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RATINGS: 105   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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3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcberko (16595) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 22, 2014
On tap at Fat Head’s Portland, pours a clear dark amber with a small beige head. Aroma is huge on the spices, especially cinnamon and nutmeg. Flavour is the same, with not too much else going on here. Very spice-dominated. Good for what it is, but it’s not my cup of tea (or beer).

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (14186) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 15, 2012
Draft. Poured clear dark ruby color with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy spice sweet aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy balanced spice flavor with a medium to heavy sweet spice finish of moderate to long duration. Solid seasonal beer that exceeded my expectations.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dogbrick (12565) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 7, 2012
Sample from growler at Ale Wine & Spirits in Powell on 08/02/2012. The beer pours a dark reddish-amber color with a medium off-white head that dissipates steadily. Small patches of lacing. Aroma of spices and malt. Medium body with a strong potpourri of spices up front, primarily ginger and nutmeg. Some bready malt in the background, and the spice diminishes in the course of a few drinks. The finish is sweetly spiced with a malty aftertaste. Decent overall.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopdog (12083) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2013
12oz bottle. Poured an amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of mainly spices. Tastes of spices with some caramel and citrus.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sammy (11820) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 20, 2011
On tap at Pizza Plant. Nice looking head on grapefruit body. Lace down the glass as I drain a nutmeg, cinammon mix, cardomon mix. Sweet and a little light mouthfeel. Not tremedously drinkable but hits the style.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
shrubber85 (11212) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 5, 2014
Bottle. Ginger, cinnamon, tangy honey aroma. Chestnut with large light tan head. Sweet candied ginger, malt, and moderately bitter herbal hay flavor. Nice spice flavor without being overwhelming.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocLock (10441) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2014
Bottle from Capone’s during X-mas 2013. Pours hazy chestnut with tan head. Nose is caramel maltm spicy nutmeg, cinnamon, clove. Tastes caramel malty, with x-mas spice, and a smooth finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (9931) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 23, 2013
12 oz bottle from Dutch’s. Pours a clear dark amber color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have ample spices, ginger, cinnamon, sweet malts, a splash of citrus, spiced apples mild toasted malts. This is a decent Christmas beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
phaleslu (9920) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (9729) - 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…

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