RATINGS: 275   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 19   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
Timed to coincide with the holiday season, a very special lager is brewed with honey, oranges, and spices. This beer uses two pounds of honey per pound of malt in its brew, making it an exceptional fortified holiday specialty beer which will keep for years. The spices and hops balance the sweetness of the honey and malt to give this lightly hopped beer its perfect flavor.
Alcohol ABV varies from 9.5% to 11% each year

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alexsdad06 (10476) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JUL 13, 2014
Bottle from backlog notes 07. Pours a clear amber brown color with a medium plus sized off white head. The aroma and flavor have a base of toasted malts with honey, ample spices, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, light caramel, sweeter but the spices cut through, no sign that this is almost 10%.

Beerdedone (3408) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2014
Bottle. Pours reddish brown with a nice tan head. Aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and earthy spices. Flavor was quite sweet with caramel, honey, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg and holiday spices.

TXBadger (2811) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 24, 2014
Spicy aroma, ginger, cinnamon, coriander, and nutmeg. All follow onto the palate to give this holiday beer a nice complex flavor. Finishes with a bready note.

jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2014
Bottle poured into a shaker. Pours a dark brown with a finger of off-white head. Aroma of citrus, nutmeg and cinnamon. Taste is similar. The nutmeg and cinnamon really come through in the finish. Full bodied with a thick, creamy texture. Lively carbonation and a very long finish. Awesome beer. I grab me some every year.

rumproasts (5425) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 3, 2014
bottle. reddish brown with small head. big sweet beer with a lot of spice in this one. maybe a bit over the top for me.

johnnymusky (983) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 13, 2014
not my thing at all....cloves honey and cinnamon....way to sweet...after taste was awful.did smell good though.

jbrana (640) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - FEB 1, 2014
Tastes like butterscotch, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. Too sweet and too spicy for my liking, but not too bad.

onceblind (9860) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 30, 2014
Murky dark ruby with a thin bubbly light tan head. Aroma kinda has some plum and fruit cake notes, but that fruit cake is just a little past its prime. Taste is large and smooth, sweet and fruity. Basically put, it tastes like a Belgian quad with a lager yeast; lots of date and stone fruit tones mixed with dark spice cake and cinnamon, with a dryish earthy lager yeast finish. Interesting and complex.

UkrainPubCrawler (121) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 26, 2014
This is a very delicious seasonal beer. This beer probably has the best blend of flavors of a holiday seasonal I’ve had. Delicious blend of spices contribute to the amazing flavor of this beer. Nice foamy head and great hoppy flavor! Excellent!

keanex (1799) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - JAN 12, 2014
Bottled October 24, 2013.
Appearance: The body is a beautiful mahogany-garnet hue with good clarity that shows off big carbonation bubbles in the body. The head is short and fizzy, quickly dissipating into a very thin light tan ring and a spotty coating.
Aroma: The aroma is a nice blend of spices, I pick up some cinnamon and ginger with big semi-sweet malts hinting at brown sugar and some biscuit. The aroma is inviting and enjoyable, not overly spiced but they are definitely there.
Taste: Oh this is quite pleasant, a big malty lager with prominent spices. The beer starts off with some malty biscuit, toasted and caramel malts with a light citrus overtone. The malts get stronger as nutmeg overlies them, adding a nice complexity. The malt base is mostly strong caramel throughout, very nicely balanced with the spices though. The finish is reminiscent of Troegenator, malty with a slight dark fruitiness to it. The finish lingers nicely of cinnamon and brown sugar, a tasty presence that surprised me initially in a good way. The finish shows some alcohol, but overall this really hides it nicely.
Palate: Full-bodied, lightly carbonated.
Overall: This is a beer I certainly plan to buy again next year for the holiday times. I feel sad that I didn’t have this on Christmas as this would make an excellent breakfast beer for Christmas. The spices are prominent, but they compliment the strong malt base nicely. I can’t say I taste any honey though. Good beer, worth trying!

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