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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 itís 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Atom (2203) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 27, 2013
12oz bottle pours a dark brown with a bright amber hue and a large khaki head. Aroma of holiday spices, cinnamon, ginger, slight coriander, with some orange peel. Taste is sweet of cinnamon and nutmeg followed my ginger and honey with underlying hints of oranges. All spices and flavors are unique and present pretty well rounded. Unfortunately, holiday ales along with many of the spices here are just not my thing. However if it is this would be a good one for you.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chudwick (2913) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - NOV 30, 2016
Taster at source - nose is potpourri. Sip adds potpourri. Dry. Malty. Not too spicy. Growing on me.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
unclefrito62 (136) - Stow, Ohio, USA - NOV 11, 2016
Bottled on 11-03-16 12 ounces. Thin head Deep caramel in color. Yeasty malt taste with subdued spice profile. Smooth with light carbonation Very drinkable Christmas ale. Above average Christmas ale!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ccex (1209) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2016
12 oz bottle pours a hazy reddish brown with a small head and little lacing. Aroma has cherries, cinnamon, ginger, and plums. Taste is sweet and spicy with a hint of bitterness in the finish. Body is medium to full with average carbonation. An interesting brew that got better as it warmed up. It made me think of Swedish glogg. Iím not a big fan of Christmas ales, but at $1 on closeout in May, I had to try this. Not bad at all.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Claves77 (260) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2016
Deep caramel color, thin leave is nice finger high. Spicy nose, as is taste, a little too much for me.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
SirLimpsalot (3841) - SWEDEN - MAR 13, 2016
@ Fat Heads 16-3-10: Mycket sŲt med toner av burbon, ingefšra och socker. Speciell men ok.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gyllenbock (8150) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 11, 2016
On tap at the Brewpub in Portland. Amber with a small head. On the sweet side with spices, mainly cinnamon. Also some light malt.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TXBadger (2596) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 28, 2016
Pours a reddish brown color with ivory colored head. Spices, toast, roasted malts on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with spice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bvbunited (68) - Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2016
This is a very complex Christmas ale. I really enjoyed the hints of spices and honey that this beer has. Right balance of malt hops and spice. I would recommend it to anyone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drowland (7913) - Georgia, USA - JAN 13, 2016
11/19/15. 12oz bottle in Destin, probably from Beachís. 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (9468) - 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 Headís. I need to get to know these guys betterÖ

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