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RATINGS: 1395   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Bottle: Unfiltered
Previously 8.1%
Ingredients: Pale, Munich and Caramunich malts; Kent Goldings hops.
This is a rich, dark, joyous brew with which to celebrate the holiday season. It’s aroma of chocolate malt and spiciness is reminiscent of the wonderful smells of holiday baking in Mom’s kitchen. Silky smooth on the palate, it’s predominantly malty, with smoky, spicy and citrusy notes and a long, lingering finish that is lightly tart and malty. Bottle conditioned for a fresh, lively taste. Round and well balanced, it’s a welcome addition for holiday tables and beyond.
Sold as King’s Blue in Norway.

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Kevin (2217) - Montana, USA - AUG 7, 2005
nice brown pour with a huge grey and brown specked head. pum and peach spiced lemon aroma with brown sugar. taste is malty spiced brown sugar, dates, and dough. caramel and lemon finish. lingering chocolate flavor.

duff (5486) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 6, 2005
Bottle. Way too sweet for me. There some nice clovey spicy, choc/caramel flavours. But theres a huge sticky candy sugar sweetness right at the start that dominates the rest of the flavour. If this was a little less sweet this would be quite good.

IndianaRed (5121) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 3, 2005
Bottle poures a slightly hazy medium redish brown. Nice hefty light brown head and moderate lacing. Fruit, apples, raisons in the aroma and a moderatly smooth body. That belgian spice was quite subdues and the slight baryard mustiness was also very diminished. The alcohol was noticeable a bit more than I like. Not bad.

pinkzambia (2111) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 3, 2005
Bottle: Lovely red-brown color with a light brown head and semi-sticky lacing. It shows off sweet scents of fruit. This beer is strong in every sense of the word. Along with the strong alcohol flavor there is a noticeable woody flavors as well as "dried apples in a wet envrinment."

Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - AUG 1, 2005
Bottle. Strong iced tea color with thin film of bubbles for a head. Nose reminds me of peach iced tea. Taste-lotion, lots of spice, corriander, tea, brown sugar, syrup. Gets thicker and sweeter as it warms.

OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUL 26, 2005
12oz bottle - Poured very dark brown with a beautiful soap sud like tan head. Aroma is raisins, coffee, yeast, brown sugar. Flavor is almost the same with a touch of chocolate, some honey sweetness and also some caramel. Beautifully smooth and carbonated enough to make it feel delightful on the palate. Alcohol cannot be found in this one. My son spilled about a quarter of the tulip glass on me when he tried to climb on my lap while I was watching TV. I liked this one so much I wanted to suck the spillage out of my T-Shirt. A great brew! Christmas in July is great!

Papsoe (25054) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 22, 2005
UPDATED: APR 21, 2006 (Bottle 25 cl) Opaque, dark brown - close to black actually. An incredibly tall, creamy head. Extremely complex, I sense both dates, coffee and rum (!). Yeast and candi sugars is very evident, but it’s perfectly in balance and never gets cloying. The alcohol is perfectly hidden. A wonderful ale indeed. 140100

DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 2, 2005
Bottle shared by Blake. Hoppy anise flavor with a milk chocolatey background. Big cakey flavor - moist chocolate cake, licorice, nutmeg and tootsie roll sweetness. Roasty dry, spicy finish. A warming spicy brew. Reminds me of LB Holiday Spice with nicer chocolate notes.

MIBRomeo (2579) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 2, 2005
pours mahogony in color w/ a tall frothy head and decent lacing. I smell eggnog nutmeg cinamon alcohol and malts. Palate is smooth lightly creamy ok coating Taste is a spice (cinamon and nutmeg) a light carmel malt and a small dry hop finish. Overall a solid beer. Thanks to Blake for sharing.

1FastSTi (3358) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 1, 2005
Celebrating Christmas in July... Poured from a 750 (Lot No. 137250). It pours to a thick white head that is rocky and foamy, decent lacing. The body is a really dark mahogany color. The aroma is hugely spicy, malty, sour fruit, smoke, green raisins, blueberries. The flavor is oak smoked black licorice. The palate is warming. There is some spicy nutmeg or mace in the flavor. The palate is rich, dry, and full.

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