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RATINGS: 53   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 342   ABV: 11.4%
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Developed by Barley’s Smokehouse and Brewery. Imported malts and choice fresh hops dance with fresh ginger, hand-peeled orange zest, whole cinammon sticks and organic buckwheat honey.

Have you ever heard the most famous story of Saint Nicholas?

Saint Nicholas is the common name for Nicholas of Myra, a Lycian saint and Bishop of Myra in Lycia of Anatolia (modern-day Antalya province, Turkey, though at the time it was a Greek-speaking Roman Province). Because of the many miracles attributed to his intercessions, he is also known as Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker. He had a reputation for secret gift-giving.

His most famous exploit is told as follows.

A poor man had three daughters but could not afford a proper dowry for them. This meant that they would remain unmarried and probably, in absence of any other possible employment would have to become prostitutes. Hearing of the poor man’s plight, Nicholas decided to help him but being too modest to help the man in public, he went to his house under the cover of night and threw a purse filled with gold coins through the window opening into the man’s house, as his oldest daughter came of age. He did this again when the second daughter came of age. The third time the father lay in wait, trying to discover the identity of their benefactor.

Nicholas learns of the poor man’s plan and drops the third bag down the chimney instead; the daughter had washed her stockings that evening and hung them over the embers to dry, and the bag of gold fell into the stocking. For his help to the poor, Nicholas is the patron saint of pawnbrokers; the three gold balls traditionally hung outside a pawnshop symbolize the three sacks of gold. People began to suspect he was behind a large number of anonymous gifts to the poor; after he died, people in the region continued to give to the poor anonymously, and such gifts were still often attributed to Saint Nicholas.

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3.5
DialSquare (5062) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 5, 2016
On tap at the source: copper pour, tan head. caramel, cinnnamon, little wood, ginger, touch enamel but doesn’t detract. sweet malty, dark fruit. boozy warm.

4.2
Shot (540) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2013
On tap at Barley’s Smokehouse, Columbus. Cloudy reddish brown with a very thin head that completely dissipates. Aromas of candy apple, cinnamon and clove. Flavors are candy malt, honey apple, and cinnamon with a bit of citrus and ginger in the finish. Very boozy with noticeable warmth. Very nice.

3.7
bleeng (1682) - Seattle still not near Beersel., Washington, USA - MAY 8, 2011
Cask at the Smokehouse. Hazy copper with no head. Nose of old ale-sweet and sugary. Taste is sweet but not cloying with barrel aging evident. Virtually no carbonation. Full body and a dry finish. Almost sherry-like and a nice sipper..

4.2
JaBier (8027) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2009
On tap at the Smokehouse. Clear amber pour with a thin beige head. Heavily spiced aroma of ginger, cinnamon and sweet malt. Sweet malt flavor with ginger, cinnamon and honey with clean, semi-dry finish. Exactly what I want for this style: lots of spice but finishes clean and dry enough that you can drink a couple.

3.3
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - APR 28, 2008
20070519 Bottle thanks to Paul. Spicy, dry stuff. Cinnamon and ginger apparent, it’s a bit like a ginger snap cookie. Nice aroma for a spiced brew.

3.7
Tmoney99 (14604) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 5, 2008
Draft at Alehouse #2. Poured dark brown color with a medium frothy brown head that lasted and produced good lacing. Moderate complex spicy, nutmeg and honey aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture. Moderate spicy sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of modeate duration. This is a solid beer.

3.6
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 12, 2007
On tap @ the Smokehouse: Pours a deep brown with no head. Aroma, brown sugar, caramel, some spice, ginger. Flavor, caramel, sweet malts, brown sugar, nice hints of spices, some fruits, molasses. Very tasty.

3.4
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - MAY 20, 2007
bottle shared by Dickinsonbeer. Aroma is lightly oxidized malts, caramel, ginger, and some other spices. Taste is malty and spicy, a bit of oxidation.

3.3
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 19, 2007
Pours a moderate to deep amber with a thin white head, and some spotty lace. Aroma is tons of ginger and some orange zest, herbal tea and flowery. More tea flavors, ginger root, earth, crystal malt, alcohol isnt too apparant despite the 11+%. Not that great.

3.7
holdenn (2116) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2007
Handbottle thanks to xnoxhate for sharing this. Pours an amber orange with no head. Carmelized notes toffee, red fruit, cookie, and spice. Sweet malty flavors bread, toffee, carmel, vanilla, bourbon, orange citrus, and red apples. Medium body and pretty tasty overall. Thanks devon!


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