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RATINGS: 55   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
umich03jm (3513) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - DEC 31, 2014
Bottle thanks to DrSilverworm. Murky dark brown pour with a small head that fades to a ring and leaves some lacing. Aroma is mostly winter spices with some caramel and red fruit mixed in. Tastes like ginger, cinnamon, allspice, caramel, apples, and dark fruit. Not as overly spiced as some winter ales but its still a little more than Id like. Medium body. Decent winter ale.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ed5388 (3255) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - APR 21, 2013
12oz bottle. Pours a deep amber/brown with 2 fingers of off-white head. Aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, orange peel, vanilla and roasted malt. Taste mimics the nose, with some hints of allspice, and caramel malt.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Chudwick (2967) - Taylor Mill, Kentucky, USA - JAN 16, 2012
12oz bottle - pours amber with thin beige head. Aroma is ginger, orange and base malts. Balanced taste and noticeable. Bitter and dry finish. medium body and thin texture. I think this may well be the last beer I have from this style. Nothing to write home about.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Capa (2947) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - DEC 27, 2010
Fruits, light spice, lightly roasted malts in the aroma. Deep reddish brown color. Flavor has a nice amount of spices but they are restrained to a point that makes it a very drinkable beer. Light cinnamon, some nutmeg, molasses, lightly toasted malts, and fruity. Really nice winter beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 10, 2010
Bottle from Phaleslu- Dark amber pour, has a thin tan ring of head. Nose of caramel, molasses, spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, and rye bread. This is a sweet beer and sort of reminds me of a dark pumpkin ale. The flavour profile has lots of spice and rye bread qualities, molasses,toast, some dark fruits, and mild bitterness from hops. Medium bodied, sweet finish that has some bitterness lingering. A nice treat. Thanks Peter!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JMerritt (1941) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2012
Thanks to Narnad for this bottle. Dark chestnut brown in color with a very large, light tan head that is fizzy yet long-lasting. The ginger aroma was striking, and very noticeable as soon as I opened the bottle. After I poured the beer, and let it breathe a little bit, I got notes of cocoa nibs, gingerbread, fresh plums and raisins - a truly nice blend of winter aromas. The juicy plums give a particularly bright aspect to the nose that cuts through the spiciness. Some coffee and earthy hops are the first flavors the greet your tongue, quickly followed by light metallics, anise, bakers chocolate, bitter orange peel, and graham cracker. Lingering finish has some slight off-putting sweetness that doesnt work for me and literally left a bad taste in my mouth for what was generally a solid winter ale.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wxman (1769) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2015
Pours a clear reddish orange with an antique lace head. Aroma is Christmas spices: cinnamon, cloves and a bit of ginger. Taste carries the spices as well, along with sweet caramel malt, mild hops and some alcohol in the back. A decent winter ale.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
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 its heavy enough to hold the flavors. Overall the spices arent overpowering but the ginger is pretty strong and is the most prevalent flavor in the brew. It doesnt combine very well with other spices present, creating a slightly off putting flavor.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
60minuteman (1430) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Bottle. Gifted. Malt and light hop presence. A little bitter, pretty sweet. Spice and cinnamon/sugar. Pine, ginger definitely. Not bad. Good winter ale, could be a session beer, but the sweetness is too much for me

3.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
matthewjk (1086) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 4, 2012
poured from single 12oz bottle - Not bad: spicy, fresh, even and a bit understated. Mt. Carmel, you are coming along pretty well, keep working on it!


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