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RATINGS: 262   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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2.9
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
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAY 30, 2007
2006 Bottle: Lets see how the spice additions have held up in this one. Pours a clear amber with a thick, inch high head. The nose is spicy interesting, almost like the old red cinnamon candy that you’d get at Halloween. The spicy cinnamon carries though to the body, where notes of clove, rindy orange, and bready malts join the party. The spices are nice here, but a more hefty malt middle would definitely be welcome. This would be nice around the fire though.

3.4
sersdf (1020) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2009
hey, maybe my first schlafly. got this in KY. poured fridge temp. looks slightly opaque and cherry wood red. minimal head. smells subtley of hard candy, tho my nose is a bit stuffed. i’d say there’s some spice and maybe ginger in there. not bad. tastes like a 3.5, maybe 3.4. reasonably sweet but not cloyingly so. a bit of belgian candi sugar flavor. alright, and the punch is nice.

2.9
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUN 1, 2008
Pours a redder coppery brown with a thin white film of a head. The nose is sweet with lots of ginger. Toasty, malty, with a bit of orange peel and a bit more cloves. Something resembling burnt socks, slightly. The mouthfeel is creamy, full and smooth. The flavor is a lot like the nose, only those socks come through more, and they are toasted, not burned. The flavors are still very ginger dominated. A bit of spice in other directions, though more subtle. Lingering sweetness. The 8% is well enough hidden.

3.5
502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - NOV 27, 2008
12 oz bottle. Nice clear dark amber with fervent rising carbonation and a good creamy head that settles pretty quickly to a thin layer. Nice aroma of doughy cake malt with some nice hops too. Flavor is fine, no flaws, but pretty weak without much character. Amazingly, no trace of alcohol (at 8%) really. Nice mouthfeel but a bit thin on the palate. Overall: dangerously drinkable.

3.3
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 don’t 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.

3.7
fiveacestx (972) - Texas, USA - APR 9, 2012
Bottle from Kier - pours dark orange with a medium head. Has an aroma of spice and a taste of gingerbread. Medium body and a smooth finish. I had this beer in April but it definitely took me back to December!

3.4
xmarcnolanx (940) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - OCT 7, 2007
2006 bottle, sampled tonight, oct 25th 2006 is the brew date. So, nearly a year old. Aroma is fantastic deep caramel and sweet hops. Taste is very similar, but the spices have dropped a little. The clove and coriander are not that present, but somewhat there in the background. Everything about this beer is great, up until I swallow. Finishes crisp and slightly wet and spicy, but then, nothing! Jesus, where did the beer go I just drank? Very decent start, then disappointing finish. Make this a few degrees "bigger in the body, add some stinky hops, age it for a few years, and this could be very solid.

3.5
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - DEC 9, 2009
12oz bottle (Bottled with love on 11 12 2009) served in an English pint glass. Clear copper pour with a thin head of tan foam that quickly faded away into a flimsy film. Minimal, slippery lacing. The aroma had a strong spicy nose of cinnamon, nutmeg, rich caramel, toffee, and some faint citrus. The flavor was full of thick toffee and caramel wrapped in orange zest and spices. Not overly spiced, but there was a distinct note of cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg. Also some spicy noble hops that tingle the tongue at the finish. Full-bodied, oily mouthfeel with a decent amount of carbonation. Pretty well made, especially if you like a spiced winter warmer.

3.1
coachd (907) - 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 don’t know why it has to be so watery. This is interesting but I don’t know if I will be seeking it out again.


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