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RATINGS: 277   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   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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2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Theydon_Bois (18919) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 30, 2015
Hotel room breakfast tasting with Jack & Leighton, Hilton Tampa, 22/02/15. Chestnut brown with a decent beige covering. Nose is dark malt, toffee, figs, spice, clove, light nana. Taste comprises butterscotch, banoffee pie, fudge, sticky toffee, clove, light smoke, sweet and sour notes. Medium + body, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Ok for style I guess but considering the ABV this is a let down.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Oakes (17093) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 30, 2008
Bright dark amber colour. The aroma is a little chemically - I know its just clove, ginger and orange peel but thats how it comes off to me. Assertive palate - very heavy on the ginger and clove. Orangey accents. Hardly any balancing malts but what there is is caramelly. Unbalanced, and Im not really vibing off these flavours.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
brokensail (16401) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 26, 2013
Amber colored pour with a white head. Lots of nutmeg and all spice aromas, a bit of cinnamon, and some sweet fruits. A bit of apple and pear, some toffee and caramel malt, and a light pine note. The flavor is sweet and caramel/toffee malt forward. The spices accent it nicely, actually, but there is a slightly "off" herbal quality I cant exactly identify. A little bit of alcohol, mildly bitter, and lightly fruity.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (14964) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 8, 2009
Bottle from Captain Cougar. Thanks once more! Pours a dark reddish amber with a decent tan head. Lots of xmas spice aroma - reminds of mincemeat. Full bodied with mild carbonation. Flavor is dark fruit, xmas spice and heavy malt. Heat is present but rather submerged in all the flavors. This one gives xmas ales some sturdy competition. Finish is just a complexity of flavors.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (14504) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 2, 2008
Bottle poured a clear dark copper with a lasting light amber head. Aromas of orange, spice, carmel, toffee and a hint of honey. Palate was medium bodied and smooitrh. Flavors of toffee, spice, carmel and light orange with a smooth lingering spiced finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (14275) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 7, 2006
Bottle. Poured brown hue with a large creamy off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Heavy spicy pumpkin pie aroma. Medium to full body with a creamy texture. Heavy sweet spicy pie in a blender flavor and an average sweet finish. Interesting drinkable spicy brew.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (14106) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 11, 2005
(12oz bottle, bottled 3rd Week November -- 2004?) Small tan head atop a murky dark brown. Aroma is moderately sweet, gingerbread, some cinnamon. Taste is moderately sweet, ginger, brown sugar, candied orange, some earthy, light caramel. Medium body, very drinkable. Alcohol well hidden, with only a little bit of warming noticeable.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 16, 2009
(12oz bottle) Pours a clear amber body with a small off-white head. Aroma of cinnamon, apple, nutmeg, orange peel, and ginger. Flavor of orange, apple, clove, caramel, honey, and ginger.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (12737) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 6, 2002
I have really enjoyed trying all of the deifferent holiday beers I have been finding lately. This beer pours a dark amber color with a thin light beige head. Aroma immeditattely reminded me of cinnamon-flavored dental floss. Orange smell was also present. The flavor consisted of spices, hops and honey and while slightly unbalanced it was still enjoyable with a rather dry finish.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
crossovert (12447) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2011
12 oz bottle. It pours a deep cola color with a big, fluffy off-white head. The head just sticks and sticks, it lasts for ever. The lacing is pretty good too. This one smells amazing. I smelt something similar with Sam Adams Winter Lager but this one just blows that one out of the water. All of the spices are easily detected: orange peel, nutmeg, ginger, and clove. The flavor is big and bold. It tastes like Christmas. Lots of caramel, the aforementioned spices, and a lot of citrus lead the flavor charge. There is a bit of gingerbread character as well. As you go the oak appears and adds an extra layer of depth. The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, it is very smooth. It is a bit cloying but that is expected at this abv, and the alcohol presence is pretty low considering the abv. This is the quintessential holiday lager, no doubt about it, I thought it would be overpowering but it was smooth and delightful Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 12-01-2010 04:12:10


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