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RATINGS: 276   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 19   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.8
keanex (1801) - 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!

3.8
madvike (3320) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 6, 2014
Bottle - Deep mahogany pour with a foamy light tan head. Nose is ginger and coriander, a little fruitcake, sweet dark bread, and a bit of boozy warmth. The taste is like a mixed drink you’d have at Christmas. It’s bready and buttery sweet, with more holiday spices and a long, sweet, lightly boozy finish. The 9.5% is there, but other than a little bit in the finish it’s mostly smooth and warm. Has a buttery thick and slick body, with smooth, mouth-filling carbonation. Tasty stuff, from a style that I’m not normally fond of.

3.6
dfinney23 (3424) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 6, 2014
Mahogany pour with little head. Smells like Christmas. Taste is caramel and spices, lightly bittersweet. Easy to drink, considering the high ABV.

3.6
notalush (6036) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - JAN 5, 2014
Pours a dark ruby - moderate lace - the spices are pretty heavy in the nose, especially the orange peel and clove, but these actually work pretty well with the earthy, complex sweetness of the honey - a slight melanoidin richness adds additional depth - creamy texture - rich clover honey flavor - spices seem a little overdone at first - strong clove, especially - but they don’t seem as assertive as the beer warms, and settle into the honey and sweet malts a bit - cinnamon adds an interesting spicy kick late - finish of candied orange peel and nutmeg at the finish, along with some rich maltiness - quite sweet, but a nice beer none-the-less.

4
ChrisSc (465) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 5, 2014
On tap into a sampler glass. Minneapolis. Labeled as 11%abv Appearance: Dark brown, cloudy, with a tan head. Aroma: Heavy on holiday spices - nutmeg, cloves, ginger. Malty with a hint of alcohol. Taste: Sweet up front with a warming alcohol finish. Palate: Good heavy body. Smooth palate, long finish. Overall: I liked this beer a lot more than I expected. Really good level of spiciness and alcohol. One I would like to haven again.

4.2
arojewski (72) - Old Bridge, New Jersey, USA - JAN 5, 2014
Truly a holiday beer! Strong cinnamon and spice notes in both aroma and taste. It’s like Christmas in a glass!

3.5
DMLINAZ (332) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Very flavorful, great winter warmer on Christmas morning. ABV packs a wallop, unexpected for a lager. Caramel base with winter spices. Almost a syrupy mouthfeel, in a good way.

3.4
icehawk (876) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - DEC 24, 2013
Bottle. Pours a nice orangish brown with light brown head. Medium body, lively mouthfeel. Bitter orange rind finish. Warming alcohol finish.

3.1
ryrpat (409) - Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2013
Not a huge fan of highly spiced beers but for my palate this was just the right amount. Well balanced with a nice warm feel to it. Would have again in moderation ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
geologyguy (1700) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - DEC 20, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2013 Wish it actually had slightly less alcohol because it actually overwhelms the wonderful taste! Smooth, creamy, milky delightful...great! drink quickly!!! gets harsh with warmth


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