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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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
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 youd 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
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. id say theres 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scipio (1013) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2014
Pours a deep, clear, copper in color with a medium beige head. The aroma has a holiday feel to it, with lots of cinnamon and spices, clove, ginger, nutmeg, and caramel. Taste is malty and still very Christmasy. It is a bit sweet. Its big on cinnamon, with gingerbread flavors standing out as well. Lesser impressions include clove, caramel, and cherry. Holiday spiciness is noticed throughout as well. The aftertaste is a short cinnamon and cherry. Medium bodied, a thicker texture, while average in carbonation. The alcohol content is really masked well here. I really enjoyed this one. This is easily one of the better Christmas beers that you will find.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kambei70 (1012) - - JAN 13, 2013
Did not enter comments at time of tasting. Will try again and enter more detailed notes. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
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
   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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiveacestx (970) - 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
xmarcnolanx (937) - 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
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.


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