Christmas Ale 2006 - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Reviews: 6
Hads: 6
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 9.5%
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Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Beer added by: BeerBeing on 11-28-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 6 | Hads: 6
Photo of Biscuit033
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 C&C

A: Dark Amber with a slight haze and a large frothy head. The cork nearly jumped off. There was good lacing as well.

S: Allspice, ginger really come through but not aggressive. There is a hint of some sweet maltiness as well.

T: Caramel, gentle mulling spices, some malty backbone, and a sweet sugar candy finish.

M: Much gentler carbination than expected and a sweet but crisp finish.

D: This has mellowed over the year that it aged and has become a very easy to drink spiced beer.

I saw some of these being sold at Royersford and will probably pick a couple more up. I think these will make a good spring/early summer beer.

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Photo of Gavage
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: brown in color with a huge fluffy 3"+ head. Thick lacing develops during the session.

Smell: cinnamon, cloves, pepper and a touch of earthiness. The spiciness dominates the nose but is quite pleasant.

Taste: nice malt profile that is a bit on the bready side. Loads of spices like allspice, clove, cinnamon, and nutmeg along with a soft toasted nut tone lingering in the background. As this warms the intial hint of cherry and chocolates really comes through.

Mouthfeel: crisp from start to finish. The aftertaste is long as the spiciness lingers in the mouth. Medium-heavy in body.

Drinkability: this is a well crafted beer perfect for the holiday season. Give this one a try if you can find it.

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Photo of ggaughan
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on Christmas night and last night as well from 750 ml bottles. The beer poured a clear red/amber color with a very thick off white head that grew very quickly as I poured. It took a little bit of waiting for some of the head to subside.

The nose of this beer has some definite and strong winter spice notes along with a rich malty touch as well. The taste is a very nice blend of the spices (clove, cinnamon, ginger) and a chocolately malt backbone that works very well and makes for a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of warriorsoul
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up this 750ml cork and caged bottle at the brewery, during their IPA Project.
Rust in color with a full two fingers of light tan head...quite carbonated and all but a thin layer fades rapidly.
Bountiful in the nose...toffee, allspice, corriander and a mild sweet caramel malt.
Not overly spiced in the taste...some of the cinammon shines thru in the flavor with the allspice being the most prominent of the spices mentioned on the label.
I dig the balanced hop profile that takes away from the malty sweetness, which is minimal. A roasty finish keeps this one true to the off flavors in the back end.
Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and the carbonation is higher than average.
A nice beer to celebrate to day for me...will hunt this one down again for next year.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the chalice crystal clear medium amber with and off-white and incredibly frothy head which rose 4" tall and stayed frothy and moussy to coat the glass.

The aroma was spicy with a strong front of clove and cinnamon coupled with some light citrus and moderate ginger. The aroma was bready and had a substantial amount of caramel, but was mostly dominated by strong spices. As it warmed the aroma became almost entirely ginger, cinnamon and clove based.

The flavor was bready with a strong ginger snap presence and a light chocolate. The flavor contained a strong backbone of caramel malt and was accented by muted flavors of spice and clove. Cinnamon was present as were a host of other spices (allspice?). The flavors were interesting, but somewhat rough around the edges and probably in need of some aging.

The finish was dry and bready with lasting ginger and clove into the aftertaste. The body was medium with a moderate level of carbonation and a lightly creamy mouthfeel. A beer that could do with a few months of aging to mellow out the strong spice presence. Last years model was a very fun ride, this one simply gets you from point A to point B without all the bells and whistles.

750 ml corked and bailed bottle.

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Photo of yelterdow
3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Growler fill from Andy's in Bogota on Sunday, December 3, 2006.

Served at cellar temperature in a wide-mouthed glass.

Appearance- Pours a clear reddish gold, supporting a relatively uneventful two finger head that subsides to a bubbly mat. Sporadic lacing.

Smell- Notes of caramel malt and winter spices (cinnamon, mint leaves, maybe some ground ginger). Aromatic but very simple and straightforward.

Taste- Caramel and lightly roasted malts are the players here, but there's that hint of Christmas flavors and spices. The alcohol is barely noticable, and the hops blend right into the spicy aftertaste. The finish is quicker than many beers of this style.

Mouthfeel/Drinkabilty- The carbonation is microscopic and consistent, lasting throughout the rather bland time spent in the mouth. It's a light-bodied beer that really goes down smoothly, yet the overall environment could use some more interesting features. Fresh on tap, this fared better.

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Christmas Ale 2006 from Sly Fox Brewing Company
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