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RATINGS: 54   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This festive ale calls to mind the holiday season with scents of spruce and ginger mingling with the flavors of orange-spiced break and is the perfect complement to a frosty evening.

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3.2
BeerNutBob (10) - - DEC 28, 2012
Enjoyed this although it is on the light side for an ale. Nice combination of spices.

3.1
Narnad (1521) - Crystal Lake, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Pours a dark brown with a filmy, off-white head. Aroma has a lot of brown malt to it, ginger and a nose similar to oranges with clove pushed into them for the holiday season. Flavor has a very strong ginger kick to it to start. Malt comes in light as a whole with a mild orange and spicy kick late. Body is a bit light but it’s heavy enough to hold the flavors. Overall the spices aren’t overpowering but the ginger is pretty strong and is the most prevalent flavor in the brew. It doesn’t combine very well with other spices present, creating a slightly off putting flavor.

3.4
b3shine (8864) - Indiana, USA - OCT 20, 2012
Draft to taster. Looks solid; brown with ample beige head. Smells and tastes of malt, allspice, and honey with a solid mouthfeel. A nice winter warmer.

3.4
scottyshades (130) - Parkland, Florida, Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2012
Thanks to bamadog for the bottle! A: Pours a deep ruby/brown color with a small off-white cap. Retention is not too great S: Overripe red fruits and berries, lots of caramel, toffee, light molasses, caramel malts, and a touch of spice. The nose is a little shy, but seemingly balanced T: Thin flavor, but well done. An underlying sweetness, followed by a bit of spice and cocoa powder. Artificial red fruits and berries in the background. Malts give some sweetness and caramel flavor MF/D: Too thin for the style in my opinion, which is shocking considering the 8% ABV. Alcohol is well hidden throughout. Notes: Tasty beer, but nowhere near the likes of Cigar City’s Warmer Winter or Anchor’s Christmas Ale. Glad to try it, and thanks for the bottle bamadog

2.9
strangaj (250) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - MAR 2, 2012
The hint of orange peel does not compliment this beer, but rather clashes with the smooth malt. The ginger alone would have been sufficient to add a spice note to this brew.

3.4
slats1221 (60) - Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2012
Not terrible not great another review said it tasted watered down and I would have to agree. I prefer my Xmas ale’s along the Great Lakes line and this just isn’t there.

2.7
rondphoto (4431) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - FEB 10, 2012
Clear amber-brown with a persistent head, lace that slides back into the glass. The taste is a watered down Christmas Ale. Dark caramel malt with lght Christmas spices, no change through the finish, no bittering to speak of (even though it has a little bitterness from the onset). Very average.

3.3
BelgianBeerGal (4066) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2012
Local Belmont bottle. This was pretty nice overall. Maybe a little heavy and darker than expected. The ginger really added some spice to it as well. Fine.

2.2
cheap (5855) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2012
Wew, before I rate I see its 8%, now I’m biased. Sweet malty aroma. From a 12 oz brown bottle. Looks like a pretty dark beer in my iceland mug. Aftera few swigs, does not seem to be as high alky as I expected. Has a very nice quarter inch head that does not fade. Taste becomes a little medicine like as the session continues. Though malty, does not seem to be too much alky. I get along ok with this beer. It could be a little less caroub. Finish is just that, a finish; exactly what I want this weather to be. Like the other mount carmel beers I’ve had, on style and a little over the top in personality. I’ve got to say this is not over spiced like so many other winter beers I’ve had. Come on winter, lets get it over with.

3.8
superspak (5584) - Michigan, USA - JAN 17, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2012 12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating, but it is from 2011. Pours hazy brick red color with a nice 2 finger dense khaki head with incredible retention that reduces to a thick cap that lasts. Spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big ginger, cinnamon, caramel, nutmeg, honey, citrus, biscuit, and molasses. Fairly nice aromas with decent strength. Taste of big caramel, cinnamon, brown sugar, allspice, ginger, honey, light fruitiness, and herbal spice. Good amount of spices linger on the finish; with caramel, light fruits, cinnamon, ginger, and honey for a bit. Nice balance of flavor and spices here; turns out to be very smooth and drinkable, without being cloying. Alcohol is very well hidden for 8%, with only a slight warming after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a slightly creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Overall this is a very nice winter warmer. Plenty of spice character, yet still has nice malt balance.


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