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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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3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Patrickctenchi (6510) - Coxs Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - NOV 22, 2015
Bottle: Pours slightly reddish-brown with a small tan head. Cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel scent....very spicy. Sweet caramel malt, spicy orange-peel, clove taste. Just on the verge of being overblown with the spicing.....the cinnamon is almost gritty...Finishes with a slight grain alcohol note and strong holiday spices...Pretty good, but not one Id pick repeatedly.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BVery (10201) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - APR 26, 2015
Bottle. Excellent holiday seasonal. Murky amber - brown pour with a smallish white head. Lots of nutmeg, fig, cardamom, clove, hint of citrus. Yummy.

3.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
obguthr (6233) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - MAR 6, 2015
Banana, ginger, and clove nose. Clear rust, thin yellow head. Clove, fig, cardamom. Medium body, well carbonated. Nice, and holds up well.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
BOSSbrewer (2705) - Arkansas, USA - JAN 17, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours a brown amber with a thin tan head. Aroma is spices with cardamom and cloves very prominent. Also cinnamon. I hate Christmas beers and this was no exception. The spices just overwhelm this. Nasty. And I generally love Schlafly, but this is just yucky.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
yespr (44033) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JAN 11, 2015
From tap. Pours clear golden deep amber with a small off white head. Aroma is spiced. Nutmeg and cinnamon like. Vague butterish. Toasted malty. Caramelish. Sweet finish. Not my thing.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 13/20
coachd (773) - Missouri, USA - DEC 27, 2014
Bright aroma of berries, ginger, cloves and everything else in the description. Like a Christmas cookie. Pours a brilliant brown color with an off white medium sized head of foam. Tastes like the Christmas cookie spice from the aroma, hops, sweet malt and orange peel. Palate is terrible; I dont know why it has to be so watery. This is interesting but I dont know if I will be seeking it out again.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stldicedealer (30) - Missouri, USA - DEC 25, 2014
Looks and smells like a Christmas fruitcake. Pours dark with a nice head and decent lacing. Creamy mouth feel, slight alcohol on finish. Pretty good job of hiding 8% ABV. Nice drink around holidays

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerdedone (3381) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2014
Bottle. Pours copper brown with a small beige head. Aroma was sweet with caramel, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove and light toffee. Flavor was malty sweet with caramel, cloves, cinnamon, toffee, orange peel and some light fruit. A decent xmas brew.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nasmith003 (252) - Virginia, USA - DEC 23, 2014
ginger, clove, amber, clear, white foam, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, spicy, medium body, average carbonation, finishes with a light hop bite that doesnt quite overpower the malt.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - DEC 23, 2014
12oz bottle into a tulip. Pours a very dark brown with abundant carbonation leading to a long-lasting head with plenty of lacing on the sides of the glass. Aroma at first strikes me as soapy but farther along there is some cinnamon and clove along with honey. Maybe just a light touch of pine. All of it is a bit light, though. The flavor closely resembles the nose with the spices equally light. Cinnamon and clove once again dominate but they just dont really have any staying power. Gingerbread seems to be a lingering quality with a silky and spritzy mouthfeel. Thankfully the sweetness is held in check with just a brief shot of alcohol towards the finish. Overall, a very standard Christmas ale that is pretty drinkable. For me, though, I prefer something a bit heartier that packs a bigger punch in this style.


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