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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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3.2
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - NOV 21, 2008
Bottle. Poured a clear dark orange brown color with a fizzy off white head. Smelled of brown sugar, cranberry, orange, and clove. Medium bodied and dry with burning raw alcohol. Moderately carbonated with mild bitterness. Orange liqueur and clove flavors predominated.

3.2
vyvvy (6778) - St. Louis, 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 weren’t so overwhelming.

3.1
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.

3.1
TURDFERGUSON (4068) - 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.

3.1
JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2007
Bought this at the brewery. It had nice notes of honey and citrus on the nose after pourin deep brown. On the palate it seemed heavy with some notes of cloves, corriander, and nutmeg.

3.1
ganache (6071) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 27, 2008
Bottle. Spice aroma, nutmeg, orange, cherry, light honey. Deep murky mahogany brown tinged with ruby, and a lacing, nicely tanned head. Acidic, tart, even slightly whiskyish taste, sour cherries and oranges with allspice and a great deal of ginger. A little stale caramel. And man, kinda boozy! Guessing 9-10%. Light-medium body. I’m guessing this would pair well with certain types of holiday food, but here, in warmer times, she’s just out of place.

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

3.1
wlajwl (7127) - 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.

3.1
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

3.1
ryrpat (393) - 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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