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A malty, full-bodied red ale made with traditional mulling spices: Ginger, Clove, All Spice, Cinammon & Nutmeg. If this one doesn't get you into the Christmas spirit, you truly are a Scrooge. Released each year on Thanksgiving Eve.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - NOV 30, 2006
sampled @ Andy’s. Amber in appearance. Aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, the usuals. Taste is spicy and malty, balanced hop bittering finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
notalush (5234) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2006
2006 bottle - foamy, clear copper pour - it’s got the pretty standard Christmas Ale smell we’ve all come to expect, along with some light chocolate and hints of fruit preserves - the carbonation is a little harsh in the mouthfeel - a well developed/balanced spice character, with some peppery hints around the edges - very mild sweetness, with fruit flavors of strawberry and black cherry - there is a very warming quality to this beer that is certainly not from alcohol, but rather, from tthe well-combined spices - gets a little thin near the end, but otherwise I’m really enjoying this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - NOV 29, 2006
Bottle via mystery swap from DocLock (thanks Jeff!). Pours a dark mahonay brown with a small beige head. Nose is spicey and fruity. Allspice, ginger, cinnamon, strawberries, toasted grains. Flavor is the same with some added hoppiness and acidity in the finish. Light/medium body. Overcarbonated. Also a bit of chalkiness in the aftertaste. Medium bodied. Not bad at all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2006
2006 Draught - Amber color with light spicy-fruit aroma. Tastes alot like a pumpkin beer - spicy, sweet, nothing special. Still better than a fruit wine though.....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jcwattsrugger (11348) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 27, 2006
06 Christmas Ale-GBof A PA-750 ml bottle-pours a light tan head and hazy copper color. Aroma is spice, medium malt-sweet. Taste is initial burst of spice, medium malt-sweet and hops bite then finishes with discordant spices. OK beer. OK carbonation.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2006
2006 from draft. Christmasy red berries aroma. translucent garnet beer with short beige head. soapy pumpkin-beer floral flavor not working, mess of spices and fruity things in poor proportion and not much beer flavor to hold it up. ginger, allspice, clove, and blech. unbalanced. this is the end of the line between me and sly fox - it can’t be the draft vs bottling thing now. I keep trying and I’ve never even had a decent beer from this place. We got a free pint glass for buying this at a special event but no one wanted to finish the stuff so we ended up leaving the glass.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rballs01 (282) - Madison, New Jersey, USA - NOV 22, 2006
Had this 2006 vintage botttle at a sales meeting. Very highly spiced. Smelled of cinammon, nutmeg and spices. The taste was similar with a great malt balance. This is the perfect beer for a Holiday party. No one can not like this. Even heated this would probably be delicious.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Dopplebock1538 (71) - Sanatoga, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2006
Average, very average. nice color and body. But an overwelming taste of spice. I think the fox needs to stick to what they do best...IPA BABY IPA!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - NOV 17, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2007 2006 bottle. A very slightly hazy copper color. Aroma of gingerbread spices. taste of gingerbread, raisins, maybe a slight hoppines to finish. It overpowers you with gingerbread flavor. 6/4/4/3/8=2.5

2007 Bottle. Clear ruby-copper with a large head. Aroma was caramel malt brown sugar and spices. A lot less ginger this year, and heavier on the allspice and cloves. The cinnamon stands out. It’s a much better drink spicewise IMO. 7/4/7/4/13=3.5

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2006
2005 courtesy of egajdzis. Bright ruddy-amber body with a silky beige head. Aroma of medium sweet, warm caramel, cherry, light toffee, and fruitcake plus a nice blend of subtle, well-melded spices including apparent cinnamon and ginger. Flavorful, pleasant, and not too sweet, actually finishing semi-dry. A very good Christmas beer and a nice surprise. In my book, this eclipses most holiday beers that come to mind.

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