RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.3/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
Our winter seasonal, Tinsel Holiday Spiced Ale, is classic like a Dickens Novel wrapped up with the warmth and spirit that only the holidays can bring. This American Amber Ale has rich caramel and toffee flavors, combined with holiday spices and Fresh From Florida wildflower honey. Just one sip will warm even the "Scroogiest" of souls. Happy Holidays, from our house to yours!

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (14106) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 15, 2013
Draft. Medium beige head atop clear garnet body, nice lacing. Aroma is medium sweet, caramel, cinnamon, light ginger, cherry. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, some cherry, light ginger, cinnamon. Medium body, low carbonation, light stickiness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
burg326 (5463) - Florida, USA - JAN 9, 2016
Poured deep amber brown color with a Roman of spice and bread with some toast. Flavors really all spice and potpourri not good blah... horrible herb beer not my style blah.....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
dmac (6103) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JAN 3, 2016
12oz can from jcwatts, cheers John. Poured an okay looking murky light amber-crimson brown with a foamy mostly white head. Aroma is like a vanilla muffin with some cocoa beans sitting near by and open cinnamon and nutmeg spice on the counter. Flavor is more spicy but not necessarily in a good way, all-spice and vanilla are dominant. Medium-full body, stronger carbination, average duration on the aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
puboflyons (3365) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 2, 2016
From the can received in trade from jcwattsrugger. Thanks JC. It poured a lot darker than I expected. Deep amber in color with a lasting tan head. Subtle aromas of roasted toffee malts, light spice, and even a hint of fig. The body is light to medium but also on the acidic side. The spices really kick in more in the taste and become the beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TXBadger (2787) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2015
Pours a reddish brown color with ivory colored head. Christmas spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, and some roasted malt on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with spices and sweetness.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
fluffy (2472) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2015
Really didn't like the holiday spices in this one-probably same reason I don't like pumpkin beers either. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChadPolenz (1788) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2015
This year will be my first Christmas in Florida, so its only appropriate I review a winter warmer made here in the Sunshine State. Barley Mow Tinsel is pretty standard for the style: spicy and warm as well as flavorful and easy to drink. Not the best Christmas beer ever, but its nice.

I poured a 12oz can into a wine glass. There was no freshness date and it cost $2.39 ($0.20 per ounce).

Appearance: Deep copper/burgundy hue with a foggy body. There appears to be sediment within. Pours to a thumb-width, off-white, foamy head which laces and retains well.

Smell: Traditional holiday spices and a lightly sweet, cookie-like aroma. The nose seems to be a tad mild, though.

Taste: If you want an example of a winter warmer palette, then this beer is it. All the spicy and warming flavors you want in a cold weather beer are here for the taking: ginger, nutmeg, some cinnamon and perhaps some Allspice as well. The label indicates its brewed with honey, and there does seem to be a lingering honey flavor in the aftertaste. The malt character is fairly contained: sweet to be sure, but not cloyingly so. I dont get much in the way of caramel and toffee flavors as advertised. There is a surprisingly strong bitterness here, though. Its dry and spicy to the point where its a bit distracting. Had it not been for that character, this would be more than just a good beer.

Drinkability: Its rare that winter warmers are light in any way, shape or form and Barley Mow Tinsel is no exception. The actually mouthfeel is not that intense or viscous, though there is plenty of flavor from beginning to end. Theres also noticeable alcohol warmth from the 7.3% ABV. Its not distracting like the bitterness in the palette is, though. A beer better paired with Christmas dinner than Christmas dessert.

RATING: 7/10

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
snoworsummer (5552) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 17, 2015
Can at the Gnarly Barley. Pours hazy copper with a fizzy white head. Tastes like caramel malt, spice, light herb, citrus hops, and grapefruit. Light/medium body and carbonation. Smells like citrus hops, herbs, caramel malt, spice, and faint grapefruit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PorterPounder (7806) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2015
Tallahassee, Fl - ABC Fine Wine & Spirits - 12 oz can. Slightly hazy medium copper pour, frothy off-white head that leaves a bit of lacing. Aroma has a definite spicy bent to it with some horehound candy and cinnamon. Flavor has the same spicy profile as the aroma, Christmas spicy notes, some nutmeg, a touch of toffee, some underlying ripening vegetable funkiness. Thick enough mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aurelius (5251) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 11, 2015
Interesting, artsy can. Misty, tea-colored brew, big fluffy oaty head. Spiced, nutty malt aroma - some matchstick sulphur. Nutmeg/allspice up front, modestly sweet, nutty, big malt. Muted, perhaps implied, cinnamon. Body is lighter than the flavor might suggest. Tea, tannic notes in the finish. ABC Liquors, Betton.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rustyham (1836) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 16, 2014
7.4 prunes, caramel, black pepper. Dry red wine flavor, very rustic. Deep cola flavor and a very dry Mouthfeel

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