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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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUL 4, 2006
2005 bottle thanks to egajdzis. Hazy light chestnut color with a good sized beige head. Sweet baking spice aroma(cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, etc.) with some bradiness as well. Sweet malty flavor with tons of cinnamon in there. I don’t think I have ever had a beer with that much cinnamon. A bit of nutmeg and pepper in the flavor as well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerguy101 (5276) - Newark, California, USA - JUN 8, 2006
This ale pours a deep brown color from a cork finish 750ml bottle. Large sized white foamy head. Aroma is ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon and clove. A medium bodied ale. Malts are fruity and sweet. Lots of brown sugar and molasses flavors, as well as pumpkin pie spices minus the pumpkin. Malty and fairly sweet but kind of balanced by the spices. Lively carbonation. Nice Christmas beer. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JUN 8, 2006
2005 Vintage. Poured a hazy amber color with a light reddish hue. Large but quickly diminishing off-white head. The aroma smelled like ginger bread as well as regualr chocolate chip (sans the chocolate) cookies. Malty with additional notes of raisins. Malty flavor with ginger and spices. Lively mouthfeel. Semi-dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 20, 2006
Clear amber pour with a thin offwhite head. Aroma of butter, gingerbread and banana. Flavor of butter, gingerbread, spices and banana, it feels like the spices are a bit overkill. Light to medium body with an oily texture and strong carbonation. Hmm, it feels like they tried a bit too hard on this one, it’s not really bad but I wouldn’t drink this again.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 20, 2006
Ginger, butter, banana, cinnamon, vanilla, cookie dough and a soft round spiciness in the extremely sweet aroma. Sure, there’s plenty going on but it seems disjointed. Opaque, deep amber-brown coloured body is topped by a lasting, off white head. Big gingerbread cookie dough flavour suggests brown sugar, caramel, vanilla, toffee and of course plenty of spices as well as a fair bitterness, but all in all the sweetness is cloying. Medium body with somewhat low carbonation. Call me Scrooge, I guess. Bottle sampled with beerbuzzmontreal, Goldorak, MartinT, muzzlehatch, Olivier_MTL, Rastacouere and Siroy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6178) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 18, 2006
Bottle: Deep ruby hued caramel, large frothy light beige head, sparce lacing.   Spicy nose, ginger being most predominant, followed by soft cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.   Same spices on the tongue as on the nose.   Comes across as a Pumpkin Ale, but without any Pumpkin.   Slightly spritzy mouthfeel, sweet, with a quick clean finish.   Underlying base on this one is somewhat boring.   Needs to be a Porter or something.   Fairly good otherwise.   Thanks Jason for the bottle.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Goldorak (439) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 9, 2006
2005 Bottle sampled at the "let’s piss off Clark" tasting.

Festive brownish red, with a head of compact bubbles.
DMS Buttered popcorn aroma, you’d think this was brewed by Orville Redenbacher, if he were also baking banana bread.
Gingerbread men, pumpkin pie, banana bread. Don’t get me wrong, I love all of those things, but just maybe not all blended together in liquid form. The spices were way too harsh and I just couldn’t get over the smell.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Siroy (220) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 2, 2006
[ Bottled ; chilled ; 05 vintage ]
A mostly diminushing large frothy tan head that tops up a murky dark brown /copper body. Moderate lacing. Few thick particules. Few medium bubbles. Unfiltered. Aroma presents malt being medium cookie while hops are very faint herbs ... Yeast character is heavy dough. Also, there are evident evocations of plum prune and date /figs.. Diacetyl (or popcorn like butter) was noted as well.. Xmas spices.. Gingerbread, nutmeg, cinnamon.. this sorta thing Initial flavor is medium sweet .. nutty. Development is funky.. mix of spices/fruits, that diacetyl again... medium acetic. Finish is short Light to medium body... watery texture... Fizzy carbonation...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 2, 2006
750 ml corked and caged bottle (2005) generously provided by Axilla, Montreal Sourheads gathering on February 26 2006. Dark amber with lots of lasting head, chunky unfiltered and thick.....huge buttery nose, obvious diacetyl contributing a buttered popcorn character, at first pretty nauseating but after a few minutes it does die down and bready malts, vanilla and cinnamon appear and perhaps, anise....body sweet and a bit syrupy at first, mild at the front with woody-twiggy hops light until a sudden burst at the finish when it becomes very dry, bitter and rather harsh....spiciness doesn’t really hold up in the body, though the overall feeling is much nicer than the aroma.....overall not terribly successful as a "special" beer, but drinkable enough.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (7677) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 27, 2006
Any first impressions?
-A thin film of foam floats atop the rubyish terracotta.
-Aromatic diacetyl bugs the cinnamon, nutmeg, and other gingerbread manliness.
-Cookie crumbs and fruity spices thankfully take hold of the flavor spectrum, leaving barely any room for the aforementioned diacetyl moisture.
-Boiling effervescence and thin maltiness make this a rather gassy ale.

What if you dig deeper?
-Some cherries and berries proliferate within the spiced butter.
-Herbal bitterness smoothly colours the back of the mouth.
-Finishes dry as well, the maltiness could be heightened here especially methinks.
-An okay Christmas with the family, with the same old gifts and dinner menu.

Bottle; 2005 vintage.

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