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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 3.19/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
Celebrating the wintry nights and lights of the season, this lightly spiced English old ale is caramel colored and malty sweet. Second generation to the traditional Winter Warmer, allspice, orange peel and ginger round out the piney aroma of crushed juniper berries.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
zoucrew102 (1008) - - DEC 8, 2012
Aroma is . Pours a light caramel color with a thin head. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
odannyob (105) - Colorado, USA - NOV 21, 2015
From a medium chilled 12 oz. can poured into a sparkling clean pint glass. A sweet smell dwells as a thin head dissipates into laced foam squiggles. The color matches the darker of the reds on the can. Ahhh, (or should I say Mmmmmm, Christmas Ale). This one’s a pretty nifty gift that should, if could, be shared with friends whom dig good ale with holidays in them.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GarrettB (1279) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 30, 2015
The day is closing on Christmas, 2013. What better time to try that Christmas Ale that’s been patiently waiting in the refrigerator? Most years I tend to stock up on holiday beers from Christmas, but I wanted to show my Colorado pride and drink something from a little closer to home. It pours from a tall Santa red can, and the beer is almost the same color as the aluminum, with a deep crimson and rosy cheeked red hue, a hypnotizing clarity, and wide columns of bubbles commuting to the underside of the head, itself a thin wreath of creamy, dirty snow colored bubbles. As I sit here with the poured brew a couple feet away I already catch hints of cinnamon and egg nog (really), nd a closer look confirms it: a heavy creamy egg nog freshness flanked by spicy clove, all-spice, and a sweet, pineapple acidity. The taste mirrors the nose with an uncanny precision, where the egg nog spices appear in the first few seconds of the taste and in the aftertaste. A heavy palate and busy carbonation help to lift this beer, which tastes heavy and almost overburdened with Christmas spices and Christmas cheer. Indeed, like Santa Clause, it’s heavy and rounded with flavor, but somehow manages to fit in the metaphorical chimney of my picky palate. It’s not an everyday beer (is Christmas every day?!) and not even a session beer (you only open presents once on Christmas Day!) but I think it is a fine beer for the holiday, and a spicy way to end a day full of paper ripping and gut stuffing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kevinator (1546) - The Colony, Texas, USA - SEP 18, 2015
Definitely Belgian in character. Mild spicy malt aroma. Caramel brown color with a small head. Heavy weight with low carbonation. Biscuit malt with holiday spices and a hint of hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dogbrick (10001) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 1, 2015
Sample at the Flatiron Park taproom. This beer is a clear copper color with a medium thin off-white head that recedes steadily to an outer ring. Short strings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of spices, citrus and malt. Medium-bodied with flavors of sweet spices, berries, toasted malt and a touch of hops. The finish is sweet with a ginger and malt aftertaste. Decent overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DenverLogan (961) - MileHi, Colorado, USA - FEB 21, 2015
Poured May 3 at the Burning Can fest. Pours copper with head and lace. Aroma of clove, rich malts. Moderate carbonation and mouthfeel. Flavors of rich malts, cardamon, rye, caramel, minerals. Overall full bodied and flavorful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dfinney23 (2391) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 8, 2015
Kind of an interesting herbal thing going on with the juniper but glad I only bought one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bill Becker (610) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - DEC 25, 2014
Best by February 21st. It pours a clear copper with a 1" head of foam...does have some nice lacing. The smell is very spicy and fruity. Some nutmeg and cinnamon, some dark fruit which is plum like. The taste is sweet, spicy, fruity, in that order. The spicy character reminds me of a Belgian Ale of some sort...now picking up cloves and a yeasty/wheaty flavour. The warmer it gets, the more complex it seems to get. Medium body and carbo. A very festive enjoyable brew in a 16 ounce can, I probably wouldn’t want to drink ’em back to back. ;^)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
scooterbub (930) - Lander, Wyoming, USA - DEC 21, 2014
Pint can. Pours an unclear copper with a thin beige head that lasts. Taste is of raisin, malt, yeast, dark fruit, nutmeg, spice and caramel. Similar aroma. Has a mostly full mouthful with a boozy finish. Easy to drink, enjoyable, but a bit overpriced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TXBadger (2077) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 6, 2014
Pours a clear reddish brown with off-white head. Spice, nutmeg, cinnamon, and some cloves; follows onto the palate. Somewhat sweet on the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ajnepple (4074) - Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2014
16 oz can from Biggie Wine & Liquor into a Guinness glass. Reddish amber appearance with a lacy, off-white head. Aroma of light peppery spice, pine, juniper berries, light citrus zest, allspice, light ginger, toffee and a touch of caramel malt. Flavor is moderately spiced with mild malty sweetness and light hop bitterness, the alcohol is hidden well. The body is a bit thinner than expected, but it’s pretty easy to drink.

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