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RATINGS: 66   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Our holiday seasonal ale with cinnamon, honey, orange peel and fresh ginger has been tapped, so now the holiday season can officially begin! Cheers! From The BREW Kettle Family.

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3.3
Beerhunter111 (22987) - P´Castle, GERMANY - JAN 29, 2016
Many thanks to Erzengel for sharing!


Pours slightly hazy orange brown colour with a small creamy beige head. Aroma of ginger, cinnamon, dark malt, pumpkins. Taste of intense spicy malts, cinnamon, ginger, orange, pumpkins.

3.1
Tmoney99 (15043) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 1, 2007
Bottle from Brew Kettle. Poured dark amber hue with a moderate creamy off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate spicy citrus aroma. Medium body with a thin smooth texture. Moderate sweet spicy flavor and an average sweet finish of moderate duration. Interesting drinkable spicy brew.

3.6
Dogbrick (14019) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2011
Sample at Ale Wine & Spirits in Powell on 11/10/2011. The beer pours a clear dark amber color with a thin off-white head that dissipates to a film. Spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma of cinnamon, malt and fruit. Medium body with a sweet spiced character of ginger and cinnamon, plus flavors of caramel malt and a touch of fruit. The finish is sweet molasses and ginger. Above average overall.

3.5
BVery (11395) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - FEB 18, 2013
Bottle from Lizardville Rocky River. Clear amber pour with basically no head. The cinnamon, honey, and orange are all very present in their individual components. Pretty cool how easy it is to pick each out in this one. A little bit of caramel sweetness at the back end of the taste. Tasty stuff.

3
kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 9, 2008
Date: 02/23/2008
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party

Appearance: hazy amber, wispy beige head,
Aroma: sweet and spicy aroma with a honey sweetness balanced by winter spices,
Body: big body,
Flavor: lots of sweet honey flavor, nice cinamon and ginger blends well with the honey, light spices,

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 11/20
Rating: 3/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *4

3.4
phaleslu (10750) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 22, 2012
12 oz. bottle. Pours a clear ruby-amber with virtually no head. Aroma of rosemary, pine, sweet malts, and cherry. Flavor of ginger, pepper, rosemary, gingerbread, dried fruits, and a hint of honey. Light-medium bodied with low carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel. Decent winter ale.

3.4
douglas88 (9721) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 21, 2011
12 ounce bottle. Pours a clear red/brown color with a medium white head. A sweet nose of cinnamon and some caramel. The flavor is smooth and tasty; sweet earthy spices, some oranges, fresh very spicy but not over the top. The oranges and ginger make it very fresh and drinkable. Nice.

3.6
DrSilverworm (9672) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2014 12oz bottle, ABV listed as 8.0%. Deep ruby red color, light khaki head, good lace. Very drinkable and tasty! Texture is perfect - light smooth carbonation, some dryness. Very easy to drink in gulps if desired. Delicious light sweet taste that stands out from the spice, must be the "sleigh-load of honey". The citrus notes work great with the spices, a really great holiday ale overall. I’m very impressed. You would never guess the 8% ABV from the taste. Outstanding. 8/4/9/5/17

Re-rate, 11/8/14: 12oz bottle. I’m trying to re-rate a few winter ales this year, and this one is a prime candidate considering it’s been 3 years, it was one of the first winter beers I ever rated and loved, and it’s one of my highest-ever scored beers. I always remembered this fondly as a fantastic winter choice, not it’s time to see if it holds up since my frame of reference and experience around beer has expanded. ABV is still listed as 8%. 24 IBU. Mostly clear, sort of darker red color. Thin off-white kind of bubbly head, some bits of lace. Some cherry, berry, and honey that is pretty pleasing. Light to moderate spice. Some piney hop and orange citrus. A little bit more of a spicy edge than I remember, moderate plus sweet taste, light to moderate bitter. Medium to bigger body. Smooth, kind of crisp lighter carbonation. Hint of an acidic bite to it. A solid winter beer overall, and interesting with the addition of honey, orange peel, and ginger, but not quite as magical or quaffable as I remember it being. Glad I revisited.

2.8
Erzengel (9629) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - JAN 25, 2016
Many thanks to my "Santa 2015" jsquire for this bottle! The beer starts mild and smooth. Not too intense with a nice malty body. Smooth and a bit grainy, easy to drink. Round and fresh with a dry and slightly roasted malty aftertaste. Not much bitterness, dry with hints of caramel. Nice though.

3.1
b3shine (9208) - Indiana, USA - NOV 19, 2012
Bottle to pint. Looks solid; a transparent orangish-brown with off-white lacing. Smells of honey, cinnamon, and orange. Tastes the same with a bit of ginger. Good on the palate; the abv is undetectable. A solid example of the style.


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