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RATINGS: 45   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Good tidings to you, Old Friend. We brew our limited release Holiday Ale with fresh ginger root and a hefty dollop of family harvested honey. This fireside companion has a deep ruby-colored body with layers of malt complexity and an intense ginger aroma. Reunite with friends, old and new, and celebrate the season with an Old Friend by your side. Cheers!

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3.7
thebighead (2) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 11, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2017 This is a nice beer. Ginger is definitely present in the aroma and heavy on the tongue. a cloudy brown with a cream-colored head. the head doesn't stick around long. It's a medium body beer with hearty flavor.

4
drpimento (3797) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 3, 2017
This is the winter warmer version. Aroma is malty with some spice. Flavor is like nose up front more bitter than sweet along with the spices finishing more balanced. Body is fairly mild not too heavy.

3.5
JPDIPSO (6293) - Wauwatosa, USA - NOV 29, 2017
Clear, bright chestnut color with a diminished off-white head. Scents of ginger dominate, but are not overpowering. Some wisps of toasted malt, dark berries, leather, and alcohol also present. Smooth feel. Light sweet start with some blackberries and toasted malt. Middle has some wild honey and spice, as the ginger works its way in. Fairly simple finish. Linger has a sharpness to it, with the ginger and alcohol vying for attention. A nice fireside brew.

3.7
kaser (6409) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 22, 2016
22oz bottle from my pal Chad. Poured at the Lakehouse. Reddish with white head. Christmas cookie, sweet, gingerbread and spices. Good stuff.

3.4
ljthiessen (1461) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - DEC 31, 2015
Bottle. Clear amber-brown pour with a light tan head. Aroma is fruitcake, cardamom, honey and ginger. Taste is a little sweet, some honey and ginger as it warms. Not a great winter spice beer, but not awful.

1.2
HopOi (1) - - DEC 26, 2015 does not count
Nice color, but this beer is all ginger. No complexity in aroma or taste. There’s a hint of maltiness, but the ginger is overpowering. Eat some raw ginger and save the money.

3.8
jbruner (5401) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 12, 2015
Pours a deep copper from the bottle with thick tan head that dissipates to leave moderate lace. Aroma of woody smoke, earthy spice, and caramel malt. Taste is more toward the malt and spice, but light and easy, good balance. Really nice holiday spice.


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