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2013 Christmas Ale - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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47 Ratings
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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: woodychandler on 11-10-2013)
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57md

Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a reddish copper with a half finger of head that dissipated quickly. Seasonal spices abound in the nose. I also swear that I smelled a hint of evergreen tree. The flavor profile is a nice balance between malt and seasonal spices, especially gingerbread. The finish is quite dry and tinglingly hoppy.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2014 03:21:12 | More by 57md
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Sampling a cellar temp can poured into a tulip glass. The can is a gift from my brother for CHristmas.
The beer pours a deep mahogany color with ruby highlights. There is a dense creamy eggshell head of 2 cm foaming up and it fades to a thick edge layer and wispy islands in the center.
Aroma is sweet and spicy, I get rich nutmeg and cinnamon mixing with a sort of apple cider sweetness. Some brown sugar and bready notes as well just like a apple crumb.
First sip reveals an average body and smooth silky texture. Fine tingly carbonation that tickles on the palate after each sip.
The flavor is sweet and spicy just like the nose with caramel and brown sugar, sweet nutmeg and cinnamon that lingers on my palate.
A very nice beer that is sweet and may be too much if you dont like that, but I enjoy it and find it easy to drink.

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3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a iced tea color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is strong with spices, nutmeg in particular. Taste is also very spicy, maybe a little to much so. Just a bit of malts as well. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer, but not something I could drink all night.

Serving type: can

01-09-2014 04:45:41 | More by tone77
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Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The CANQuest (TM) was gifted one of these by one of the brewery's reps when we crossed paths in Baltimore but I had to await the picture's approval as spent CANs are truly unattractive.

From the CAN: "Ale with ginger, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg & cloves"; "Season's Greetings!"; "A gift for you to truly appreciate & enjoy!"; "It's a real gift that we are able to gather 'round with family and friends to enjoy a most special brew accented by mulling spices and aromas which recall near-forgotten holiday memories."; "OG 14 [Deg.] Plato, 16 IBUs".

The Crack! not only revealed a brimful CAN, but it put a little spritz across my fingers. Whoops! The inverted Glug created a pseudo-cascade and this in turn formed just better than two fingers of fizzing, foamy light-tan head that fell at a rate faster than gravity. Color was a deep-copper (SRM = > 22, < 27) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled like a liquid spice cake! We are on the verge of the coldest day in twenty years and I think that this beer might be quite warming. Mouthfeel was medium and there were loads of all of the spices evident on the tongue. I would put the cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger at the forefront with the cloves and allspice in the background. Phew! Man, this was one spicy beer. Finish, as you might imagine, was quite dry as a result of all of the spices. Happy (belated) Holidays and Merry Christmas!

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look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tastes like gingerbread.

Feels a little heavy. Typical heavily spiced winter warmer. Fun to drink and hand out at the holidays, but nothing stupendous.

I have a lot of respect for Sly Fox, and tend to really enjoy the vast majority of their brews, but so far, haven't been impressed by their Christmas Ales.

The can itself is really fun, with an embroidered look, and a place to write To: and From: if you're giving as a little gift.

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look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a crystal clear light almost garnet hue with a thin half finger tan head that faded quickly to leave a thin, thin halo and light wisps. Pretty underwhelming.

S - Aromas of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, sweet malts. Gingerbread...almost smells like a fake pumpkin beer. Yippie...

T - Taste is all spice notes. Ugh. It's like a drinking pumpkin pie spice. Just waaay too heavy handed on the spices here. It overpowers the malts...which actually is impressive when you think about it.

M - Mouthfeel is sharp, lightly spicy, rather watery though.

O - Overall, I've had my fair share of winter warmers, and this was basically just winter spices in a wine cooler. Quite unpleasant.

Serving type: can

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A- Semi-hazed reddish brown. Yellowish head shows with a little retention.

S- Molasses and gingerbread. A pretty nice aroma. The molasses really sticks out.

T- Spices mostly, with a little sweet malt.

M- Spice lingers in the feel. A little too much.

O- The aroma of this beer was promising, but it came down to too much spice for me.

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2013 Christmas Ale from Sly Fox Brewing Company
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