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RATINGS: 1033   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
It has a cinnamon and ginger spice flavor, a rich copper color, and a medium body that will fit with any holiday meal.

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3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 24, 2007
Pours a clear medium amber with a average sized white head. Light spice and malt aroma. Flavor is big cinnamon and spices. Pretty unique. I think one is enough.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 22, 2007
On tap at the brewery. Clear copper pour with no head. Strong aroma and flavor of honey, cinnamon and ginger, the cinnamon and ginger are a bit too overpowering for my tastes, especially in the flavor. The body is light with an oily texture and soft carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2007
12 oz bottle. Crystal clear topaz with a crisp white head. Spicy honey, caramel and a touch of cherry. A little sudsy that turns to a tang. Mild fruit, apple and dried apricots, moves into honey and residual spices with a little ginger coming through. A nice holiday ale thats not too sweet and avoids the stale spice aftertaste.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FlacoAlto (4176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 13, 2007
Best by date of January 2007, Sampled January 2007
This beer sits a brilliantly clear, dark, amber to burnt copper color when held up to the light, otherwise it sits a dark amber brown color. The beer is initially topped by a three-finger thick, tan colored head that is frothy and leaves some layered lacing on the sides of the glass. The aroma is fruity up front, but then begins to take on a spice cake sort of character that drives a spicy sweetness. The spices are not so dominant that you can easily pick out the specifics; I get hints of cinnamon, ginger, perhaps some nutmeg, all spice, and clove and some spicy cardamom like notes. Underneath this is a fruit character that makes me think of cherries, and raisins.

The taste is lightly sweet up front, with a definitely spicy middle. A ginger-like peppery character rests solidly in the middle of this brew, actually it tends to linger a bit in the finish along with a cinnamon character. This beer is quite light and drinkable, in fact it drinks much easier than even 7.5%. I really like the spice levels in this beer, it is quite noticeable, but not so dominating that it is distracting. Fruity notes provide a nice balance to the spices; notes of cherries, green raisins, sweet Muscat, and even a light orange note reminiscent what one would find in some dessert wines. In the end this is quite drinkable and even enjoyable.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - JAN 13, 2007
fluffy dense foamy off-white /light tan head, golden amber color and yellow at the edges. clear. spicy honey malt aroma, almost like a saison. flavor also like a saison, dryish and slightly tangy malt, a little ginger and grassy. finish is lightly bitter. not what I expected for a christmas ale, but nice to have w/the family during christmas dinner. thanks Bro from Ohio!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zymologist (30) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2007
I live in Cleveland. Its now January. Im tired of this stuff. Ill be on my knees come next October, though.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 2, 2007
I can see how some people find this ginger and cinnamon flavor interesting. I can drink one if in the right mood, yet I quickly found this tiring/too sweet.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
Jwasciuk (198) - Lowell, Michigan, USA - JAN 2, 2007
Pours sparkling clear and amber with a white head. Aroma is Moderatly malty;hay, and moderatly hoppy; grapefruit. Flavor is initally lightly sweet and moderatly bitter ant stayed that way through the finish some spice. Light to medium bodied oily and livley.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pootzboy (1694) - Hopville, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2006
Bottle: Poured a clear copper ale in the glass with a 2 finger sticky rockey cap. Well carbonated. Aromas of spices, nutty malts and NW hops Passable malt presence, prickly mouth feel, medium bodied with a spicey-hoppy dry character. The frontside dumps some nut-like malts on the tongue only to have them quickly snached away into an astringent earthy taste by the spices ( ginger, nutmeg cinnamon) and the spicey NW hops...palate is clean crisp, astringent some fruit phenols from the ale yeast...finishes dry and slightly bitter from all the sharp spice and hop tones and just at the last second, some bready Christmas pudding sweetness appears. A nice warmer for cold weather...I could learn to like this one..not over spiced but certainly the spice and hops rides above the malts in this one.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 25, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2007 2006 bottle - Pours dark amber with an effervescent body and a fully receding tan head. Aroma of spice: heather, cinnamon, and clove with notes of toffee. Taste is nicely spiced, with notes of cinnamon, gingerbread, toffee, and caramel. Mouthfeel is full bodied with soft, pleasant carbonation. Very well done, quite enjoyable.

Ar7 Ap4 Ta8 Pa5 Ov16

2007 bottle - Pours reddish brown with a fully receding tan head. Aroam of cinnamon, ginger, citrus, and toffee. Mouthfeel is full bodied, lightly sticky with moderate carbonation. Very nice once again, will surely buy some more and rerate before this is gone. Ap4 Ar9 Ta8 Mf5 Ov17


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