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RATINGS: 266   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A warming winter ale that blends the spices of the season with sweet caramel malt. Orange peel, juniper berries, ginger root, cardamom and cloves are added to spiciness.

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2.9
ContemplateBeer (2089) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 4, 2010
Aroma of curacao, cloves, nutmeg and citrus hops. Appearance is dark brown with tan head. Flavor matches the nose, but with more sweet, bready malt. Palate is creamy. Alright.

3.7
VengefulOdin (193) - , Missouri, USA - DEC 4, 2010
12 ounce bottle poured into a basic tumbler glass. Aroma is primarily orange and clove - not surprising considered those spices are used in the brewing of the beer. First taste yields a surprising amount of bitterness followed by a hefty and clear amount of alcohol warmth. Heavy handed carbonation keeps things from getting overpowered. Graham cracker sweetness starts up front, giving way to a cinnamon bitterness. Reminds me of their Pumpkin Ale, though with a slightly different spicing regimin. If I had to choose between the two I’d go with the Pumpkin, though this certainly isn’t bad by any stretch of the imagination.

3.8
Drake (13739) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 30, 2010
12 ounce bottle from Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a clear orangish-amber color with a medium frothy head. Fair head retention and lacing. Big orange and clove in the aroma with some caramel and toast and some floral hops. The taste is caramel, toasted malts, citrus, clove, cinnamon, cherries. Faintly bitter hop finish. Medium-full bodied. Nice beer. Christmasy indeed.

3.4
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 29, 2010
Pours a transparent deep copper amber with a spotty-lacing off-white head. Has a lightly sweet toasty caramel malty nose with a hint of butterscotch and nutmeg. Starts with pretty good fullness and a light toasty caramel sugar sweetness with some cinnamon, clove and orange spice before a drier more bitter finish. Could be a little smoother, but is still a pretty decent Christmas ale.

3.8
Finhead (1763) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2010
A clear, amber pour with off-white head. The aroma is filled with cloves, spicy hops, and light pumpkin. It has average carbonation and a smooth finish. The full flavor has a mostly sweet taste along with a mixture spices.

3.3
TheBeerGod (6224) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 23, 2010
Bottle. Translucent copper. Very small, foamy white head. Aroma is very spicy but clove and cinnamon stand out. There’s also sweet malt, light caramel, hints of ginger and nutmeg. Taste is big cinnamon, clove and nutmeg with spicy hops, light ginger, sweet malt and caramel. Body is medium with a moderate, bubbly carbonation. Ends with more clove and cinnamon, light spicy hops, nutmeg and caramel.

3.2
Travlr (24866) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 22, 2010
Draft at Churchkey. Clear dark golden color, huge beige head with poor retention. Aroma of Christmas fruitcake. Taste is a strange mixture of licorice, peppermint candy, chocolate, pine and citrus. Mediocre.

3.2
douglas88 (9192) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 18, 2010
Bottle. Pours a cloudy orange color with a medium white head that dies down. A sweet clove and nutmeg nose along with caramel. Smooth and easy; spices, especially cloves, some light pine and caramel. Nice.

3
rubbishystuff (2538) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 26, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2015 If you like spiced beers this may be your thing. I don’t think it was bad but it was a bit over spiced for me. Serving: Bottle

3.2
jsquire (4490) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAY 7, 2010
"bottled with love on Oct 31 2007" It was a deep golden beer until I poured the yeast in and it got really murky. Big, fluffy off white head. Has the spicey pie nose of a pumpkin beer with extra orange peel. I enjoy spiced beers as a rule, and this hits all that you would expect from a spiced, holiday beer. Strong orange notes, cinnimon and clove spices, melted toffee sweetness, but the spice does seem a little muted by age I would guess. I would like to try this fresher. Still a flavorful example of the style. Thanks to foppa78 for the bottle.


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