) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUN 2, 2009
A very pumpkiny brew. Very spicy aftertatse. Nice orangy look to it. I would probably enjoy it more at Christmas time. It is now June.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Chudwick (2542) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - NOV 30, 2011
Draft in a pint glass - pours copper orange with off white head and mediocre lacing. Nose is pumpkin, yeast, and spices. Aroma is orange, hops and some spice or other. Taste is sweet and ends on a dry and bitter note. Carbonation is fairly flat and texture is slick. Quite festive aromas but taste is not to my liking.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
olr1984 (1418) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 5, 2012
Dark amber pour with slight white head. Cinnamon aroma. Taste lots of spices nutmeg and cinnamon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
adnielsen (10199) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2012
Bottle @ home, courtesy of jcnielsen. Thanks Jetson! Pours a dark red orange appearance with a small, light brown head. Spicy clove, orange citrusy, light caramel, fairly spicy aroma. Tangy orange peel, lightly toasty malty, fairly spicy, light clove flavor. Ehhh, ok.

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