2011 Christmas Ale - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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2011 Christmas Ale2011 Christmas Ale

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Reviews: 12
Hads: 35
Avg: 3.61
pDev: 15.24%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Sly Fox Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Beer added by: nukem5 on 12-16-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 12 | Hads: 35
Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: bottle from Pinocchio's Beer Garden, Media, PA

Found this sitting in my fridge, so it's been in there for about a year or more. Quite dark in color compared to other years' versions. Dark brown, but not nearly black, with a half inch or so of beige head that retained well and left a bit of lacing. Aroma is expectedly spicy, mostly cinnamon and ginger, caramel malts. More of the same in the taste, caramel malts, slightly burny, slightly bready, slightly nutty, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, licorice, hints of herbal hops, no fruitiness detected, at least not significant enough to mention. Medium body, pretty easily drinkable, and held up pretty well after sitting for a year plus.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle. Split between two people. Shared back in Dec. 2011. Reviewed from video notes. DFH Signature glasses.

A: Pours out a reddish, chestnut color. Tons of big frothy off white head on this one. It actually almost jumped out of the glass. Bottle conditioned much? The head left some sticky lacing bits.

S: Get all the spices: cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, etc. The cookie spices. It smells sweet. I don't get any hops or bitterness from the nose. Maybe some yeasty notes.

T: Taste follows the nose. It tastes like Xmas. Lots of those spices, cookie notes. Cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and I guess the all spice is there. Clove sticks with you for a while.

M: Probably light to medium bodied. More medium. Lots of carbonation from the bottle carbo.

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a rich chestnut body with amber hues beneath the rocky and frothy tan head, which eventually leaves a scattered lacing behind.

Generous aromas of nutmeg, ginger, and pepper float from the glass as well as touches of cinnamon that are more apparent as it warms with a generous bready malt as well.

The flavor is similar with more focus on the cinnamon and bread-like malts which are complimented by the nutmeg and ginger.

Mouthfeel is medium in body that is a touch thicker mid-palate with a pleasant coating of Christmas spice flavors left lingering on the palate and perhaps just a touch over carbonated.

A very nice winter warmer overall with a great balance of traditional flavors and aromas, but nothing that overwhelms the senses.

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Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown with big retained head, Stephen's bottle. Above average carbonation. Good for the style, good malting in the secondary. Ginger, licorice, herbal. the spices show themselves in the smell as well. Medium mouthfeel. Nice drinkability. By jove they got it.

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Photo of liamt07
3.72/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Steve, 750ml into a tulip. Best before date of November 11, 2013.

Poured a dark reddish brown, with big bubbles forming a tan head. Nose is malty and spicy, lots of clove and allspice prominent (so they should be, they're on the label!). A bit of brown sugar too. Taste is lightly nutty and malty, caramel and toasty grains/biscuit. Spices are about the same as the nose, a bit of cinnamon there too. Medium light body but a bit too watery for my full liking. Pleasant and simple, I could certainly revisit this - I found this somewhat akin to GI's Christmas Ale which was nice.

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Photo of jeffmart22
3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Holy Head!!! Pours a clear dark ruby color with a big ol' head.
Poured slowly and produces at least a four finger head that is very frothy and lingers for awhile. Descent lacing on the glass.

A - Big on the holiday spices. Clove is the most dominant in my opinion. No hop profile whatsoever. Sweet caramel and toffee malt backbone.

T - Sweet to start than the spices immediately take over. Spices are upfront but not overpowering. Flavors blend nicely. No bitterness.

M- Medium in body. Nicely carbonated. Flavor duration is medium/long.

O - Nice beer for those of who seek out Christmas ales but not one that I will go after again.

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Photo of Gavage
3.91/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a dark brown almost black color with a fluffy 2" head that lasts a while.

Smell: ginger, cinnamon, mild earthiness, and a hint of licorice are pleasant on the nose.

Taste: toffee, nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon, a bit of dark bitter chocolate, some earthiness including a hint of evergreen, and a nice bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crisp to start, a bit smoother and a touch dry at the finish.

Overall: a nice slow sipping beer to enjoy in front of a fireplace on a cold evening. One bomber is more than enough in a session, but it perfectly fits the winter season.

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Photo of oline73
2.82/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. The cork shot off this beer and it foamed over just a bit.

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear reddish dark amber with a fist of off white head. The bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass are huge.

Smell: Sweet caramel malt with strong fruity notes and some Christmas spice. Just a bit bready from the malt.

Taste: Similar to the smell. There is more bitterness in the flavor and less sweetness. The bitterness seems to overpower the spices. The dark fruit notes are still there.

Mouthfeel: Really over carbonated. Medium body with a slightly dry finish.

Overall: The carbonation and bitterness were too much to overcome. The idea was good, but the execution needs to be tweaked.

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Photo of goblue3509
2.83/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an amber color with a slight hazy and a big pillow head that is four fingers in size and slightly off white. The head recedes to a tight skim with gobs of lace up and down the glass. The aroma is of dark fruits cinnomon nutmeg and a good amount of ginger. The taste has a caramel malt backbone with a big ginger taste. There are also slight hints of nutmeg and cinnomon. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. Overall it is an okay beer its not best in glass but drinkable.

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Photo of philbe311
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Three plus fingers of airy big chunky cola brown colored head... Decent retention gives way to a thick chunky lacing and thicker collar... The color is a light to medium tranlucent caramel brown... Mostly still with just a couple of stray carbonation bubbles...

S - Fairly complex nose... Cinnamon... Ginger... Some mild dark fruits... A bit of candy cane... Light piney spruce scents... Some faint syrup notes... Some light caramel and toffee notes... Each whiff produces a new wrinkle or dimension...

T - Loaded with an assertive holiday spiciness... Cinnamon... Ginger bread... Just a touch of clove... Some rather assertive spruce notes... Notes of dark fruit are rather subdued... Light plum... Some raisins... Just a subtle kiss of caramel... A faint metallic presence as well...

M - Medium bodied... Bristling carbonation... Dry and slight astringent throughout...

D - An interesting and surprisingly assertive Winter Warmer... Wonderful to sip on while just staring and enjoying the Christmas Tree and aromas of holiday baking... A little rough around the edges, but still a very nice offering...

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Photo of magine
4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours into a becker.

Pours a dark brown with some reddish amber highlights. Has a thick light tan head. Lots of sediment and floaters in the pour, this has bottle conditioned goodness in here. Great thick fluffy head settles to a thick chunky island and leaves great lacing around the edges. Lacing and head retention here are top notch; chunks left along the edges of the glass and a finger width the whole drink. Very good looking brew.

Brew smells of lots of spice; cloves, nutmeg , cinnamon, ginger - pretty much as described on the bottle. Some subtle roasted nuttiness as well. Good festive smelling brew.

Brew is very tasty; some peppery spice up front with good carbonation. Cinnamon, all spice, clove and ginger are tasted. Nice balance in the middle, good malty characteristics. Slightly roasted notes here. Good balance here. Brew finishes slightly dry and smooth but the spice coats the tongue and keeps you craving the next sip. Very good winter warmer here.

Wow, great job Sly Fox. A very complex tasty drinkable winter warmer, that looks great as well. One of the better winter brews I have had in the last few years.

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Photo of nukem5
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a great reddish brown color with tan cap on top. Very little lace at all.

S: Dark fruits and spice, sweet malts.

T: Taste is of plums figs and cherries, some cinnamon and clove in there and a base of sweet malts.

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good mild carbonation.

): Overall a great winter warmer slightly boozey and sweet dark fruits good example.

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2011 Christmas Ale from Sly Fox Brewing Company
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