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RATINGS: 11   MEAN: 3.58/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 288   ABV: 9.6%
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It’s that time of year again! A traditional dark ale with ruby red highlights brewed with spicy hints of cinnamon, orange peel, ginger, clove, vanilla and juniper berry. High alcohol, so Happy Christmas to all & to all a GOOD NIGHT!


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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OhHoppyDay (9) - USA - MAR 1, 2011
Willoughby Brewing Company .: Wenceslas Christmas Ale :. Pint Tap APPEARANCE: A deep dark ruby red, nearly black without serious light behind it. Thick off white head with really nice clinging lacing. AROMA: Malty notes with hints of orange and spice, a sweet smell. FLAVOR: This beer starts off with a solid malt backbone that quickly gives way to hints of orange, some honey sweetness and finishes off with noticeable spice, mostly cinnamon and some nutmeg. PALATE: A medium bodied beer unbelievably smooth and clean with a spicy almost dry finish. Very flavorful and just a touch sweet, with a well hidden alcohol heat. NOTES: I could pound growlers of this, but the 7.0% ABV would surely catch up quick. There is so little alcohol heat, what I did pick up was mild and only really showed once the beer started to warm up a bit. I think that this beer really opens up with a little warmth.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nephilium (1356) - Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2013
Aroma of mixed spices, I’m able to pick out the cinnamon and clove. Pours a clear red with a nice off white head. Slightly sweet taste, very malt forward. The spices come together quickly after the first taste and linger on the palate for a while. A nice addition to the other Ohio Christmas spiced ales.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
merc7186 (2090) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - OCT 19, 2013
A: Deep Ruby Hue, Passes Through Very Little light, Off White Head, Some Lacing S: Lots of Cinnamon, Nutmeg T: Cinnamon, Nutmeg M: Good Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Spicey, Dry Overall, I dont know why Cleveland has a heart on for Strong Cinnamon/Nutmeg Xmas Ales, but this fits the profile but is way too strong in spice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Robbievegas (230) - Las vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 15, 2012
Tried this beer on tap at the GABF in Denver, CO. Aroma of Cinnamon, ginger and caramel. Sweet malty flavor with caramel, ginger and cinnamon notes, enjoy at 55 degrees for optimum flavor. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (10660) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 1, 2011
Draft sample at CBW 2011. Poured hazy reddish brown color with an average fizzy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate complex allspice sweet aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture and flat carbonation. Medium spicy balanced flavor with a medium sweet spicy finish of moderate duration. This is complex seasonal brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JaBier (4887) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 26, 2011
Sample at Broney’s during OBW on 7/13/11. Hazy copper pour with a thin beige head. Aroma of cinnamon, ginger and caramel. Malty flavor with cinnamon, caramel and ginger before a semi-dry finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (8139) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 24, 2011
Sample at Broney’s as part of Ohio Brew Week. The beer is a reddish-brown color with a medium off-white head that dissipates steadily. Stringy lacing on the glass. Aroma of sweet spices and bready malt. Light to medium body with flavors of sweet malt, ginger, orange rinds and vanilla. The finish is malty with a sweetly spiced aftertaste. Decent overall.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (2975) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2008
On tap at brewpub **Summary** - With Willoughby back to their normal lineup of beers the pickings were very slim. If this trend of few interesting taps keeps up I can see myself driving up there less. This was the most interesting option and a halfway decent beer by the time I got to the end of the pint. **Aroma / Appearance** - There was not much headspace available as the glass came filled almost to the brim. The liquid inside was a deep maroon and fluid. Spiced plum, dark malts, cherry, and tea leaf melded into a clean blend of experiences that was almost like spiced cider. **Flavor / Palate** - Medicinal taste ruin what I was hoping would be a nice time. Cherry pie and dark chocolate are the most obvious aspects. The ABV is hidden well; this goes down very smoothly. Decent but not amazing this is a solid alternative from a respectable brewpub.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheOrange (479) - Kent, Ohio, USA - DEC 14, 2005
Very pretty deep brown body. The head was there when I go the beer, I blinked and it was gone. Very festive aromoa, I could definately smell nutmeg and clove. This a pretty well bodied beer. the nose has enough hop to keep you interested with the clove and other flavors to let you know it is for this time of year. then finish is a little thinner then the I had expected. Not much after taste.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hershiser2 (1227) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 29, 2004
Deep brown, almost no head, but had hints of color inside the browns. GREAT smell; a very well balanced and strong clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon. This is the best smelling spiced beer I have smelled thus far. It really is a great smelling brew-- unfortunately, it won't be around again for ahile. MMMM... taste is nice... take all of the smells and combine them.... A bit thin in the mouth, but not BAD. Most of Willoughby's beer's have a thinner mouthfeel- you get used to them (for the most part) I would drink this all night long, except there were a few other "new" brews I wanted to sample.


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