RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 3.56/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
A spiced English Winter-warmer. Traditional holiday spices are added in the kettle and fermenter after fermentation is complete.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2016
On tap at Craft 31 in Williamsburg during a much needed surprise afternoon out with the wife. Poured medium amber brown. Aroma was caramel accented malts, a bit of nutmeg and ginger, faint pepsin. Flavor matches, very pleasantly surprised that the focus here was on the excellent base English Strong as opposed to the spicing, which lingered in the background and provided additional interest as opposed to overpowering. Delightfully well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (7660) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - AUG 20, 2016
I don’t know what I was thinking drinking this at the start of August when it was nearly 100 degrees outside. But whatever. This beer instantly made me think of Anchor’s Our Special Ale. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Aroma was holiday spices, light eggnog with notes of mint, coffee. Light gingerbread. Flavor was similar - dark brown sugar notes in this one too. Interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (13778) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 30, 2016
22oz bottle, thanks Immy. Medium beige head atop clear chestnut brown body. Aroma is modertely sweet, caramel, nutmeg, light cherry. Taste is moderately sweet, molasses, nutmeg/allspice, some caramel, light cherry. Medium body, light stickiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nearbeer (5145) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 18, 2016
650 ml. 11-25-2015 batch code, 7.3% abv not the 8% currently indicated here. Pour is clear chestnut with a lasting disc of foam. Aroma is clove, cinnamon, toasted pecan with brown sugar and a touch of banana. Flavors of clove, dark cherry, banana, caramel and nutmeg. Long finish has drying touches of walnut and cured tobacco. Medium body has a nearly smooth, medium carbonation and a surprisingly nice balance given all the sweet and spice dessert flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hershiser2 (2609) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 12, 2016
2015 version 7.3% abv. Bomber from Wine Warehouse. Pours hazy brown, almost no head. Smells of dark fruits, caramel, cinnamon, raisin, cherry... actually, let’s stop right there. This smells like a fruitcake. Taste is less pleasing than the aroma. Lager, bubblegum, cinnamon, nutmeg, dark fruit. Eh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tsd08460 (993) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - JAN 22, 2016
Aroma: cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel Appearance: clear amber with a tan head Taste: holiday spices, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, Palate: medium body, slick feel, average carbonation, long finish, Tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
nimbleprop (7867) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 18, 2016
On tap at Fireworks Arlington pours a clear, garnet amber with some sticky, off white head. Nose has raisins, dried cherries, brown sugar, fruit cake, light spice, light boozy esters. Flavor follows right along, malt, brown sugar, raisin, plum, dried cherry, date, cake, spice, a little bubblegum. Finishes full bodied, oily and a little boozy. This is the kinda thing I usually don’t like, but I was really digging this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Iphonephan (6612) - McLean/Jackson Hole, Virginia, USA - DEC 28, 2015
From a 22 oz bottle. Pours a clear mahogany with an ecru head. Aroma of Christmas spices. Flavors of spice and toffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrettTaylor (749) - Radford, Virginia, USA - DEC 20, 2015
Poured from growler into snifter. Pours a dark orange with undertones of brown, one finger head that dissipates some but is pretty resilient and never goes completely away. Aroma is full of cinnamon, graham cracker, ginger, and hints of bourbon notes. Taste follows suit, but the ginger is more dominant than I’d prefer; with toffee and nutmeg round the late tastes out. Thick oily mouthfeel with medium finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (23024) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 18, 2015
Tenth rating of this bad boy. Draft at World of Beer. Hazy golden brown color, tan head. Aroma of cocoa and subtle spice. Taste is more spice forward, mostly nutmeg and cinnamon with warming alcohol. Good name for a Christmas beer.

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