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RATINGS: 267   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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3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jsquire (4334) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
misterbeer (313) - greenwood, Indiana, USA - FEB 28, 2010
12 ounce bottle A amber color white head taste of spice,clove, caramel, sweet,fruit nice winter beer

1.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
Stellaaaa (270) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 13, 2010
Pours a clear amber with little head. It has a faint aroma of cloves. The taste is of sweetened clove water.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluejacket74 (1955) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2010
12 ounce bottle, bottled on 11/12/2009. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a mostly clear amber color with about a half inch off-white head. Lacing and head retention are both decent. Aroma is very sweet and spicy, I can smell cloves, cinnamon, orange peel, and some ginger. It tastes pretty much the same as it smells, but the clove flavor is the strongest. Also, I think it tastes more spicy than sweet. Mouthfeel/body is medium, its a bit coating and is well carbonated. Drinkability is good, the alcohol in this brew is well hidden. However due to the amount of spice in this beer, I dont think I could drink more than 2 or 3 of these at a time. With that being said, I think this is a good overall brew, and Ill have to pick some more up next year.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Beerona97 (2398) - Washington, USA - JAN 15, 2010
Clear amber/ruby, thick beige head. Aroma of caramel, ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon. Taste is bitter burnt malt, tart berry and sweet syrup. Thin body, sweet finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
patrick767 (4038) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 12, 2010
bottle - Pours light amber and has an aroma of spices, orange, and malt. The flavor is sweet and spicy with distinctly caramel malt. I can definitely notice some of that 8% abv but its not a strong alcohol flavor and it works. This medium to full bodied brew has a touch of hops and makes for a nice winter warmer.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JAN 9, 2010
2008 bottle via trade. One of those messy, spicey, pumpkin pie, holiday brews. Not my style. No good.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Barrios (1243) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 5, 2010
Pours a lacing off-white head with a clear copper body. Aromas of caramel, vegetal, ginger, pine. Flavor is malt, toffee, toast, spice, ginger, nutmeg. Finish is smooth and malty.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 23, 2009
bottle thanks to Keir, pours carmel brown with a medium off white head. Aroma is brown sugar and clove. Flavors are nice with gingerbread and sweet candied sugar with a lightly clove spiced finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skyview (5834) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - DEC 22, 2009
From a 12-oz bottle pours a semi-clear amber colored brew with a thin off-white head that has some nice lacing and film top after dissipation. Aroma of orange zest, caramel malt, some herbs, raisin and a hint of clove. Taste is medium bodied, light carbonation with flavors of mincemeat pie filling (raisins, cloves, spices) some caramel, toffee and orange zest. Finish is semi-sweet with a crisp orange zest and clove aftertaste. Quite enjoyable.


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