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RATINGS: 222   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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.


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3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrettTaylor (451) - Radford, Virginia, USA - DEC 15, 2013
Poured as part of the local shopís weekly beer tasting, so this is based on a 1 oz sample. Thereís a lot of clove on the nose and the palate. You can also smell cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Itís fairly well-balanced except for the clove which at least in this taste was slightly overbearing the other flavors and aromas.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DiarmaidBHK (3347) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2014
Can from unknown place. Pours brown with a thin head. Has some small lacing in the glass. Lots of ginger and nutmeg on the nose. Big nutmeg and spices on the tongue as well. Has a bit of linger on the finish which seems appropriate for this type of beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tectactoe (1443) - Michigan, USA - FEB 25, 2014
[Can / 2013] Thanks, Chris! Muddled, sunburnt sienna & rusty orange with a lazy, swampy beige layer of film on top. Aroma has characteristic pumpkin pie spices, the most notable being cinnamon & ginger with more faint notes of tart apple & toasty pie crust. Taste is spiced but also sweet with lots more of that sugary pie-crust flavor showing up right away. Notes of toasted sugar cookie, cinnamon, ginger, & finishing clove with a light metallic sharpness leading to a dry finish. Wasnít expecting much from this one, but itís not a bad pumpkin/holiday beer at all!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (4409) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - FEB 8, 2014
Split a 750ml with some co-workers. This one poured with a pretty large, pillowy, fluffy white head. Once that settled, the body was visibly a clear copper color. Aroma was a pretty big spice bomb, lots of ginger, clove and allspice especially. Some nutmeg in there. Light malts make up most of the body but the spice overpowers. Perhaps a bit heavy on the spices but otherwise pretty good.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Theydon_Bois (7904) - The íSham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 29, 2014
Can at the pre Bamberg tune up in the Sham, from Wegmans Downington, 23/01/14. Lightly hazed orange amber with a moderate off white covering. Nose is bitter orange, spice, ginger, fruit cake, cinabonn rolls. Taste comprises Mc Vities Jamaica Ginger Cake, bitter orange, nutmeg, fruit cake mix, spices, carroway seed. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying finish. So so.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
madmitch76 (14285) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2014
23rd January 2014
Pre Bamberg bash tasting at Colinís house with Mr Bois and James. Thanks Colin. Hazy amber beer, small pale cream coloured head. Light crispy palate, mild minerals. Smooth dry malt, sweetish caramel. Mild cinnamon led spices. Light dry finish. Fine.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BillKismet (3321) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 10, 2014
Lovely mahogany scotch-colored ale with a ring of head. Nice Christmas spice nose. Gentle cinnamon stick and touches of powdered ginger. Spiced cola body with moderate cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg flavors. Medium-bodied, and on the dry side. Not bad at all.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maxbier (141) - Maryland, USA - JAN 2, 2014
Pours red-brown with lite tan head. Aroma of cloves, allspice and hint of cinnamon. Medium bodied with subtle spice notes and a hint of hop flavors. Nice malty middle. Lingering hop and cinnamon finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lamas (1339) - 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 isnít nearly as big as it needs to be for the style.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
60minuteman (694) - Frazer, 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


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