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RATINGS: 213   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 21   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
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This beer’s name sums up the ideas of bringing the best together to celebrate. It is filled with seasonal flavors from generous amounts of toasted and caramel malts, mixed with equally generous amounts of honey, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. We feel it is the perfect libation, filled with flavors of the season.


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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sfontain (795) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2013
12 oz bottle. Deep brown-garnet pour with a half-finger, creamy off-white head. The aroma bottled Christmas: Nutmeg, cinnamon, caramel, honey, but not overly thick or sweet. Flavor has more cinnamon and nutmeg, toffee. Medium body, somewhat frothy granular carbonation; medium-heavy sticky. Beat the pants off Great Lakes Christmas and also more appropriate for the holidays.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sturmthis (370) - Ohio, USA - JUL 26, 2014
On draft. Cooper color with little off white head. Cinnamon and nut meg aroma. The taste is similar and ends slightly bitter. Lovely beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
puboflyons (2077) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 24, 2014
From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Received in trade from a non-RB member. The pour is a standard looking amber tone with a standard looking off-white head. But then the aroma really jumps out at me with is ginger and Rosemary characteristics. Toasted malts too. The body is medium. The taste has the same herbal quality as the aroma with a decent malt note and a thin finish. But I enjoyed it altogether.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBear11D (216) - Michigan, USA - MAY 22, 2014
The 12 Dogs of Christmas pours a fairly clear rusty amber with a small beige head that doesn’t last long. the aroma is overflowing with various spices. I can pick up cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger to go with caramel and bread. The flavor is caramel initially with ginger and nutmeg also present and cinnamon shines in the end. Overall this is a decent brew.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rumproasts (2734) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 7, 2014
bottle. Brown with small head. Sweet with lots of holiday spicing -- perhaps a bit too much. A little syrupy and overdone.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
patrick767 (3536) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 5, 2014
bottle - This dark brew has a lingering off-white head and an aroma of caramel and dark fruit. It tastes of sweet caramel malt and spices with a roasted finish and a little chocolate. It’s full bodied and pretty good.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
brummbar (2) - Virginia, USA - FEB 10, 2014 does not count
Aroma: lovely spice, cinamon and ginger Appearance:drank it from a lovely bottle Taste: heaven, my favorite xmas ale, i love the use of ginger to bring it all together perfectly Palate:washes over the tongue in waves of soice goodness Overall: where have you been all my life 12 dogs of xmas. Glad i have a few bottles left to get me through this winter

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerwarlock (13) - Trafford, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2014
Pours amber brown. Nose is all honey and obviously some winter spice. Taste is lots of honey with a large dose of ginger. Mouth is medium. Overall an excellent winter ale. 8.3abv yet very drinkable. Definitely one of my faves. Sorry Great Lakes!!!! I still love your beers!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
YodaHop (1) - Herndon, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2014 does not count
One of my favorite Xmas ales because of the copious, but nicely balanced use of ginger. My sister brought me a six pack for xmas and I was pleasantly surprised. Very drinkable, you dont realize your drinking an 8.3 percent beer. I need a road trip to Akron to try on tap.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcos (1522) - Maryland, USA - JAN 14, 2014
Bottle from Greg on January 11th, 2013. Malty, kinda sweet, a bit too many spices that made it a bit sweet.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
violetness (2) - - JAN 10, 2014 does not count
Love this Christmas ale. It’s a mild beer with a pressing spice flavor on the finish. Gong down its smooth and light, perfect for the holiday get togethers and for doing by the fire.


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