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RATINGS: 265   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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3.5
nimbleprop (8949) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 19, 2009
12oz 2008 Vintage scored via extra in a trade. Pours a translucent, muddy, copper amber with a creamy, lacing, slightly off white head. Smells like a christmas cookie, ginger, cake icing, sweet, cookie dough, grains, spices, nutmeg. Flavor starts like a beer (grains, caramel, toast, crackers) and ends like a christmas cookie (nutmeg, caramel, cake icing, ginger). Smooth mouthfeel, a little lingering sweetness. For a Christmas beer I really liked it.

3.7
GJF (1520) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - NOV 16, 2009
On tap at the brewery, the day after its 2009 release. I really loved this. Thick, fruity, with a spicy finish with just a touch of alcohol warming.

3.2
thedm (6319) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 20, 2009
This draft brew from the brewery poured a small sized head of foamy finely sized off-white colored bubbles that were mostly diminishing and left behind a transparent uncarbonated golden . The mild aroma was malty mild spice and metallic. The crisp mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish. The flavor contained notes of malt hops and spices. A decent one that I would consider buying again.

3.3
drowland (9186) - Georgia, USA - AUG 13, 2009
This is one crazy cat. It says it’s a brown ale with stuff added, but you don’t get much of the brown. You definitely get the orange, and the spices AND the spiciness of the hops make these crazy phenols jump out which make it smell and taste almost like a solid Belgian Wit. Crazy.

3.8
esjaygee (3902) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 16, 2009
Mega particulate laden pumpkin orange with a slowly degenerating tan pile of foam that leaves some patchy lacing. Aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, orange, other assorted spices along with heavy clove and mild pumpkin. Taste is heavily spiced but not too over the top as it comes across as a very drinkable malty concoction. Heavy spice and cloves with with sweet malt and a touch of alcohol. Finishes up spicy and that lingers on for awhile.

3.1
aaronhaywood (74) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUN 2, 2009
A very pumpkiny brew. Very spicy aftertatse. Nice orangy look to it. I would probably enjoy it more at Christmas time. It is now June.

3.7
GodOfThunder (1271) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 15, 2009
Thanks to JMFG, I think. Winter spices in the aroma with some spruce. Taste is also fairly spicy.

2.4
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 14, 2009
Brown color with a spicy, cinnamon-sweet aroma. Flavor is a mess of spices with cinnamon and lots of orangey-candy-sugary messiness. Too messy to be worth drinking.

3.5
Cletus (6368) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 31, 2009
Bottle courtesy of beastiefan2k. Pours light brown with a persistent white head. Smells of spice, fruit, sweet malt. Tastes of spice, cinnamon, sweet malt, earthy. This one’s a straight shooter.

3.4
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - MAR 22, 2009
Cloudy light amber color, broken white head. Light spice and grain aroma, mild toastiness. Taste follows suit, a bit more earthy, a lot of cinnamon. A decent spiced ale.


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