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RATINGS: 264   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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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluejacket74 (1882) - 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 (4032) - 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 (5706) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2009
12 oz bottle from 12/04/08. Pours a lightly cloudy golden brown with a small off white head. Aroma of light spices, beautiful compared to some of those heavily spiced x-mas ales. Some zesty fruitiness adds freshness and a fruitcake character provides a solid malt backbone. Flavor starts with a nice soft dark fruit profile before picking up some of the clove and light cinnamon character. The flavorful hops come to the forefront in the finish with an earthy and herbal note. Finishes clean and malty, very little bitterness. Medium slightly sticky body and a soft carbonation. Really well done Christmas Ale, Im sure a year has helped it as well.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kevster (344) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2009
Bottle: Pours a clear copper with a small off-white head that leaves nice lacing. Aroma is citrusy with hints of spices. Rich flavor is sweet with a citrusy hops in the creamy mouthfeel and finishes with some spiciness in the mild dry finish. Very flavorable and enjoyable.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 12, 2009
copper pour with a medium off white head. Aroma is strong clove and orange peel. light malt sweetness, hint of herbal hop. Flavour is light roasted maltiness, some toasty caramel, candied orange, spice. For what it is...I really enjoy this beer.


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