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RATINGS: 400   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%

”double spiced ale brewed in the tradition of Swedish Glögg”

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
vtafro (5087) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - NOV 29, 2012
Draft. Amber brown pour with tan head. Spices, cinnamon and sweet candy like aroma. Gingerbread, cinnamon and spice flavors. Definitely festive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadRobin (2437) - Silver Spring, USA - NOV 28, 2012
On tap half pint at Gilly's Craft Beer & Wine in Rockville, MD. Clear walnut brown with small khaki head and excellent lacing. Aroma of cinnamon, cherries, raisins, nutmeg, allspice, toffee, caramel and brown sugar. Taste of toffee, caramel, spices, brown sugar and floral hops. Medium/full body and medium carbonation. A classic Christmas spiced beer. Not overdone. Good balance. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ben4321 (4881) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 28, 2012
Location: 12 oz bottle from Oak Tree, 11/28/12

Aroma: The nose is mostly winter spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, etc), with some malty and fruity notes
Appearance: It pours a mostly clear dark reddish color with minimal head and absolutely no lace
Flavor: Tastes a lot like the nose, with a strong spice component, is lightly sweet and lightly bitter
Palate: The body is medium-plus, with an average-to-lively carbonation, and a dry, spicy finish
Overall Impression: I found this one to be a solid, spice forward, offering. It wasn’t an absolute favorite of mine, but it had some nice components. From a categorization standpoint, I personally would probably call it a Spice/Herb/Veggie, but I guess you can’t go wrong sticking something in the catch-all American Strong category.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
halfonit (1243) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 28, 2012
On tap at Battleship. Clear with a nice amber color and a thick head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is full of the typical holiday spices: nutmeg and cinnamon. But also has some pine, yeast, and malts there as well. Medium bodied. Flavors that come through are malts, nutmeg, all spice, and hops. Leaves a nutmeg and all spice finish. Not too bad, but not too good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (5667) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Smells pretty decent. A big improvement from the Great Lakes Christmas I had earlier. Aromas of ginger and lots of clove. Pours red clear with a little lacing. Palate is watery but spices are well integrated. Taste isnt overly sweet. Works well. On tap at Blue Monk.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Thewade (340) - USA - NOV 27, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2013 Nice brew. Not too spicey. Well balanced with figs and orange peels. A little more subtle and smoothe compared to other Christmas brews I’ve had.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chickenflea (350) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2012
I love a good malty winter warmer, and this one is a beaut! The 2XMas pours a dark ruby red color with a very small beige head. The head leaves some nice lacing around the glass. The nose is full of spices, including cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, allspice and a hint of ginger. This is one of the most aromatic beers I have ever encountered. The flavor is syrupy sweet. Just a touch of hops makes this beer very drinkable. Smooth texture and medium body. A rather dry finish for the style kept me ready for every sip. Another quality beer from one of my favorite breweries.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
matthewjk (1002) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 26, 2012
Whoa Hohoho my fellow ratetarians...I will tell you straight up that I think most Christmas ales are not appealing to me; however, S.T. is so damn good at what they do, they blew this one up! My sense of smell is terrible, but even I can detect the fantastic fruit cake aromas of this thing. The beautiful mahogany color will catch your eye. Your nose and tongue will like this one; all the seasonal aromas and flavors are accounted for. Finish has a little alcohol on it, but I like it. The best beer in "Christamas Ale" category by far.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OnWisconsin (132) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 26, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2013 Color is an incredible ruby red with a white head that disipates very quickly. Aroma is out of this world with tons of ginger and some cinamon. I was so hopeful after the aroma but the taste just wasn’t there for me. It was overpowering in cinamon. I could not figure if it was the carbonation or the spices that was sharp on my tongue. Mouthfeel is very light with very high carbonation. Hoping the taste improves as it warms.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
swoopjones (7008) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 26, 2012
#3800. Draft at blue monk. Flat looking cola colored pour. Aroma of cinnamon and allspice. Christmas flavors, cinnamon, allspice, candied oranges. Fuller mouthfeel. Decent.

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