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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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3.9
sebletitje (10285) - Enghien, BELGIUM - NOV 30, 2008
courtesy of hwwty4. Pours orange/brown with tan head. Aroma was loaded with nice piney hops. It almost felt like taking a walk in a pine forest, the aroma was that strong. Taste is hoppy, comes off well balanced with the malts and some spices (cinnamon). Really loved this one.

3.7
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2011
12oz bottle. Bottled 11/14/11. Clear red / amber color with lots of floating sediment. Minimal off-white head, leaving a bit of lace. Lighter carbonation. Nice, fruity citrus aftertaste. I really enjoy the orange-peel aroma in this, accompanied with spicy cloves and good malt body accentuated by the hops. A mild sweet taste. Great christmas ale.

3.2
douglas88 (9572) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 18, 2010
Bottle. Pours a cloudy orange color with a medium white head that dies down. A sweet clove and nutmeg nose along with caramel. Smooth and easy; spices, especially cloves, some light pine and caramel. Nice.

2.3
solidfunk (9363) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - NOV 2, 2016
Gingerbread bullshit with icing. Clove and ginger are high here, in other words, and mash malt pervasive. Sweet tangy finish with spice. Bottle.

3.1
b3shine (9073) - Indiana, USA - JAN 7, 2017
Draft to taster at Schlafly Bottleworks. Looks solid; a mostly transparent caramelish orange with very light caramel head that steadily dissipates into lacing. Smells malty with notes of caramel, ginger, clove, and citrus. Winter Warmer-esque. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied. Decent, but unmemorable.

3.3
drowland (8955) - 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.

3.5
nimbleprop (8723) - 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.

3.3
drfabulous (8481) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 23, 2007
Moderately spiced ale. Not as intense as Anchor’s release this year...and that may be a good thing. Whereas I found Anchor’s too intense and too spice-cake like, this one is a bit more pleasant. Though it doesn’t work as hard to differentiate itself from Schlafly’s basic pale ale...it is decent. Maybe I should age a couple.

3.6
radagast83 (8301) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 12, 2010
Draft. Poured a medium-dark golden color with a medium sized head. Aroma has citrus, notes of pine, malts. Flavor is heavy on the orange, with notes of holiday spices and a touch of candy.

2.7
Ernest (7791) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 3, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2016 Bottle (Oct 2015 bottling). Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is dark amber. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (cookie, caramel), with notes of allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, light note of metal shavings. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately to heavily bitter, spicy. Medium to full body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic, slightly metallic. Bit of a metallic twang to this one, and it’s a spice bomb without much else going on. Rather harsh spice bitterness in the finish. Not terrible, but not very good either.


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