RATINGS: 582   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
The chill of a Colorado high-country winter calls for a beer with extra flavor and strength. Here it is. At over 7% alcohol, with a sturdy texture and rich flavors of caramel and chocolate, our holiday seasonal is the fermented equivalent of a good fire.
The ultimate winter warmer.
Available: November-December

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tsd08460 (1223) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - NOV 12, 2016
Bottle from Whole Foods Market Fair Lakes (Virginia) Aroma: caramel, chocolate, nuts, toast, Appearance: brown, off-white head Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness, Palate: medium body, creamy, average carbonation, long finish, Decent

kathouse (1930) - LAS VEGAS, Nevada, USA - NOV 8, 2016
Relatively disappointing for me. Mild spice, light body, and a finish that doesn’t stand out from the start.

BlackHaddock (7583) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUN 3, 2016
A bit out of season, but a 12oz bottle opened on 1st June 2016 while on holiday on Big Bear Lake, California. I thought this a very pleasant wintery brew and although I drank it in lovely warm sunshine it still ’hit the spot’. Brown bodies with red hue, the head an off-white colour. Subtle spice aroma and taste within the malty based brew, mild chocolate notes from the semi-sweet molasses and definitely a fireside beer more than a sunshine brew.

trapped (3484) - New York, TURKEY - MAR 24, 2016
Draught @ Albion. Reddish brown with small foamy beige head, very faint caramel aroma, medium carbonation, sweetish caramel malt taste, faintly spicy, medium spicy finish. Not bad, not great either.

Rperez (265) - Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2016
I live in florida so winters are always mild, but this beer packs a punch, strong buzz ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

J_man (1022) - Tustin, California, USA - FEB 4, 2016
Nice malty winter warmer aroma with baking spice notes. Beautiful crystal clear copper/bronze color with a thin but persistent eggshell head. Roasted and toasty brown malt flavors with a nice alcohol bite even though it’s not a strong ale. Some dark caramel and brown sugar notes. The body is a bit thin. There’s a bit of earthy bitterness in the back and compliments the sweetness. Overall a very nice Christmas ale which I should give another try next year before Christmas rather than 2 months after it.

slowrunner77 (12594) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JAN 10, 2016
This strong amber tries to be hoppy and malty at the same time and just ends up being abrasive. Bitter and a touch chocolatey sweet, a little alcoholic.

JSigsbach (11) - Chicago, USA - JAN 9, 2016
Not coming back for this one. Only thing that makes this a Christmas offering is the label. Appearance: Brown bottle; Direct pour Sam Adams tulip. Amber with orange/ pumpkin tones reminiscent of fall offerings. Aroma: Very hoppy, very citrusy. Mouthfeel: Full bodied but a little fizzy Aftertaste: Citrusy, slightly hot/boozy with bitter finish; NO "caramel" or "chocolate" tones as advertised and not sure if this is label mind trick Overall: Well made but nothing at all special as a holiday offering and a little disapointing from a fine brewery. Only thing remeniscent of a "good fire" is the hot imbalance.

Derek881 (1272) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 7, 2016
Poured from the bottle into a pint glass to drink. The beer had a clear amber-caramel color with a modest foamy white head that had shorter retention and slighter cling and lacing. Its aroma featured a malty blend of caramel and chocolate, along with some fig notes and spices. The taste featured notes of caramel and dark fruits along with some sugars, molasses, and a touch of alcohol. The beer had an average-thickness with a somewhat drying effect, ample carbonation, and a touch of alcohol. A bit rough around the edges overall, and could use some refining.

CardsPackHawks (173) - South Elgin, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2015
Got a 6 pack as a Christmas gift. Not a huge fan of darker beers, but this us not that bad. Brown in color, hints of chocolate, cherry and spice. A beer for the season, but not for me beyond that.

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