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RATINGS: 276   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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3.4
Strykzone (7302) - 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.

3.6
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 19, 2003
Dark brown pour with a good deal of carbonation. Potpourri aroma with lots of ginger, cinnamon, and orange peel. Syrupy earthy mouthfeel with a tart sticky finish. This hides its alcohol very well but has a little too much spice for my liking. Still a good beer though.

3.4
Iphonephan (6948) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - FEB 26, 2013
From a 12 oz bottle shared at Iona in Arlington. Pours a cloudy amber with a feint off white head. Fruit and pie spice aroma. Notes if caramel with cinnamon and cloves. Smooth spice finish.

3.9
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, itís 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!


3.1
wlajwl (6742) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - NOV 22, 2011
Aroma is spices and vegetables. The flavor is vegetables up front but with a decent maltiness beyond that mixes well with the spices. Not bad, wouldíve been better without the vegetable flavor.

3.7
blutt59 (6562) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 14, 2009
bottle, thanks to bu11zeye, chestnut brown pour with no foam, nice spicy sour cherry aroma, flavor has good sour cherry and peppery notes, nice beer

3.8
Patrickctenchi (6550) - Coxís Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - MAR 2, 2012
Red-amber with tan head, not much lace. Aroma is Cloves, Nutmeg...Flavour is the same, cinnamon also,,,VERY sweet. You can almost feel the individual grains of sugar. Itís a Christmas cookie in a glass. Grows a little boozy as it warms....2011 Edition is rated 9.5ABV, but it comes across leaner than that even warm....well hidden. A Nice winter special.

3.8
Pailhead (6539) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - DEC 14, 2005
Bottle: Courtesy of MrFacto via trade. Nice spicey aroma with ginger and cinnamon. Hints of orange barely sneak by all the spice. Pours a cloudy orangish-red with a moderate off-white head with good retention. Moderate orange up front that seems to turn to a light orange peel when it mixes with the big ginger, cinnamon, and bitter finish. Lightly acidic in the finish. Lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. Donít get any honey like I expected after reading the commercial description until it warms. Itís very subtle though. Nice creamy mouthfeel.

3.2
vyvvy (6391) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - FEB 16, 2009
Pours clear dark burgundy with a thick tan head. The aroma is heavy on the spices (seems like nutmeg and a bit of allspice), toasty malt and a hint of sweetness. Medium grainy body with some medium intensity carbonation. The taste starts with toasted malt, then an absolute onslaught of spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamon) and is quite dry. The finish is overbearing with spice with a bit of sweetness and orange peel showing through. This would be better if the spices werenít so overwhelming.

3.3
ben4321 (6391) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Location: 12 oz bottle from Buy Rite, 12/23/12, 2012 Bottle (Bottled 11/13/12)

Aroma: The nose is holiday spice, cinnamon, brown sugar, some gingerbread, toffee, and honey
Appearance: It pours a dark reddish-brown color with a small beige head and mild lace
Flavor: It tastes rather sweet, with a malty presence and most of the same spice notes as the nose
Palate: The body is medium, with average-plus carbonation, and a lightly dry, tingly finish
Overall Impression: This is a pretty decent holiday spice beer. I really couldnít find a ton to criticize here, but it is a bit sweet for my tastes. Overall though, thereís a nice spice component, some good sweetness, and just a little bit of hops to keep it from getting way too sweet. It kind of has a wheat wine-type sweetness/booziness, though the alcohol is well-hidden. Interesting stuff for sure.


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