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2011 Christmas Ale - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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2011 Christmas Ale2011 Christmas Ale

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34 Ratings
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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.09%
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: nukem5 on 12-16-2011)
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Reviews by CHADMC3:
Photo of CHADMC3
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of TimoP
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of Damian74Shensky
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of philbe311
3.73/5  rDev +3%
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...

Photo of jjd315
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of oline73
2.75/5  rDev -24%
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.

Photo of AWS2111
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of liamt07
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of JohnK17
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of Rifugium
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of Gavage
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Photo of mattgreger
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of goblue3509
2.8/5  rDev -22.7%
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.

Photo of gpblackgt
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of TheNakedStiletto
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of HumphreyLee
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Stev
5/5  rDev +38.1%

Photo of Mcooly
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of bkbergen
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of nukem5
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of jackrodgers77
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of cld253
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Gatordaddy
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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2011 Christmas Ale from Sly Fox Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.