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RATINGS: 224   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   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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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
pottygok (486) - Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2012
Aroma: Lots of spices--ginger, cinnamon, etc.--with hints of honey and caramel. Appearance: Clear dark amber with a thick, tan head. Taste: Light sweetness with a light bitterness in the finish. Very well balanced. Palate: Light-medium body, slick texture, average carbonation, sweet finish. Overall: I’m not blown away, but I’m not disappointed. It’s not as heavy or overspiced as a lot of other holiday beers, so that’s good, but it also seems a little underdeveloped, flavorwise.


2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
burger1124 (5) - - DEC 17, 2014 does not count
Not a bad Christmas Ale. A little bit wanting in areas where Great Lakes really shines through. Could have used a bit more sweetness to balance out some of the more bitter notes.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
nathan30533 (681) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2014
This one is a little too much holiday for me. The cinnamon and nutmeg really shine through.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
weihenweizen (1868) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - DEC 10, 2014
Clear copper with medium off-white head. Aroma is cinnamon, medium body, low carbonation, and some small-bubble lacing. Taste is cinnamon and ginger. I prefer Great Lakes Christmas Ale.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SG111 (186) - - DEC 9, 2014
Bottled. Pours a clear brown/copper color. Thin beige head. Aroma is cinnamon, honey, and surprisingly the ginger actually comes through, and a little bit of nutmeg. Pretty much as advertised. Really nice. Flavor is cinnamon, little bit of ginger. Some honey sweetness. Pretty much no bitterness. Pretty awesome Christmas-y flavor.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chinchill (2128) - South Carolina, USA - DEC 8, 2014
12 oz bottle served in a Belgian snifter. Feel: medium-full body with medium-light carbonation. A tiny bite on the tongue, presumably from the 8.3% alcohol. Pleasant, spicy aroma but it suggests that there may be too much spicing in the flavor. Tasting confirms this, with the blame largely on nutmeg. Some medium and dark malt with a hint of toffee does show behind the spicing. O: a good winter seasonal, but a bit too much nutmeg for me.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OsuStu (79) - - DEC 7, 2014
12 oz bottle. Amber with an off white head. Malty, caramel aroma...cinnamon and other Christmas spices. Honey, nutmeg, cinnamon, light caramel malts, clove, brown sugar. Just a bit watery.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hoppopotomous (14) - youngstown, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2014 I really like this seasonal..nice spice notes..sweet malty goodness..one of my favorite christmas brews

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtroyer99 (10) - Twinsburg, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2014
Smell is ginger and nutmeg. Dark copper. Major cinnamon with alcohol taste. Nice finish. Good Christmas ale.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blipp (6332) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - NOV 19, 2014
Draft. Pours amber with an off white head. Moderate sweet malts, mild but noticeable spiciness, some bready notes, and low bitterness. A pretty straightforward "Christmas" ale.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alliance100 (799) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 15, 2014
12oz bottle - pours a medium brownish amber color . Strong holiday spice aroma . Lots of cinnamon and nutmeg flavors . Faint sweet finish . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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