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RATINGS: 216   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 21   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
queenholly (3006) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - NOV 11, 2012
Bottle. Ginger, nutmeg, and molasses malt aroma. Smells just like ginger bread. Hazy copper amber with a moderate tan head. Strong cardamom, ginger, and nutmeg flavor, and a touch of molasses. Medium body, soft carbonation. Cardamom was a little overpowering. Itís a spice better used with a light hand.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blipp (6246) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alliance100 (775) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Floback (527) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - NOV 14, 2014
Six pack of 12 oz. bottles from Payless Liquors in Greenwood, IN. Pours a fizzy amber/brown body with a sizeable off-white head with good retention. Nose of spices and malts. The flavor is spot-on with the aroma: cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, allspice, some soapy horse-blanket yeast up front. Medium body and medium carbonation. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
UrbanCaveman (54) - Ohio, USA - NOV 13, 2014
12 oz bottle, poured into a shaker pint at approximately 45 degrees F. A: Pours a clear copper color, almost exactly the hue of a penny thatís been handled for 3-4 years. Forms a pale white head, which fades swiftly into a patchy cap with ring. So many bubbles stream nonstop from the bottom of the glass - itís not unlike hipsters heading for a record store on Free Vinyl Day. S: Spice dominates the aroma, cinnamon, ginger, and allspice, blending with the underlying sweetness to smell something akin to a gingersnap cookie with a snickerdoodle dusting. T: As with the scent, spice also dominates the taste profile. Cinnamon, ginger, and allspice grab hold of the tastebuds, and they donít relinquish that hold anywhere in the tasting process. Thereís a sweet caramel malt backbone underlying the spices, though the spice is clearly the star. As it warms, some other spices join in the chorus, ranging from cloves to a white pepper. Overall, however, this is a liquid ginger snap with cinnamon, and not much in the way of bitter or dryness. The finish does leave a lingering leafy sort of bitterness, though that is the only vaguely hoppy flavor I can identify. M: Light in body and sharply carbonated, this goes down quickly and effortlessly. Itís not a thick, warming brew. O: Not a bad winter warmer, well spiced and refreshingly lacking in the hop arena. Just malt and spices, with some slight bitterness to the aftertaste. I am a fan.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sturmthis (558) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
puboflyons (2191) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBear11D (272) - Michigan, USA - MAY 22, 2014
The 12 Dogs of Christmas pours a fairly clear rusty amber with a small beige head that doesnít 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rumproasts (3204) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
patrick767 (3586) - 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. Itís full bodied and pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
brummbar (3) - 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

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