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RATINGS: 253   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 21   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This beer’s name sums up the ideas of bringing the best together to celebrate. It is filled with seasonal flavors from generous amounts of toasted and caramel malts, mixed with equally generous amounts of honey, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. We feel it is the perfect libation, filled with flavors of the season.

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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sfontain (851) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2013
12 oz bottle. Deep brown-garnet pour with a half-finger, creamy off-white head. The aroma bottled Christmas: Nutmeg, cinnamon, caramel, honey, but not overly thick or sweet. Flavor has more cinnamon and nutmeg, toffee. Medium body, somewhat frothy granular carbonation; medium-heavy sticky. Beat the pants off Great Lakes Christmas and also more appropriate for the holidays.


3.5
radagast83 (8476) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - NOV 2, 2017
Kind of appalling that it was on tap weeks before Halloween, but whatever - what can you, right? C'est la vie. Poured a very slightly hazy orange color with a medium sized, fluffy off-white head. Aroma was cinnamon, herbal notes, spices, nutmeg. Very malt forward in both aroma and flavor. Light spice finish, which was pleasant. Sweet.

2.6
ManVsBeer (10954) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 20, 2017
Bottle from Swing Bridge Beer & Wine, Surf City, North Carolina. Amber-brown with no head. Sweet and spicy, although neither are too overbearing. Good winter ale with a small strength to it.

3.2
MrHangover (4693) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAY 14, 2017
Bottle. Pours a clear orange beer with a big off white head on top. Aroma is massive herbal, lots of spices, cinnamon, honey and nutmeg and all those spices overwhelm the palate. Very herbal, lots of Christmas stuff going on for sure, not much else. Nice beer, a bit unbalanced.

3.7
jflopsu (1805) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 22, 2017
Pours a reddish-brown with tan head. A winter spice (cinnamon and nutmeg) aroma. A sweet taste of winter spices, cinnamon, and caramel malts a sweet winter spice aftertaste.

3.4
nealblind (1977) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - JAN 14, 2017
red brown clear pour aroma bready ginger honey cookies. Tastes sweet bready honey ginger. slight bitterness comes through but it’s sorta detached from sweetness.

3.4
Travlr (26134) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 4, 2017
Draft. Dark clear brown color, tan head with good retention and lacing. Nutmeg aroma. taste is nutmeg, toffee, caramel. Spiced.

3.6
HoppyScallywag (339) - Butler, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2017
Sweet spice with a light warm mellow. Does a decent job at covering the burn. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
thegreenrooster (4562) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 24, 2016
Pour is a clear dark brown with a large white head. Aroma is full of nutmeg and ginger. I love a good spice ale and the aroma does not disappoint. Flavor is more ginger heavy with some pie spice and honey sweetness in the background. Again, I love a nice spiced winter ale and this fits the bill. I can see where some would get burnt out by the spice but it’s right in my wheelhouse.

3.5
Clarkdvm (531) - Florida, USA - DEC 10, 2016
12oz bottle. Christmas spices overpowering the flavor. Nice aroma though. Sweet but dry. Good but not great (sorry, guy at Sheps)

2.4
muzzlehatch (4969) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 30, 2016
12 ounce bottle from my uncle’s not-so-secret stash, drunk at cellar temp or so from a juice glass in the basement of this sweet retired-couple’s home in Caldwell, OH. A minimal but lasting off-white head tops the light amber, very clear body...typical Christmas-spicy aroma of clove, cinnamon, ginger, etc; a bit of toasty grain perhaps but mostly this is spice overload...on the tongue it’s quite spicy as well, rather sweet (brown sugar) and a bit syrupy; reminds me of Jagermeister for whatever reason though there isn’t really a licorice component...a touch smoky and ashy at the finish which is thankfully a bit drier than the front. Overall awfully mediocre and a whole bottle will be hard to put down.


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