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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: nukem5 on 12-16-2011)
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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.

oline73, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of touchmeimsac
2.75/5  rDev -24%

touchmeimsac, May 15, 2013
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.

goblue3509, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of Damian74Shensky
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Damian74Shensky, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of AWS2111
3/5  rDev -17.1%

AWS2111, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -17.1%

ejimhof, May 09, 2012
Photo of Mcooly
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Mcooly, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of bkbergen
3/5  rDev -17.1%

bkbergen, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of TheNakedStiletto
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

TheNakedStiletto, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of Gatordaddy
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Gatordaddy, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of jeffmart22
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

jeffmart22, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of TimoP
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

TimoP, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of gpblackgt
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

gpblackgt, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of jackrodgers77
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

jackrodgers77, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of inlimbo77
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

inlimbo77, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of Giantspace
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Giantspace, Jan 09, 2012
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.

liamt07, Jan 26, 2012
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...

philbe311, Dec 17, 2011
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.

Sammy, Jan 27, 2012
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.

Rifugium, Nov 25, 2012
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.

nukem5, Dec 16, 2011
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.

CHADMC3, Mar 09, 2012
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.

Gavage, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of mattgreger
4/5  rDev +10.5%

mattgreger, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of HumphreyLee
4/5  rDev +10.5%

HumphreyLee, Jan 03, 2012
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2011 Christmas Ale from Sly Fox Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.