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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
DuffMan (10751) - 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!

3.4
MartinT (10155) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 21, 2003
A birthday clown does his best to spread a festive atmosphere, sprinkling loads of nutmeg and cinnamon onto the children, as they look back quizzical...He juggles a few sweet oranges, which is appreciated throughout all this aggressive spice, but, still, the celebrated are unimpressed...In a last-minute, top-of-the-head choreography, he balances a blob of caramel on his goofy red nose and the buds appreciate the valiant effort...A smile, but no exhilaration...

3.3
DrSilverworm (10000) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 25, 2013
12oz bottle, from Dilly Deli. Bottled October, Week 4, 2012. Whoa, I had no idea that this was much higher than 7% when I drank it at the bar. Nice nose - honey balances out the malt and spices. Nutmeg. Some clove. Some cinnamon. Medium body. Light, smooth carbonation. No stickiness or lingering viscosity in the finish. Mostly clear amber / brown color. Minimal head, no lace. Spicy taste, light bitter. Light sweetness from the honey. Solid and interesting holiday brew. Also interesting that it’s a lager, rather than your traditional holiday ale. Got to give it an extra point too, for sneaking that alcohol by me so stealthily

3.8
blipp (9899) - La Mesa, California, USA - DEC 21, 2012
Bottle. Pours clear amber with an off white head. Ginger, cinnamon, honey, and cloves. Clean and clear. Surprisingly good.

2.6
drowland (9184) - Georgia, USA - JAN 19, 2012
1/18/12. 12oz bottle thanks to PorterPounder! Clear amber/red pour with a small khaki head that fades and barely laces. Stereoptypical holiday spice profiled aroma... meh. Overly sweet, cloying caramel and malt and pumpkin pie spices. Blegh.

3.6
jredmond (8839) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 22, 2010
Draft in philly. Poured a dark amber red. Aroma is cinnamon and njutmeg. Taste is sweet cinnamon, nut, malt, and slight alcohol.

3.5
PorterPounder (8355) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 18, 2008
Savannah, Ga. - Habersham Beverage Warehouse - 12 oz bottle. Dark copper pour, sticky off-white head - decent lacing. Strong aroma of spices, meat marinade and citrus. Flavor profile matches the aroma with some cloves and ginger thrown in there for good measure. Hard to describe meatiness permeates throughout. Thickish, chewy mouthfeel. Pleasantly surprised.

3.6
after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - FEB 24, 2008
12-oz. Thanks, BitBucket! Pours a dark grainy amber with ruddy highlights; moderate creamy tan head. Big tart cherry nose, lots of sweetness that must be from the honey. Dense creamy body, really nothing like any lager you’ve had except for maybe the biggest doppelbocks. Lots of different dark spices and black pepper on the mid-palate. This is a highly singular and different beer, very unusual and a pleasure to drink.

3.6
Ernest (7886) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2013 Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is dark amber. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, cookie), with notes of nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, honey, alcohol (slightly fusel), orange peel. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. First off, I’m embarrassed at my notes, considering I practically list the exact same spices that are listed on the front label...but I swear I didn’t read it prior to writing up my aromatic notes. And in a sense that is one of the reasons I rather admire this beer...the spice blend is in such perfect harmony that an amateur like myself can literally detect every single addition...the honey is obvious, the clove is obvious, etc. None of them stick out above the others, nor do they clobber the malt nose. I can’t say that I smell hops or yeast, but that’s ok considering the type of beer this is attempting to be. The alcohol is maybe a touch fusel, but that’s expected from the honey and high ABV. I’m not a fan of sweet-and-boozy kinds of beers, but for what this is setting out to be, it performs quite well.

3.4
Strykzone (7796) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2008
Dark red brown with a minimal tan head. Interesting aroma is over ripe fruit with holiday spices. Flavor reminds me of an old ale in a holiday spirit. Like that style there is a lot going on. Alcohol is prominent and spices such as nutmeg, ginger, and cinnamon. Honey can be tasted. I would rather have this beer at the brewery on a fish night Friday but it was pretty good in my living room.


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