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2012 Christmas Ale - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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2012 Christmas Ale2012 Christmas Ale

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83
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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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Photo of metter98
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.

metter98, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

This beer poured out as a nice looking clear amber color with a foamy white head on top. The smell of the beer is surprising, It's got a really nice spice profile to it. There is also some hints of malt in there also. The taste has a spicy flavor as well and a sweet malt backbone to it. The mouthfeel of the beer is smooth, gently carbonated and quite drinkable. Overall, I was seriously impressed with this beer. I'm not a big fan of anything Sly Fox really puts out but since it was free sample I figured I would give it a try.

Knapp85, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.89/5  rDev +6%

Winter warmers are not usually my favorite beer. This is my first one for this winter season and I have no plans on trying another. That being said this is a pretty decent beer. I would say the only problem is that the flavor profile is so thick it's almost too chewy and there are too many spices in the mix. Nose is really nice, but overall, a bit too heavy. Could be thinned out.

RblWthACoz, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of Rifugium
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.

Rifugium, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of woodychandler
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.

woodychandler, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -18.3%

ejimhof, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of BARFLYB
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%

A CAN into a plain pint glass. Scooped this up as a single.

Blood orange with some light brown tints woven in, Sly Fox Christmas comes off with an inch of off tan colored foam that fades and leaves no stick. A ring around the glass is all that remains on the way down. Smell is big on cinnamon and ginger. Smells like it will come off sweet. There is a whole lot of spice that blends with some caramel from the malt. Not really picking up any hops in here. Smells like a big winter warmer. Taste wise spice rules, I get a lot of ginger and cinnamon, a small hint of cocco, cinnamon, and nutmeg. I am not a fan of ginger in beer, but the other ingredients mutes it a bit. Body is dead on medium with a light hit of carb on the tounge. The aftertaste is spice filled but does not stick on the tounge long, which makes this easier to take as the malt brings a sweetness towards the end. An enjoyable Winter Warmer, full of spice, full of flavor, not hard to drink at all.

BARFLYB, Dec 11, 2012
Photo of xnicknj
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

xnicknj, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of tone77
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.

tone77, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of IPAchris
2.25/5  rDev -38.7%

IPAchris, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of rfgetz
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.

rfgetz, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of deapokid
4/5  rDev +9%

deapokid, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of twenty5
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

twenty5, May 15, 2013
Photo of Chugs13
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Chugs13, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of justintcoons
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%

Poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance
Deep reddish amber with 1-2 fingers of tan head. Good retention and low carbonation.

Nose
Cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar cookies and caramelized brown sugar.

Taste
Oh yeah, this tastes like sugar cookies. Besides that there’s notes of caramelized brown sugar and buttery breads. Nutmeg and cinnamon are the most prominent spices as well as touches of allspice.

Mouthfeel
Medium-full bodied, creamy and crisp.

Overall
Easy drinking Winter Warmer. Not cloying. This really does taste like sugar cookies! :)

justintcoons, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of mikeburd1128
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

mikeburd1128, May 11, 2013
Photo of bacher468
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

bacher468, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of jpd7374
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

jpd7374, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of Cylinsier
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%

75 cl

Pours deep hazy brown, cherry red tint when held to light, with two inches of yellowy white pillowy head, dissipates pretty slowly to a film.

Smells of brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, some hints of ginger and whispers of a hoppy bitterness.

Tastes lightly sweet, with hints of ginger and candi sugar, over a base of nutmeg, clove, cardamom and ginger. Some hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

Medium to full body with tingly carbonation over the tongue.

Good appearance, nose and body. The flavor is unique, even strange. The spices feel imbalanced, with the wrong focuses. It's not bad, but it feels experimental. Drinks easy enough if the flavor doesn't throw you off. I think some people will really like this and some people will really dislike it. For me, it's worth trying.

Cylinsier, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of mpalestino
3/5  rDev -18.3%

mpalestino, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of AdamBear
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.

AdamBear, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of dgherm
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

dgherm, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of HoistinBrews
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

HoistinBrews, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of mvanaskie13
4/5  rDev +9%

Poured into a sam adams glass, color is amber, with very nice clarity and transparency; head is light tan/off white, presenting 1/2" thick then dissipating to a ring, but some nice lacing.

Smell is subdued at first, mild cinnamon, clove and other spices; some lighter toast and caramel malts.

Taste is a crisp and not cloying winter warmer mixture, not heavy on the malt sweetness which helps accentuate the spices, most cinnamon, solid ginger with lighter clove and allspice; flavors mix well and hint at the flavor of ginger snap.

Mouthfeel is very crisp, a little sharp with spices on the tongue but not overly sweet - a good balance for a winter warmer.

Overall, a very solid winter warmer, I like this take with less emphasis on the strength and more focus on light malt flavors to backup a heavy spice profile.

mvanaskie13, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of OriolesFan1008
3/5  rDev -18.3%

OriolesFan1008, Dec 17, 2012
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2012 Christmas Ale from Sly Fox Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.