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RATINGS: 265   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
radagast83 (8624) - 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.

3.4
AirForceHops (8033) - 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.

2.7
Ernest (7889) - 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.

3.6
GenDV138 (7828) - 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
Strykzone (7797) - 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.

3.4
CaptainCougar (7634) - 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.

3.6
Radek Kliber (7501) - 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.

3.2
Iphonephan (7475) - 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 (7209) - 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.


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