Spiced Beer

12 Beers of Christmas, Day 9: Avery Old Jubilation

Day 9’s beer is a spiced ale from Avery in Boulder, Colorado. Day 9's beer is a spiced ale from Avery in Boulder, Colorado. 12 Beers of Christmas, Day 9: Avery Old Jubilation 12 Beers of Christmas, Day 9: Avery Old Jubilation 2015-12-19 Eric Schiavo Virginia Pour House Review Avery Old Jubilation - 88 88 88 Points Avery's Jubilation is a nice warming winter spiced ale that would be perfect for a fireside chat. User Rating: Be the first one !

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12 Beers of Christmas, Day 5: Lancaster Winter Warmer Ale

Day #5 brings a Pennsylvania beer, another one that I haven’t had. Day #5 brings a Pennsylvania beer, another one that I haven't had. 12 Beers of Christmas, Day 5: Lancaster Winter Warmer Ale 12 Beers of Christmas, Day 5: Lancaster Winter Warmer Ale 2015-12-13 Eric Schiavo Virginia Pour House Review Lancaster Winter Warmer - 85 85 85 Points Lancaster's winter warmer provides a festive pop to 12 days. User Rating: Be the first one !

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Happy New Year from Asheville, NC!

New Year’s Eve. It is a holiday that I normally spend going out with a bunch of friends to a fancy, semi-formal event. This year, though, I am spending the holiday at the cabin in the mountains outside Asheville, NC that my in-laws recently purchased. After an 8-hour road trip and a slightly scary trek 4,000 feet up the mountain, we arrived. And we caught the last minute or so of sunset. Of course, since it was a special occasion, I enjoyed New Year’s with a few rare and vintage beers with the family. We started on Tuesday night, when my sister-in-law and her husband (who just so happens to be a close friend) stopped in on the way down to NC. The first beer we cracked was a local one from Hardywood, and a variant of one I have already had this winter season. Hardywood Bourbon Barrel Gingerbread Stout …

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12 Beers of Christmas: Schlafly Christmas Ale (Day 8)

Day 8 features another festive, spiced ale from Schlafly. the latest in their Special Release annual series. Schlafly Christmas Ale Producer: Schlafly Brewing Company; St. Louis, Missouri Beer Name: Christmas Ale Style: Spiced Beer Price Range: $2-3 / bottle (12 oz) ABV: 8% Appearance: Clear brown, thin foamy tan head Aroma: Cinnamon, nutmeg, nutty Virginia Pour House Review: Schlafly Brewing Company rotates seasonal limited-release beers in their Special Release series. These include Tasmanian IPA, Pumpkin Ale, and the latest, Christmas Ale. This one pours a deep, clear brown, roughly chestnut-colored, with a thin, foamy, tan head. The aroma is spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg, with a roasty nuttiness behind it. At first taste, the spice blends very nicely with the roasted malts. There is some cinnamon, nutmeg, and maybe even a hint of ginger, but a nice backbone that has a subtle roasted flavor. There is not a hint of booziness despite …

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12 Beers of Christmas: Sly Fox Christmas Ale (Day 5)

Day 5 features a festive ale from Pennsylvania! Sly Fox Christmas Ale Producer: Sly Fox Brewing Co.; Pottstown, PA Beer Name: Christmas Ale Style: Spiced Ale Price Range: $2-3 / can (12 oz) ABV: 5.5% Appearance: Deep amber, clear, small white head Aroma: Cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg Virginia Pour House Review: The beer pours a clear, deep, amber with a small white head. The aroma is all spice, with notes of cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. The taste is all spice, with lots of cinnamon and nutmeg. It’s a festive enough beer, but spiced ales like this that combine so many different spices often lack an identity. All the spices blend together and overpower the overall taste of the beer. The can says that the beer contains ginger, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and cloves. All those spices are there, but the result is a bit much and leaves a cloying bitterness behind. This isn’t a bad beer, …

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12 Beers of Christmas: 21st Amendment Fireside Chat (Day 2)

It occurred to me that I gave no context to this series in my first post. Each of the last three years, my wonderful beer-loving wife has bought me twelve beers and given me one each day for twelve days leading up to Christmas. They are usually festive beers and she tries to get me beers that I haven’t had before, but sometimes they are old standbys. Day 1 was Bell’s Cherry Stout, a seasonal beer but also one of my favorite stouts. Now, on to Day 2: 21st Amendment Fireside Chat Producer: 21st Amendment Brewery Beer Name: Fireside Chat Style: Spiced Beer Price Range: $2 / can (12 oz) ABV: 7.9% Appearance: Dark brown, foamy tan head Aroma: Dark fruit, plum, fig, nutty, cocoa Virginia Pour House Review: The beer pours a clear brown with a foamy tan head. The aroma includes notes of dark fruits like plum and fig and has a nutty …

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