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RATINGS: 8   MEAN: 3.44/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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3.4
sonnycheeba (6694) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 20, 2013
Tap at Brewers Alley. Pours clear dark copper with fizzy off-white head. Aroma is caramel and bready malts, fig, pear, light spice, and faint floral notes. Flavor is light caramel and dark fruit sweetness up front that transitions to a dry, spiced finish. Medium body and carbonation.

3.4
snoworsummer (6374) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 20, 2013
Draft. Pours almost clear copper brown with a thin white head. Tastes sweet, like spiced apples and caramel, some nutmeg and cloves, some orange. Low/medium body and carbonation. Smells lightly of sweet cookies and gingerbread.

3.4
strongpieman (1651) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - JAN 20, 2013
Draft at brewpub. Overall I enjoyed this -- medium body with plenty of clove and cinnamon aroma. More flavors released with the taste. No major negatives and does improve as it warms -- let it sit for a few minutes.

3.3
Thorpe429 (5122) - , Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2011
On tap at The Brickskeller on December 9, 2010. Pours a nice ruby-copper color with a bit of haze and a good white head that lingers for a bit before settling to a thin cap and has a bit of very light lacing. The nose brings quite a bit of ginger and cinnamon, making it a tad bit over-spiced. Beyond that, there is a bit of crystal malt, but not really much else to work off of. The flavor is quite spicy, but somehow works much better than it did in the nose. There are some fairly-strong notes of cinnamon and ginger, though beyond that there are a few notes of pine that take things in a slightly-different direction with a more earthy character. The beer has a medium body and finishes a bit dry. A pretty decent brew that got better as it warmed. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 12-10-2010

3.6
BeerandBlues2 (14403) - Escondido, California, USA - DEC 12, 2010
Tap. Pours clear amber with an average, creamy beige head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, toasted, nutty), light hops (floral), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of plum, brown sugar, vanilla, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Flavor is heavy malt (bread, cookie, caramel, toasted, nutty), light hops (floral), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of plum, brown sugar, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Medium body, carbonation, and creaminess, low warmth with a sweet finish.

4.1
joeskull (1) - Maryland, USA - DEC 23, 2007 does not count
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2008 CHRISTMAS 08 GREAT last year. Good this year. It just didnt seem like it had that same flavor pop last as last year. I did manage to make short work of the growler so maybe I just remember it being better last year. CHRISTMAS 07 Good last year. GREAT this year. Worthy of a growler. Sippin one NOW! You smell the ginger before you taste the beer. 7% doesn’t hurt thing a bit either.

3.6
Derek881 (1272) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2007
Had a pint on tap at the brewpub in December of 2007. The aroma was earthy and spicy with cinnamon and gingerbread-like scents. Flavor was sweet and spicy, with a bittering effect for balance. The beer had a dark complexion with a foamy off-white head, colors of dark brown and ruby red. Wetter beer with ample carbonation and a nice, spicy kick. A rare winter selection, with a good performance; perfect for winter.

3.9
CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 2, 2007
On tap at the brewpub on 1/19/07: Pours a transparent dark copper mahogany with a wispy-lacing light tan head. Sweet cinnamon, ginger and dark caramely malty aroma. Body starts sweet and malty with a nice, earthy spice balance with some cinnamon sugar flavor. A very nice spiced winter ale.

3.4
hopscotch (11485) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 10, 2007
Draft... Clear, copper ale with a mid-sized, frothy, off-white head. Terrific retention. Gingerbread and sugar cookie aroma with lots of spice. The flavor is much the same with good balance between sweet gingerbread and bitter hops. Medium-bodied and lightly creamy with medium carbonation. Finishes spicy, bittersweet and numbing.


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