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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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3.6
Radek Kliber (7368) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JAN 11, 2011
Bottle 355 ml
Aroma pleasant Christmas beer aroma with its sweet malts , pumpkin cake , spices with bit of hop and alcohol.7+
Appearance nice crystal hue on amber , bright white cap , some lace.4-
Flavor and Palate : medium full bodied. Smooth creamy sweet body a la festive cake. Yet no too sweet , lightly spiced to character, alcohol is present but not over the top. Good seasonal ale.

3.4
Strykzone (7364) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2006
This is a beautiful beer. Dark reddish brown in color it has a rich thick foamy head. The aroma is very spicey and sweet. Some cinnamon is evident as are cloves. Hops add just a hint of tartness. There is a chemical flavor that is unpleasant but it is faint. Mouth feel is creamy and smooth. A slight bitter aftertaste has a short life after each taste. As the beer warmed some sweet malts came to the forefront. The chemical flavor never quite disappears but that is the only real negative against this beer.

3.6
GenDV138 (7285) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 15, 2015
4 oz pour on draft at Spacebar. Clear amber with beige head. Aromas of cinnamon, caramel, spices, light biscuit. Tastes of malt, caramel, spices, brown sugar. Medium body with a dry finish.

3.4
AirForceHops (7244) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 28, 2013
12 oz. bottle compliments to Queenholly. As I popped the cap I could smell the spices. Nothing like a little Christmas in February! Nice amber pour with thick fluffy head that fizzled and slowly died. Nose is clove, spice and caramel. The orange peel is the main spice I get followed by nutmeg and cinnamon with light toffee notes from the malt. Lightly dry finish. I like that this brewer took a slightly different take on a spiced brew. Reminds me a bit of spiced cake. It drinks like a 5 % brew. Overall, I enjoyed this.

3.4
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 29, 2010
Pours a transparent deep copper amber with a spotty-lacing off-white head. Has a lightly sweet toasty caramel malty nose with a hint of butterscotch and nutmeg. Starts with pretty good fullness and a light toasty caramel sugar sweetness with some cinnamon, clove and orange spice before a drier more bitter finish. Could be a little smoother, but is still a pretty decent Christmas ale.

3.2
Iphonephan (6989) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2013
From a 12 oz bottle shared at home. Pours a clear deep amber with an ecru head. Spicy nose. Flavors of cinnamon, cloves, cranberry and orange zest. Medium bodied, high carbonation, effervescent finish.

3.3
wlajwl (6816) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - DEC 8, 2011
Heavily spiced in aroma. The flavor is much the same as the aroma with a bit of vegetables and a decent malty backbone. A bit too spicy and the hint of vegetables takes it down a bit, but its still pretty decent.

2.9
kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2014
Bottle. Pours a clear dark ruby body with a small fizzy off-white head that faded pretty quickly. The nose is a full on Christmas spice assault, heavy nutmeg and cinnamon for the most part. Orange peel, clove, and a light pine tree note as well. The flavor is super spicy as well with a base maltiness that’s slightly sweet and toasty with a bit of graininess. The dominant spice in the flavor is a tie between cinnamon and clove. Finishes with a spicy and slightly sweet lingering maltiness. No real indication that this is in the 8% ABV range. Medium bodied with a slight stickiness, fizzy moderate carbonation. Can’t get into this one too much, it’s just a little too heavy on the spicing for my tastes.

3.1
Patrickctenchi (6593) - Cox’s 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 I’d pick repeatedly.

3.7
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 12, 2009
Bottle and served in my Corsendonk XMAS Ale glass: Nice coppery hue with a fading frothy head and minimal lace. The aroma has notes of sweet malt, light clove and orange zest, walnuts, herbal hops, and some banana yeast esters. The taste is moderately caramel sweet and a bit fruity with a mild spicy finish and very slight alcohol note. There is a bit of a chalky character about this as well. The mouth feel works well within the structure of the flavor profile, lively enough but not hard carbonation with a dryish finish and light warming. Overall, it is better than expected and a beer I will enjoy throughout the Holidaze.


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