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RATINGS: 245   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (11913) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 1, 2014
Draft at Beer Run, 12/5/13. Pours a clear dark red color with a thin creamy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of strong spices, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, and caramel malts. The taste is toasted caramel malts, citrus, mulling spices. Medium bodied, slight lingering spice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lamas (1569) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 21, 2013
750mL corked & caged bottle from 2013. Date on the side: 01/15/16. Mine says 6.5% ABV. Gusher! A clear dark ruby pour with a massive khaki head. Cloves, allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, a touch of ginger, and a big bready maltiness feature prominently in the wintry aroma. Plums and vanilla become apparent with a little warmth. Relatively thin to medium-bodied on the way down. Caramel and a toasted breadiness start things off taste-wise. A biscuity middle. Kinda grassy at the end. A little grainy. Lots of the aforementioned spices and just a touch of warming alcohol present from beginning to end. Some of the flavors are there, but this isn’t nearly as big as it needs to be for the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
60minuteman (1352) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2013
Very attractive amber mahogany color with brownish head. Plenty of lace and good accumulation. Cinnamon and nutmeg and other spice. Plentiful. Enjoyable Christmas ale. Wish this was a little stronger ABV

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
reberiii (498) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2014 Not my cup of tea so far. Poured from 12oz can, reddish with ample foam. Huge spice notes from this one, with the clovish scent carrying the ginger...it smells nice. The taste is again not my thing, but it’s still quality. UPDATE: So, I aged a 2013 one. And honestly, it helped a lot. It’s still strong with the clove, and it may have gotten more bitter...but that’s ok. I think the drinkability is way up. It smells now and drinks like a quad...but without the quad middle? The cherry part. But again, it’s better, and I’m ticking it up.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
MercyDevice (365) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2013
Pours a reddish brown with a medium beige head. Bitter and sharp, with a weird medicinal taste. Some cinnamon and fruit notes. Not good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
eelbasher (285) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 16, 2013
Can. Deep amber/ brown pour with a caramel colored head. Typical spices for holiday beers: cinnamon, nutmeg, clove. Very pungent. The flavor is much of same with dashes of caramel bd fruit. Hard to drink with tons of spice clouding this one. Think of a holiday candle but drinking it...meh

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrettTaylor (738) - Radford, Virginia, USA - DEC 15, 2013
Poured as part of the local shop’s weekly beer tasting, so this is based on a 1 oz sample. There’s a lot of clove on the nose and the palate. You can also smell cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. It’s fairly well-balanced except for the clove which at least in this taste was slightly overbearing the other flavors and aromas.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HighlanderOne (1237) - York, SC via NJ, South Carolina, USA - DEC 14, 2013
Poured from can. Aroma of cinnamon, graham cracker, spices, ginger. Mahogany color with light tan head. Spices galore - nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, pepper. Malt and vanilla as well. Spices are a bit heavy at first but grow on you. Interesting and unique.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jabic (431) - Brigantine, New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2013
Ar: Mulling spices, apple cider, sweet cloves. Ap: Deep amber, clear - medium-large light tan head with good retention, leaving a solid cap of foam. T: Sweet caramel and cinnamon up front - nutmeg and dep toasted malt - rich, with a slight roast edge - medium-low bitterness, with some spice contribution - hint of orange, and some clove on the finish. P: Medium body with medium-high carbonation - full and satisfying, without being thick - finish is medium-dry. O: Delicious winter spiced ale - spices are robust, but well balanced with one another and with the very tasty malt flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Travlr (21633) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 6, 2013
Draft. Hazy amber color. Aroma of soced caramel. Taste is mostly spice. Pretty spicy stuff.

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