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RATINGS: 38   MEAN: 3.22/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
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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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2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2013
The pour is a clear ruby color with a fairly small, off-white, pillowy head which is mostly diminishing. The nose is bland and boring with a gingerbread note, some orangey in there, other spicing, and some resins. The flavor is sweet and nearly cloying with flabby caramel, some clovey and cinnamon notes, very light orange peel, and a light juniper berry note that I feel I missed in the nose? The palate is syrupy, lively, more than moderate. The finish is still cloying sweet with some spicy cinnamon to balance a bit, ginger, and a lingering resinous note. Not horrible in the nose and flavor but very unpolished and unrefined. Not a drain pour but not worth trying.


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
natejgood (466) - Bozeman, Montana, USA - JAN 2, 2016
Pours a medium golden brown color. No much head. Bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass very slowly. Smells slightly sweet and a bit yeasty. Hints of dark fruit as well. Sweet and malty flavor with a bit of fruit. The spices don’t really seem to come through in this beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ogre71 (260) - Utah, USA - DEC 31, 2015
Here’s a good seasonal ale. Has plenty of sweet malty flavor not overly spiced easy drinking. Would recommend.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
travita (4754) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 26, 2015
Can. The look is reddish color, tan head, and clear. The smell is pine, spruce, herbal, spices, ok. The taste is sweet, herbal, Rosemary, spruce, decent but nothing great.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
dlihcsnatas (582) - Texas, USA - DEC 25, 2015
Brown brew with decent head and a very spicy aroma. Taste is spices such as allspice, pine, and others of a Christmas nature. OK the brew I had before this one was a complete downer but this one has rejuvenated my Christmas beer enjoyment. Only down side I see to it is the price but then again it is only Christmas once a year.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sammer (1117) - Plano, Texas, USA - DEC 25, 2015
Copper pour from can. Taste is pie spices, malt, brown sugar and a gentle hint of booze. Hell, it got me in the Christmas spirit.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
snoworsummer (4303) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 5, 2015
Draft at the brewery. Pours clear amber with a fizzy off white head. Tastes like dried fruits, light spice, and roasted malt. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like dried fruits, light spice, and roasted malt.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
odannyob (122) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GarrettB (1376) - 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.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kevinator (1828) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dogbrick (10910) - 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.


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