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RATINGS: 275   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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3.5
hopdog (13102) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2007
12oz bottle acquired in trade with CaptainCougar (thanks!). Poured a deep and muddy mahogany color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of cinnamon, nutmeg, honeycomb, and some citrus. Kinda reminded me of one of those Potpourri bags. Tastes of cinnamon, nutmeg, honey, brown sugar, and citrus. On the sweeter side. Some alcohol in the finish.

3.5
Sammy (12762) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 21, 2008
Lagerish mouthfeel with surprisngly sourness within a lager. It works, with orange and spices following. Imagine a toned down cantillon.Some beige transparency and quality aromas.

3.2
jcwattsrugger (12524) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 15, 2011
12oz bottle-pours a rich tan head with copper color. Aroma is spice, sweet medium malt-toffee. Taste is spice hops, sweet medium malt-toffee/some cocoa, alcohol.

3.8
shrubber85 (11618) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 10, 2013
Draft. Boozy caramel malt aroma (a bit medicinal while it was cold). Dark brown with moderate head. Sweet orange-caramel malt and bourbon flavor. Very smooth and nice. One of the better Christmas beers.

3.4
BVery (11361) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JUL 24, 2011
Bottle. Muddy cola colored pour. Minimal head. Aroma is sweet honey, cinnamon, and maybe some nutmeg. Some body to this but still a lighter palate. Clove and cinnamon on taste with some sweetness. Wouldn’t guess the high ABV.

3.4
hopscotch (11236) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 12, 2006
Bottle... Murky orange lager with red highlights and a mid-sized, fizzy, beige head. The nose is of fruitcake and gingerbread. The flavor is sweet honey and toffee with ginger snaps. Lightly bitter and mildly acetic. Full-bodied and chewy with gentle carbonation. Finishes spicy and sweet. Thanks to headbanger for the bottle!

3.6
DocLock (11049) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2008
Pours chill hazy deep coppery with some ruby edges and 1-finger off-white head. Aroma is orane zest, caramel malt, spices, mild honey. Tastes orange zesty, with a solid caramel malt backbone, and some spices, honey, and hops throughout its life cycle. This one is decent enough to make me glad to have bought a sixer.

3.1
kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 15, 2009

Name: Holiday Spice
Date: November 21, 2009
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party
Appearance: hazy amber, wispy beige head, streaks of lace
Aroma: sweet and spicy aroma, lots of cinnamon, light fruityness
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, lots of spicyness, touch of fruityness, light balancing bitterness follows the spices
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.1/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: ** /4

3.6
alexsdad06 (10807) - 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%.

3.8
DuffMan (10665) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 14, 2012
Bottle. Dark orange amber, average off-white head. aroma is heavily spicy, also caramel and orange. Flavours of nutmeg, all-spice, candied ginger, candied orange, dark toffee. Nice creamy mouthfeel, medium bodied. Good balance, absolutely no hint of the potent ABV! I was fully prepared for a weak, watery holiday-spice-clone--- I was totally wrong and pleasantly surprised!


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