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RATINGS: 236   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   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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3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2011
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of malt, spices, slight clove, and slight hops. Poured amber in color with a medium-sized, creamy, dense, off-white head that diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Sparkling to very sparkling. Flavor is light to medium sweet and slightly bitter. Tastes of malt, spices, slight herbs, light hops, light cinnamon, light clove, and some candi sugar. Medium body. Average texture. Average carbonation. Malt, herb, hop, and spice finish. 8%ABV is completely hidden throughout.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Boomersmancave1 (62) - Indiana, USA - DEC 16, 2014
Received 6 pack as gift. Not a bad one either. Nose is a little heavy on the nutmeg, clove, and cinnamon but not overpowering. Pour is Dark Amber with a light tan head. Taste is of nutmeg, caramel and malt. Finish of winter spices and fruits. Pretty good beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scipio (719) - 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 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinVanBeer (116) - Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA - NOV 24, 2014
Translucent dark brown pour. Allspice, plums, and sweet malt on the nose. Nice carbonation. Spice and warming alcohol presence. A pleasant Christmas beer ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JMerritt (1838) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2014
Bottled October 20, 2014. Rustic red with a medium sized light tan head. Mild rye bread aroma with slight nutty pecan and dusty cake mix. Lightly bitter, slightly sweet flavor. Bready with a slight earthy hoppiness. Nothing really too special.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
andyhwcinc (1513) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
razzanof (34) - Leavenworth, Kansas, USA - NOV 15, 2014
From a bottle...nondescript aroma. Beer is overloaded with holiday spices and a malt backbone. Not really my thing but, for an 8%, still easy to drink. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maverick34 (2354) - New York, USA - NOV 8, 2014
Bottled. Dark maroon pour. Cinnamon allspice and cloves with malty fruity finish. Appropriately seasonal.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nearbeer (3840) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 2, 2014
12 oz. bottled 10/28/2013. A nice ring of cream plus a thin film lingers on top of the lightly hazy, deep copper body that has just a tinge of red. Aroma is at first clove and spicy banana, then some dark dried fruit, toffee, cherry and mildly soured orange. Taste is big clove, dried apple, cherry and dates. Sourish, peppery citrus zest with some mild leafy/woody hops on the finish. Medium body is to the sweet side but the spice provides an astringency that mostly balances. Medium carbonation is mostly smooth and there’s only a nice hint of the abv showing. Very interesting brew with lots going on at times, but ultimately it’s a bit much with the spices (clove, ginger, turmeric and the like) for my tastes.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (17520) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 7, 2014
Bottle @ RBSG Grand Tasting. Vintage 2007. Pours an amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy caramel aroma. Fruity malty spicy caramel flavor. Has a fruity malty spicy caramel finish.


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