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RATINGS: 233   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 21   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
This beerís 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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drfabulous (5097) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 14, 2012
12 ounce bottle. Sweet with honey. Nutmeg is there as are some other spices. Bit of caramel and toffee as well. Solid for the style. Not too spicy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mambossa (150) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUN 29, 2015
Christmas in July release, pour from bottle to tulip. Deep maroon/ruby with lasting head. Aroma of holiday spices, nutmeg, cinnamon, sweet malt. Flavor is decently spiced with soothing malt presence. Medium, very borderline light body. Good, but I would like to see how the Great Lakes Xmas matches up this year.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BVery (8222) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - FEB 17, 2015
Bottle. Reddish amber pour with a minor head. Lots and lots of holiday spices in the aroma and taste. Slightly better aroma than taste. Good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Slipstream (2255) - USA - FEB 12, 2015
A dark amber pour and a fun label. I tasted clove, cinnamon, and a little yeast in the finish. It was a tad thin on the palate and the aroma was a little bland. Pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mansquito (4356) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JAN 10, 2015
Arts and Crafts Beer Parlor, NYC tap: Pours amber with an off-white head. Aroma is caramel, dark fruit, and loads of spices. Taste is sweet and malty with a lot of spicy notes. It is not all that interesting. I wasnít a huge fan.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chucklemation (880) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - JAN 5, 2015
Pours a dark ruby with a light white head. Aroma is honey and several spices, with nutmeg as the standout. Flavor is similar, though the spices come out more fully than the honey. Sweet, though not too sweet. Bodyís a touch thin. Quite good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RRistow12 (477) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2015
Tasted from draft. Pours a nice ruby color with white head. Aroma is very spicy. Cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. Taste similar to the nose. Nice spice flavor with some honey and caramel sweetness. Moderate to heavy sweetness with minimal bitterness. Overall one of the better spiced Xmas ales. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Block (1774) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 30, 2014
I got some spice in this one. Upfront spice which mellows to a malt backbone. Cinnamon stays around throughout. Finish is dry, a little bit of alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bulk_Carrier (2889) - Final Resting Place, Vermont, USA - DEC 29, 2014
Thanks Tracy for sending! Two bottles, one was poured into a snifter and the other was poured into a pint glass. There wasnít any difference between the two glasses. The appearance was a nice looking hazy amber to orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute leaving some light lacing sticking and then sliding down into the beer. The smell had a wonderful sweet honey up front and as it warmed thereís a nice spicy ginger with a light cinnamon. Light vanilla comes in from behind to balance. The taste took all of those previously mentioned flavors and combined them with a nice allocation of nutmeg. Light caramel comes out in the taste as well. The aftertaste was light and semi - sweet through the honey that ends up leading to a sticky sweet honey finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was somewhat subdued but still was good for the most part. Thereís a nice smooth honey rolling over my tongue. Overall, I say this was a wonderful Winter Warmer that provides a nice session and could go well with itís respected foods.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rondphoto (3042) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - DEC 25, 2014
bottle @ Jungle Jimís / Eastgate OH --- Dark amber brown color, foamy off-white head, bands of lace. Taste is malt that adds spice early, with hops joining in on the swallow. A decent Spiced brew, but not memorable.

   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.

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