RATINGS: 277   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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - JAN 8, 2005
Hazy copper. Orangey gingerbread aroma. Light bodied, touch of caramel and honey, with heavy spice character. Tons of ginger and plenty of orange (tang) as well. Strange and not all that enjoyable. Hides its alcohol well for 9+ %.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - JAN 4, 2005
Pours orange with smallish light tan head. Nose is very spicy, of oranges, grapefruits, nutmey and honey. Slightly floral. Flavor reminds me of cinnamon apples dipped in light caramel. There is a clean, sweet finish. A good beer to enjoy over the holiday season, when trying to get into that festive mood. Alcohol is well hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
IndianaRed (4158) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 30, 2004
Bottle Pours a clear rather dark redish brown with a dense light tan head. Lots of fine lasting lacing. Quite a lot of sweet spice and orange aromas. Like candy almost. Mulled. Tart dry spicy flavor. Cinniman, cloves, honey and some apple cider flavors. Feel is soft carbonation and finish is sweet and clean. Some trainlng bitterness. A nice surprise. Thanks again to MrFacto

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nuffield (4127) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 28, 2004
Bronze color. Delightful mulled cider aroma, orange is especially there, with alcohol, spice (cinnamon). Moderately sweet. Maintains an excellent palate, in part from the alcohol, in part from the spice, and in part from the carbonation. When warming from the fridge it reveals a more basic caramel note that tops the profile. Not bad at all, indeed, a real surprise.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 22, 2004
Spicest aroma Ive ever encountered in a beer,nutmeg cinnimon, ginger,taste is spicey but not overpoweringly so,thought it would taste like a tea,but it was more like a Captain Morgan smooth and strong, a couple of these and you can handle any crowded mall

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 18, 2004
The aroma is very holiday spice": nutmeg, cinnamon etc. Its clear brown with a nicely done spicy flavor. The alcohol is well hidden. This is a very enjoyable spiced beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TChrome (1457) - Bedford, Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2004
Aroma is heavy spices like nutmeg and orange with some light alcohol. Beer pours dark copper with a rapidly diminishing off white head. Flavor is very spicy somewhat akin to my mothers pumpkin bread, but with honey. Very interesting enjoyable beer. No hint of the high ABV.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2004
Brown Coloring With White Head. Fruit, Cinnamon. Tastes Like Warm Gingerbread...Light Hops...Light Warming. Very Enjoyable Christmas Brew!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2004
Bottle pours burnt caramel, strong red hues, large sudsy white head, fairly sticky lacing, with light carbonation. Spicy aroma, cinnamon and nutmeg, but subtle compared to the fresh pine and orange peel. WOW! While it smells extremely spicy, its not overly done. Very well balanced, Orange peel and a whole lot of Cinnamon. Enjoyable body, medium mouthfeel. Finishes... you guessed it, quite spicy. Long finish, lingering spices and Orange peel. The 9.5% ABV is undetectable, making this a true Winter Warmer. Well crafted, well rounded, a true Holiday concoction! Thanks goes out to MrFacto for the trade!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - DEC 5, 2004
dark amber-orange hues with a dash of tan head.Nose is very aromatic,seasonal spices like pumpkin pie and spiced apples.Too bad the flavor isnt quite as good as the aroma.the orange and spices come out but the brew looses itself somewhere.

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