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RATINGS: 148   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 12   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The essence of Christmas is captured in this very bottle you are holding. Perfectly blended spices compliment Frosted Frog’s rich malt flavors, creating the ultimate Christmas experience. Celebrate the holidays as you savor this very special seasonal offering.

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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chalicemaster (112) - Ohio, USA - NOV 13, 2013
The flavor profile here is a surprisingly balanced malt and spice combo, almost comes across as a very serviceable take on a Belgian dark ale. The bourbon element is enjoyable, but in sweet, oily way - there’s very little in the way of genuine oak flavor here, or at the very least, it doesn’t come out that way in the mix. Well worth a try, however, and certainly in the upper tier of christmas beers that saturate the market this time of year.


3
Quick3Beers (1459) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 6, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2017 Pours a nice dark brown from a bottle, minimal off-white lacing. Compared to the non-BA stuff, aroma is a bit less candy-like, more of a rum with some nice vanilla bean and oak, light cinnamon stick. Flavor is cinnamon and vanilla, a bit of rum. Good beer.

4.3
markjknowles () - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 3, 2017
I drank the not-barrel-aged yesterday and then drank the barrel aged version today. Both 22 oz. bottles. I liked the first but the barrel aging did some real good. the spices were blended more smoothly into the mix. That slight bourbon taste really elevates this beer to the next level. Oh so Christmasy! I don't generally like "stuff" in my beer, but for the holidays? Sure. It's the beer equivalent of mulled wine and it's not a bad thing. Malty, spicey and really fun.

4.2
barrelagedluv (65) - Pittsburg, California, USA - NOV 18, 2017
Pours into a snifter a blood copper color with sparse foam. Scent of whiskey soaked gingerbread are strongly prevalent. The flavor is hearty and malty, hints of nutmeg and cinnamon. Back end is smooth, yet has slight Kentucky burn. Much superior to the Boris bb Stout in terms of complex bourbon barrel nuance and palate. A solid seasonal warmer. Cheers Hoppin Frog!

3.7
Niko100 (2998) - Chicago, New York, USA - JUN 4, 2017
Dark amber/cider color; Medium creamy body; Aroma of sweet malt, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, & some fruit; Flavor of sweet malt, caramel, molasses/syrup, cinnamon, some nutmeg, fruit, and whiskey/bourbon notes; Warm finish; A bit too sweet - but still pretty decent.

3.6
wekker84 (2420) - etten-leur, NETHERLANDS - MAY 14, 2017
Bottle a dark brown colored beer with a white head aroma malts caramel spicy dried fruits anise and hops flavor malts spicy caramel dried fruits hops and some anise in the aftertaste

3.8
Korcz (3390) - Warsaw, POLAND - FEB 5, 2017
Backlog, ocena przepisana z untappd, w ramach uzupełniania profilu na ratebeer.

4.1
Panzuriel (2389) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - JAN 29, 2017
Appearance: Medium chestnut brown. Hazy. Thin head of small white bubbles.
Nose: Sweet malt, caramel, bourbon, vanilla, clove and touch of nutmeg.
Taste: Initially sweet, heavy with booze and caramel. Resolving into the more subtle spice and oak aspects.
Body: medium and silky. Decent carbonation
Parting thoughts: A big Christmas. The barrel aging lends some very complimentary notes to the typical spice and malt.

3
hopdog (13102) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2017
22oz bottle. Poured a hazy amber color with a smaller sized off white head. I noted down - I really don’t like spices. I was hoping the barrel aging would kill some of it, but lots of spice.

3.4
Slipstream (2709) - USA - DEC 30, 2016
Draft at Bronx Ale House. Nice rich Christmas brew. Vanilla, clove, bourbon, caramel, a little pipe tobacco. Good but not the best from HF, and well overpriced at $12 for a 9 oz snifter. HF could lower their prices a bit methinks.

3.5
DocLock (11108) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2016
I love Hoppin Frog, I love Fred Karm, and I’m glad I found this beer. Pours hazy ruby with minimal head. Big cranberry, spice, nutmeg, hops in the nose. Tastes of berries, gingerbread, plum pudding, and sprucey hops. Sweet finish, but appropriate as an X-Mas ale.


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