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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.12/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 27   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Sweet toasted dark malts and American hops are brewed with just the right amount of holiday flavors to create a medium-bodied spiced ale whose taste and aroma is unmistakably Christmas.

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jgb9348 (6199) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - FEB 9, 2017
Crisp and beautiful amber and copper coloured body with a muddied brown and ruby glow and a nice, dense four centimetre tall tan head that fades relatively fast, but still leaves a nice thin tan head atop. Aroma of allspice, canella, cinnamon, toasted malt, raisins, figs and earth - nice and robust. Medium-bodied; Assertive nutty and earthy flavours dominate at first, then show some nice light spiciness along with some noticeable caramelised sugars throughout. Aftertaste shows some robust earthiness along with a nice balanced sweetness and even better - a very nice blend of spices throughout that isnít overly harsh. Overall, a very nice spice-based beer that is almost exactly what youíd expect and desire for this style at a 6,0% offering. I canít believe itís rated as low as it is, because to me, this is what youíd want for the style. Great to sample and well worth finding to sample or to have on hand for the season! I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Merchantís in Dearborn, Michigan on 10-December-2016 for US$1,99 sampled on 09-February-2017 at home in Washington, the day that my Red Wings visit Washington.

3.3
katrinaez (1924) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2016
Watery palate. Nice aroma of spice, hops, citrus, and malts. The cranberry is the perfect level of tart, and not over the top. Not a true xmas fullness, but overall really a decent bev. Tap

2.7
arminjewell (9585) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 18, 2015
Pour on tap at HopCat, clear reddish pour with slightly off white head, aroma brought notes of caramel, toffee, trash, some earth into a bit of slight red fruit, touch of grain into lots of cinnamon and clove. Taste is a mix of caramel, toffee, lots of cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg into some red fruits, touch of earth, finishing sweet, spicy.

3.2
wmubronco1992 (709) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2014
Bottle. Pours brown. Aroma of toast, but as it warms you can pick up some gingerbread. Small tan head. Flavor of toast and caramel. Solid, but not exciting.

3.4
drdisque (830) - Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2014
From a 12 oz bottle poured in a bulb shaker. Pours slightly cloudy ruddy red. Aroma is sort of like Vanilla Ice Cream. Initial flavor is sweet with ginger and cinnamon spice. Finish is more rough with some unrefined malt notes. Thin mouthfeel. Good concept but lacking in fit and finish.

3.5
firstsip (733) - Michigan, USA - DEC 11, 2014
Tap. Murky red. No head or lace. Mild nose of Christmas spices. This beer... doesnít match itís description at all. However, itís pleasantly sour (almost like a Flanders red) with the mildest hint of spicing.

3.1
lukedarock (246) - Howell, Michigan, USA - NOV 24, 2014
Taste is there but faint, the rest of this beer is missing, itís on the brink with a little tinkering

2.4
Motobashi (107) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 11, 2014
Poured a dirty red with minimal head and light carbonation. Faint caramel notes. Very light hint of spice. Nice, spicy flavour. Not overly bitter up front but a bit more bitterness on the finish. Moderately long. Light bodied and a bit of an oily texture. Overall fair. Not something I would go out of my way for a second of. But enjoyable.

3.3
gilvanblight (825) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 9, 2014
Clear rust brown, pour with very little head. Nice scent. Spicy. As in spices. Nice and warming and easy to drink.

3.7
superspak (5514) - Michigan, USA - JAN 18, 2014
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 10/18/2013. Pours moderately hazy reddish copper color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings down the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toast, raisin, plum, apple, brown sugar, bread, light cinnamon, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of malt, spice, and yeast ester notes; with decent strength. Taste of caramel, toast, brown bread, raisin, plum, apple, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, toast, brown bread, raisin, plum, apple, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, herbal, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and robustness of malt, spice, and fruity ester flavors; with no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy and bready mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice winter warmer style. Good balance and robustness of malt, spice, and fruity ester flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.


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