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RATINGS: 237   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   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.

17thfloor's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
17thfloor (2442) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2012
Bottle from??? who knows it has a grand rapids sticker on it and I donít remember the last time I was there. Pours a dull copper with a big billowing head. Nice spicy aroma, spice/fruit cake. Flavor follows very much like a spiced fruit cake, bit of alcohol and bitter bite. A bit too much spice though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jsporrer (216) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2015
Poured from a bottle. Clear dark caramel brown color with a thin tan ring. Nice aroma of fall spices that isnít too strong but noticeable. Body is very thin almost to the point of being watered down. Taste is very smooth with caramel, toffee, cinnamon and semi-sweet. No harshness or alcohol burn. Flavors are not very prominent but more on the subtle side. I expected it to be a little more bold but overall it isnít bad. Just a bit weak for a winter warmer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Evolutionary (418) - Ohio, USA - NOV 10, 2015
Tap at mellow new Albany. Pour is copper with tan lingering head. Nose is floral and sweet. Very smooth and bit of tart hidden there. Dark fruit esters are ok. Wouldn't run to again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ryecatcher (1108) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2015
Bottle. Jump start on the Yuletide season a few weeks early... this has been sitting here looking at me since I returned from my most recent trip to the 216 to see my girl... couldnít wait any longer to try it. Deep coppery amber pour, substantial creamy white head with outstanding retention and lace. Nose is pie spice, toasty malts, caramel. Mouth is medium bodied and mildly sweet, dried fruit, caramel, spices, toasted bread. Dropping points for being a bit watery and a slightly medicinal finish. Christmas Ale is still the reigning king of the I-271 corridor. But this is better than many íholidayí beers Iíve had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fritz123 (1472) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - NOV 1, 2015
Pours a deep brown with a light tan head in a snifter. Aroma is big spices with cinnamon, nutmeg, anise, toffe, and dark sweet bread dough. Taste is up front chocolate, cinnamon, nutmeg, anise, and bread dough. Spiced finish. Medium body, mild carb. Certainly a holiday beer. Want to try the BA version.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mambossa (174) - 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 (8684) - 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 (2278) - 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 (4455) - 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 (919) - 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 (503) - 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

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