RATINGS: 589   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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - DEC 3, 2005
12oz - Aroma is slighty hoppy, sweet malt, and a touch of cinnamon. Pours a garnet with a small head that dissapates to leave great lacing. Flavor is carmel malt followed by some hops and not much spice. Palate is thin and watery. Not bad, but nothing special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Silphium (3193) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - NOV 26, 2005
I tried this a few years ago and remember a somewhat thin, but tasty and cola-like, beer. The second time around, I realized this is actually a hop-driven beast, with a toasty, spicy body barely containing the big piney (Glacier?) hops. As the beer warmed there were hints of anise on the palate. Not exactly what I remembered, but not terrible. Nonetheless, I was a bit disappointed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - NOV 19, 2005
Pours amber with a small off-white head. Strong pine scent reminescent of a christmas tree. Malty flavor with earthy and pine hops and some ginger to accent. I could see drinking this with the family while opening gifts on X-mas day.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2005
Appearance is brown, wiht a skim of creamy white head. Aroma is malty, hint of hops, citrusy, not spicy. Smooth palate, but not creamy. Very malty flavory, warming alcohol, hops on the finish. Not bitter. Very good, great use of hops in this brew. Not bitter at all, but great hints of it. Good hop burp, if you like that sort of thing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 15, 2005
This has a really nice pour, a clear reddish-brown body with a creamy, beautiful lacing, tan head. The aroma is a rich malt with plums, alcohol, some ginger, and other spices. A bit thin in the mouth, its got a malty, rooty, gingery, peppery, alcoholic flavor that follows with a sweet, warm finish. Not remarkable, but eminantly drinkable.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrBunn (2764) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2005 Beautiful dark brownish-red pour with a massive cream head... maybe a little bit too frothy, but thats splitting hairs. Great lacing. Aroma is a bit weak, of malt, maybe a bit of spice and very mild fruit/hops. The only flaw in the taste is that it comes off as a bit watery about midway through its development on the palate. I would agree with heemers detection of a tea-like flavor, there is certainly something tangy in there. Also flavors of christmas cheer... There is a slight warmth to it, but it still retains its crispness. Grassy aftertaste with a ginger/cinnamon spicing comes and goes. Not bad, but Id like a little more complexity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
heemer77 (5317) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - NOV 12, 2005
Dark amber body with a thin white head. The aroma was fresh with a little bit of oranges. There is also some iced tea. Reminds me a little bit of an Oktoberfest. The taste has some sweet ginger bread with some light cinnamon in the finish. There is also a little bit of tea and grass. This has a lot of carbonation. There is a slightly metallic hint to the finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SudsMcDuff (8178) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - SEP 6, 2005
christmas in summer, pours a dark murky brown, some minimal head with great lacing..Has a port plum smell, faint twisted chocolate..not to bad of a beer, might be nice cellared.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BeerRules (243) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 26, 2005
Big malt nose, did they spice this beer at all, it sure smells like they did. Taste is very alcoholic, sweet, and nutty. Mouthfeel is medium and has low carbonation. This big alcohol taste is a problem for me, but other than that, this beer aint bad.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pailhead (6525) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - AUG 7, 2005
Bottle: Aroma is very light. Light caramel, light chocolate, and light nuttiness. Pours a dark cloudy brown with a light orange coming thru when held to the light. Insignificant off-white head that is instantly a ring. Lightly sweet up front with light caramel and fruit. Nuttiness in the background. Fruitiness turns a little sour in the finish with some acidity along with some spice and the slightest hint of flowery bitterness. As it warms, it seems to gain more of a sweet fruitiness and the sourness in the finish decreases. Not the greatest Christmas Ale but still decent.

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