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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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obisbeer (568) - Barcelona, SPAIN - NOV 26, 2004
Nice rich brown with thick white head. Nose of clove, cinnanmon, and malt. Heavey mouthfeel with sweet mid palate and drying spicey finish. Flavors of malt, clove, orange spice, cinnamon, malt and honey like vanilla. Not bad though almost overdone.

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TURDFERGUSON (4058) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 19, 2007
Bonus bottle from Hopscotch. Thanks Eric! Poured a big amber with a huge, 2 inch thick gargantuan off white head. that shows no sign of fading soon. Aroma is very sweet ( i can smell it from a foot away) with lot of spices, honey, nutmeg. Head hasnt moved a 1/4 of an inch. Tastes almost like a cold, alcoholic mulled cider with spices, though the high abv is not particularly noticeable. I usually hate this style. This is a well made spiced beer, bit still, I just dont dig it. A little overcarbonated and a bit of an icky palate.

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kp (10882) - 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

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wlajwl (6809) - 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, would’ve been better without the vegetable flavor.

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Rrauth (1196) - North Carolina, USA - SEP 18, 2012
Bottle. Nice beer. This brew would be cool to age in rum barrels. Warms my tummy. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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ryrpat (372) - 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

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conway (2210) - - JAN 3, 2015
Bottle. Dark brown with a thin off white head. Aroma is ginger and clove. Taste adds a hint of orange and honey. Rich mouthfeel and light carb. Would be nice if the ginger wasn't so prominent but not bad.

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cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - SEP 25, 2003
I noticed a ton of honey and malt in the aroma, along with ginger. The brew itself was heavily cinnamon and nutmeg spiced, although it was tempered with brown sugar and a boatload of ginger. Not a lot of breadiness though. Somewhat flat in texture, the orange aspect had grown a bit overwhelming during the year of aging. I'm not sure it is enough of a craft brew to be laid down. After tasting, I used a bit to flavor pumpkin bisque, it was delightful and added a lot of diminutive spice fullness. I wonder what it would be like added to carrot or pumpkin cake.

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sloth (2905) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - FEB 5, 2005
Small offwhite head thats short lived with little lace. Clear amber color. Spicey nose, nutmeg, cinnamon. Med/light body. Plenty of holiday spices on the palate iincluding but not limited too, cinnamon, ginger, coriander and the oblagitory nutmeg ! Fairly dry finish. 9.5% alcohol is well hidden. Guess i,m just not a spiced holiday brew kinda guy?

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RAYBOY01 (2011) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2005
Ginger, nutmeg, orange slices, on top of a rich caramel/toffee base. A bit of hop bite in the finish. Not a bad attempt at a winter warmer.


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