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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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yespr (45425) - 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.

3.2
anders37 (26605) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 7, 2014
Bottle @ RBSG Grand Tasting. Vintage 2007. Pours an amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy caramel aroma. Fruity malty spicy caramel flavor. Has a fruity malty spicy caramel finish.

3.2
Travlr (24691) - 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.

3.4
Oakes (17664) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 2, 2009
Vibrant opaque amber. No head. Light malt and light spice on the nose. Balanced, herbal character with a spicy finish. Good malt signature. Nice balance.

3.4
jtclockwork (16581) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 14, 2012
Bottle. Pours dark amber with tan head. Nose/taste of cinnamon, clove, caramel, nutmeg and sweet malt. Spices seem fresh and authentic. Medium body.

2.8
brokensail (16449) - Dublin, California, USA - JUL 5, 2014
Bottle @ RBSG 2014 Grand Tasting. Amber pour with a khaki head. Nose is heavy on the nutmeg, clove, and cinnamon. A bit of sweet yam casserole. Toasted malt and caramel, too. Flavor has somewhat of a spiciness to it, light tang, and plenty of sweetness. Reminds me of sweet potatoes with pineapple. Nutmeg, cinnamon, and a touch of vanilla. Too much sugar.

3.4
bhensonb (15190) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 14, 2009
Thanks again to Acknud for this bottle. Nice copper color with a decent beige head. Aromas of orange and clove. Near medium body with frothy/creamy carbonation. Flavor is orange zest and clove to me. There’s a roasted malt backbone. Finishes with something tending towards bitter that might be hop. Sort of a lighter version of the style. Quite tasty.

3.4
Tmoney99 (14460) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2007
Bottle. Poured dark amber hue with a moderate creamy off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Heavy spicy citrus aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture. Heavy sweet spicy flavor and an average sweet finish of moderate duration. Interesting drinkable spicy brew.

3.9
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 6, 2012
Draft. Clear amber body, medium beige head, nice lacing. Aroma is medium sweet, grapefruit/orange, some earthy, caramel, light cardamom. Taste is moderately sweet, orange/grapefruit, malty/caramel. Medium body, quite drinkable.

3.8
Drake (13728) - 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.


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