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RATINGS: 103   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 28   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Once upon a frozen evening way up north, a sweet local honey named Holly inspired our Jolly Fat Man (as only Holly can) to create this festive spiced holiday ale. We think you will enjoy his holiday creation with it’s aromas and flavors of Christmas day. Sweet malt, ginger, honey and cinnamon spice. Sip this by the fire with your significant other. Who knows, maybe it will lead to a little inspiration of your own. From our Jolly Fat Man to yours, Happy Holidays.

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3.4
drowland (9053) - Georgia, USA - JAN 13, 2016
11/19/15. 12oz bottle in Destin, probably from Beach’s. Amber pour with a small khaki head. Spiced aroma, ginger and cinnamon pops, caramel, some dark fruits. Okay flavor, spices coming through, molasses, dark fruits, caramel. Not bad.

3.8
MartinT (10036) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 2, 2016
My Bottom Line:
Honey, ginger and cinnamon are well balanced in this soft and rich wintry brew.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam covers the gleaming red mist.
-The nearly frothy texture works well with the delicate sugars.
-Caramel malts are present but never overbearing.
-This is another very good brew from Fat Head’s. I need to get to know these guys better…

Bottle.

3
Turboninja (849) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 30, 2015
[email protected] Spot, Cleveland, USA. Medium classy sweet aroma of cherry, plum, bourbon and a hint of spicy christmas aromas. Dark amber color with small creamy light beige head. Hazy liquid. Medium bit messy, unbalanced taste of plum, cherry and bourbon. Medium taste spectrum and medium aftertaste with sweet malts and a hint of bourbon. Light/medium body with light/medium carbonation. Overall, messy product, although aroma is great.

3.2
HoppyScallywag (339) - Butler, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2015
It's good. It lacks some flavor on the initial taste, but it gets better on the palate and adds to the overall, thirst quenching drinkability. It has an hint of malt that then has a slight ginger burn in the back. Not enough in my opinion, but very good ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
RRistow12 (944) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - NOV 10, 2015
Tasted from bottle. Pours a ruby amber with off white head. Aroma of cinnamon and spices. Taste is a pretty spicey Christmas ale. Flavors of cinnamon, honey, hint of ginger, and other spices. Overall a very well done Christmas ale. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
BelgianBeerGal (4155) - Panama City, Florida, USA - SEP 12, 2015
Half a bottle in the Shades of Green parking garage after shattering a 6-pack on the concrete. Lots of tasty spice like a good ginger snap. Great cold weather warmer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3
Panzuriel (2371) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - AUG 10, 2015
On Tap at Melt Columbus, last Christmas. Delayed review. Holly Jolly pours a medium bright copper beer. Nose is Christmas spice (cloves, ginger, and cinnamon) with a moderate amount of roasted caramelization from the hops. The taste is more of the same. Spices lead with a nice amount of roasted cereals and brown sugar. Body is light but with some carbonation. Overall, an above average, but rather run of the mill winter beer.

3.3
phaleslu (10652) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 6, 2015
12 oz. bottle from ryanmcfly1985- thanks again, Ryan! Nice trade bonus. Pours a mostly clear brownish amber with a small beige head that leaves a lasting ring. Spices lead the way, and ginger is foremost among them, followed by cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg, with some backing but weaker sweet and caramel malts, pine, and a shot of honey. Light-bodied, with medium carbonation and a thin, spicy mouthfeel. This was tried about four to five months after it came out, and it definitely seemed out of balance in a way that suggested age. That wasn’t intentional; I meant to drink it sooner. Now I know.

2.9
rondphoto (4494) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - FEB 8, 2015
bottle @ Jungle Jim’s / Eastgate OH --- Clear amber brown color, heavy beige head, streaks of lace. Taste is malt that is infused with Christmas spices The whole concoction moves without change to a carbonation edged finish. An interesting brew, but not one I would want very often.

3.4
LetsGoState (910) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2015
Appearance is small white head with amber color. Aroma is strongly of spices. Taste is some sweet malt with a good amount of ginger and cinnamon. Overall a very solid one.


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