2012 Christmas Ale - Sly Fox Brewing Company
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3.73/5 rDev +1.6%
Poured from a growler filled at Joe Canal's Iselin into my Firestone Walker Nonic Pint Glass
Appearance - pours a coppery orange with a moderately active head that dissipates slowly and leaves a beautiful lacing on the edge of the glass, and some moderate head throughout.
Smell - the initial aroma screams cinammon, but is quickly backed up by other "wintery" spices, including a hint of clove and nutmeg. The aroma is very rich and mixed with a maltiness that makes it very appealing. The balance makes this very inviting.
Taste - a very pleasant treat awaits. This has a very spiced taste, with all of the tastes described in the smell, but without the aftertaste that tends to make winter ales, beers that you can not drink more than one. The maltiness of this ale helps to provide a nice balance for the spices and allows a very spiced ale to not be over powering.
Mouthfeel - a moderate level of carbonation with a tight carbonation and a nice maltiness and spiciness. There is a moderate film left on the palette of clove, but for the most part it is not an overwhelming or problematic residue
Overall - This is a very enjoyable winter ale, balanced, thick and spicy. The spiciness does not kill the enjoyment and the low ABV and matiness allow for several glasses before the spiciness wears you out. Well done Sly Fox.
12-30-2012 00:48:52 | More by Chas58
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
3.85/5 rDev +4.9%
Poured into a becker.
Pours a clear reddish amber. Thick off white head with lots of big bubbles. Head settles to a thick layer on the edges. Nice lacing. Good looks.
Brew smells of the season; nutmeg, cinnamon - spicy with malts. Good nose.
Brew is balance; some spice in there and finishes crisp. Some hops mixed in with the cinnamon, clove and nutmeg - just as described. A good brew.
This is a lower abv winter warmer which makes it more sessionable. A good drinking brew here. I would prefer it be a bit thicker in the mouthfeel and a bit higher in the abv - but it is good though. Good stuff.
12-24-2012 02:25:02 | More by magine
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
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
3.6/5 rDev -1.9%
12 oz can poured into a nonic.
Pours a clear ruby brown color with a finger of foam that laces nicely. Aroma is redolent of cinnamon, ginger, allspice, clove. Reminds me of a gingersnap cookie.
First sip is a rush of holiday spice flavor. The spices really overpower any other flavors. Ginger and clove are the most dominant, and not much else really comes through. Dry finish.
Another overspiced winter warmer. Not bad, but not something I'd drink again after I finish this 6 pack.
12-11-2012 04:55:32 | More by FickleBeast
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.
12-11-2012 02:48:18 | More by BARFLYB
2012 Christmas Ale from Sly Fox Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.