RATINGS: 54   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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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Ibrew2or3 (8912) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 29, 2010
Courtesy of markwise. Pours deep dark amber with thin off white head. The aroma is a bit spicy with cinnamon and winter spices to go along with graham cracker, some caramel and breadiness. The taste has lots of winter spices (mostly cinnamon) followed by sweet malts and a thin layer of malt roastiness. This is a decent enough mild winter brew but not really equipped to deal with a real winter.

RKanis (152) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 20, 2010
Pours dark brown with reddish tints. Aroma is of ginger, sweet malt, nutmeg, and alcohol. Taste is like a liquid gingerbread man with a hint of alcohol. Real nice stuff.

daknole (11048) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 7, 2010
Extra from trade with phaleslu...thanks! Brown pour, small off white head. Burned caramel, vegetal notes, herbs and a bit of booze on the nose. Flavor is full of caramel, buchwheat pancakes and a very light bitter finish. Good beer.

markwise (5450) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 7, 2010
Extra from trade with phaleslu. Pours dark caramel amber brown with a tan head. Nose is caramel, spice, malt, and brown sugar. Flavor is similar with malt, spice, and molasses. Medium body and pretty nice overall.

sebletitje (10477) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAR 30, 2010
courtesy of markwise. pours amber, off-white head. Aroma light spices, malty caramel character. Found the aroma to be a little lacking, though the taste made up for it. Flavors, got a lot of nice winter spices, cinnamon, some caramel/toffee, chocolate. Lingering roasted malts, good balance with a mild caramel finish.

Cletus (6368) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 12, 2010
Pours reddish brown with a tan head. Smells of caramel, roses. Tastes of sweet malt, some spicy hints, nutty. Not much going on.

smith4498 (3697) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - FEB 18, 2010
Bottle from a trade with phaleslu. Pours dark reddish brown with tan head. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, bananas and some other spices. Lots of brown sugar and and caramel flavors with some spices. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Thanks Peter.

phaleslu (10895) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2013 12 oz. bottle from Ludlow Wines. Pours clear dark brown with a reddish tint and a small off-white head. Aroma of nutmeg, banana, spices, caramel malts, brown sugar, and a little earthy note. Flavor is sweet, with caramel malts, banana, brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, spices, and toast. Light-medium bodied, with light carbonation and a slightly sticky mouthfeel. Sweet finish. Pretty good. Re-rate: Better than I remembered. Nice spice-hop-malt balance. Good body, not overly spicy.

verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 30, 2010
Pours a clear dark amber with a lasting, one finger white head. Immediately hit with chocolate with caramel and dry roasted coffee. Pretty good on this cold evening.

kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 4, 2010

Date: January 01, 2010
Mode: Bottle
Source: Trade
Appearance: clear dark amber, fine beige head
Aroma: sweet caramel aroma, touch of rich candy caramel sweetness
Flavor: sweet caramel flavor, light spicyness, light bitterness
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Rating: 2.7/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ** /4

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