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2012 Christmas Ale - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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2012 Christmas Ale2012 Christmas Ale

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68 Ratings
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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.99%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Cylinsier on 11-08-2012)
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Reviews by AdamBear:
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +1.6%

A-dark amber with a nice tan head

S-vanilla extract and gingerbread. Almost syrupy. Sour cream? Not digging the smell.

T-comes in with a decent taste of vanilla cream on gingerbread, along with some nutty grains. It's a decent taste. No off or adjunct flavors. The after-taste has more of the buttercream along with welcomed dark Belgian sugars. I like it. It's a novelty brew, but it comes together.

M-medium creamy carbonation with a dry finish

O-I wouldn't say this qualifies as a winter warmer. Due to so many novelty flavors, I'd just say its a herbed/spiced ale. It's fun though. Women are sure to like it. Something that'll pass well on the local taps. It's worth a try.

11-16-2012 23:07:37 | More by AdamBear
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aszatk01

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

11-30-2012 23:52:33 | More by aszatk01
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reitzbrewing

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

12-06-2012 23:56:42 | More by reitzbrewing
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ipc2000

New York

3/5  rDev -18.3%

12-19-2012 04:32:47 | More by ipc2000
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timjim1327

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +36.2%

08-14-2013 02:38:52 | More by timjim1327
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DarthTremens

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

11-08-2012 21:31:29 | More by DarthTremens
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pat_usher

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

07-16-2014 20:29:55 | More by pat_usher
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a caramel color with a 1 inch head. Smell is full of spices, mainly cinnamon. Taste is also a lot of spice, some malt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Good job of capturing holiday flavors. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

01-12-2013 22:38:58 | More by tone77
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WaterCzar

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9%

11-18-2012 14:16:49 | More by WaterCzar
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mikeburd1128

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

05-11-2013 15:18:43 | More by mikeburd1128
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Chugs13

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

01-16-2013 22:23:25 | More by Chugs13
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metter98

New York

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

A: The beer is relatively clear amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high dense light beige colored head that gradually died down but left a large pillow of bubbles in the center of the glass, a collar around the edge, and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: The smell has a mixture of Christmas spice aromas in the nose—nutmeg and gingerbread seem to stand out in particular.
T: Like the smell, the taste is rather spicy but has a gingerbread-like sweetness and is almost like having a liquid gingerbread man.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this to be a nice Christmas winter warmer that had a good balance between the malty sweetness and spices—neither of which really stood out in particular. It is a nice choice for the holiday season.

12-19-2012 03:37:51 | More by metter98
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Dreamer

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

12-22-2012 21:38:53 | More by Dreamer
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jjd315

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

11-26-2012 21:50:40 | More by jjd315
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One_Man_Gang


3.45/5  rDev -6%

really good seasonal Christmas beer.

color was a dark, clear amber.

head was decent, good fit for the style. not abundant at all.

smell was very good. lots of spices, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, all of it is upfront and smells great.

taste follows the smell. not one spice is overpowering, all seem to blend very well. no real hop profile.

texture was thin and carbonated well.

overall a very enjoyable seasonal beer. smell and taste were lively. i really enjoyed it, and i am not a fan of this style.

12-07-2012 01:49:14 | More by One_Man_Gang
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mpalestino

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -18.3%

08-12-2013 20:30:45 | More by mpalestino
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mess41


4/5  rDev +9%

01-31-2013 21:57:02 | More by mess41
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haddyhustle302

Delaware

4/5  rDev +9%

11-30-2012 05:21:22 | More by haddyhustle302
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atr2605

New York

3.41/5  rDev -7.1%

A-pours a caramel amber color with an off white head with decent retention
S-cinnamon, clove, ginger, brown sugar. basically smells like a big gingerbread cookie
T-The medley of spices continue in the taste followed with some suppressed sweetness, finishing with hop bitterness and lingering spices
M-medium bodied
O-definitely a spice driven winter warmer, and I think a good one if you dig that in the style. Not overly unique but a pleasant beer to enjoy on a wintery day.

02-20-2013 01:55:05 | More by atr2605
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rfgetz

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

Clear, brownish tinted amber, small cap of white foam. Scent leads with seasonal spice, heavy on the gingersnap cookies... ginger, brown sugar, cinnamon, allspice, clove. Taste follows suit, sweet malts bring notes of light caramel and molasses, lots of seasonal spice, mild citrus notes. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. One of the better Sly Fox Christmas offerings in recent years... spices could be tough to handle after 2 or so of them.

12-19-2012 14:27:03 | More by rfgetz
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MonicaC

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9%

02-10-2013 05:21:16 | More by MonicaC
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IPAchris

Pennsylvania

2.25/5  rDev -38.7%

02-10-2013 23:04:02 | More by IPAchris
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +13.1%

Nothing says "Christmas!" to me like beer in a CAN! The CANQuest (TM) has been a victim of CANnus Interruptus of late, but today seems highly appropriate to crack one of these CANs open in celebration.

From the CAN: "Ale with ginger, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg & cloves"; "It's a real gift that we are able to gather round [sic] with family and friends to enjoy a most special brew accented by mulling spices and aromas which recall near-forgotten holiday memories."

The Crack and inverted Glug was magnificent! Not only did I create a finger of dense, foamy, light-tan head, but the room smelled like a scented CANdle had been lit! Maybe I'll get lit over the course of the day ... Nose was incredibly spicy with cinnamon taking center stage, followed closely by clove and the others performing backup in this medley. Color was a deep-copper with NE-quality clarity. I once had a girlfriend whose hair was this shade, oh my. Mouthfeel was medium, at best, but the cinnamon flavor was immediate on the tongue. Big Red chewing gum, anyone? Cinnamon was the big flavor here, but the cloves became evident on the finish, which was veddy dry, by the way. Phew! The interplay of the spices was pleasant, but I probably would not want more than a couple at a sitting as hops are more my bag.

12-25-2012 16:16:43 | More by woodychandler
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foureyedgeek

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9%

12-20-2012 02:45:04 | More by foureyedgeek
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Poured into a pint glass, a reddish-brown color, hazy, with a foamy white head that retained well and left a bit of lacing. Lighter than the '11, but pretty similar otherwise. In the nose: cinnamon, sugar, ginger, herbal hops. Similar taste: caramel malts, cinnamon donuts, brown sugar, ginger, nutmeg, herbal hops. Nothing surprising, but still a nice ww overall. Medium body, pleasant and drinkable.

11-25-2012 08:22:01 | More by Rifugium
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2012 Christmas Ale from Sly Fox Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.