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RATINGS: 54   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3/5   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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3.6
DrSilverworm (10000) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2011
12oz bottle. Nice, mostly hazy mahogany color, a minimal kahki head, leaving a solid row of lace. UNIQUE aroma for the ubiquitous winter ale. Very distinct gingerbread aroma, then some molasses. I like it! Carbonation is bordering on pronounced, but it’s not too bad... Good texture, otherwise. Definitely some orange, and other spices. Nice sweet taste. A solid winter ale, very good to drink.

3.4
b3shine (9281) - 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.

3.3
Ibrew2or3 (8913) - 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.

3.7
JaBier (8396) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2011
Bottle purchased as part of a mixed 6 at Kroger Polaris. Pours a clear reddish copper with a medium tan head. Aroma is caramel, ginger, honey and light berry. Malty and caramelly flavor with some pear and ginger character along with some crisp hops before a spicy semi-dry finish.

2.8
AmEricanbrew (7080) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JAN 1, 2011
Courtesy of Exiled. Clear carmel color/ no head. Sour fruit, sweet spicy carmel aromas. medium bodied with average co2. Toasted carmel flavors with mildly astringent winter spices.

2.8
Patrickctenchi (6812) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - DEC 30, 2013
Pours deep, almost clear copper/chestnut with a thick, light tan head. Light nutmeg, cinnamon, red cedar aroma. Taste is caramel malt, holiday spices.....ginger. ....it’s OK, but has a chalky, medicinal feel to it. Sort of a dusty bitter. So-so.

3.5
blutt59 (6609) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2011
bottle, thanks to exiled, amber color with white foam, aroma and flavor of cinnamon and spicy pumpkin with some malt, decent finish

3.1
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.

3.8
superspak (6232) - Waterford, 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.

2.2
cheap (6216) - CHINA - 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.


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