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Christmas Ale - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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85
very good

85 Ratings
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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 11-24-2002)
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skaboom420

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

12-30-2012 20:22:20 | More by skaboom420
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SeamusDoyle

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +5.3%

Pours a deep brown color from a cork finish 750ml bottle. Large sized white foamy head. Aroma is ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon and clove. A medium bodied ale. Malts are fruity and sweet. Lots of brown sugar and molasses flavors, as well as all spice. Malty and fairly sweet, but kind of balanced by the spices. Lively carbonation. Nice Christmas beer. Mouthfeel is full and the finish is clean and smooth with a slightly sweet aftertaste.

12-27-2012 22:33:24 | More by SeamusDoyle
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -4.8%

Had at Pizzaria unos last night and came out kinda of bland and flat. A clear copper color but a small head and no carbs.
Aroma was bold spices that was pretty assertive. Lots of cinimmon nutmeg ginger brown sugar and that sort of thing.
Taste is similar with a bold assertive spice over a malty rich base. To me it's abit over spiced.
Feels thin on the palette and a bit dry.
Good and easy drinking but all those spices would limit me to a few probably.

12-23-2012 17:48:52 | More by micromaniac129
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rydev24

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.8%

12-22-2012 15:05:14 | More by rydev24
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -15.3%

on tap at the fox and hound in KOP - served in pint

Pours a mostly clear chestnut color with bright reddish hues. Fluffy beige head slowly fades away into a coating of film, leaving some patchy lacing on the glass.

Roasted malts with burnt sugar and dark fruit. Hints of raisin and cherry with cinnamon and a mild spiciness. Fits the genre, but thankfully doesn't go overboard on the potpourri of Christmasy spices.

Soft snap of wintery spice up front with cinnamon and brown sugar. Lightly sweet, mixed with apple and cherry with a dash of raisin. Malted backbone with caramel and bread crust. Finishes a little spicy and sweet with little warmth.

Lighter medium body, decent carbonation, a little chewy and crisp on the tongue. Slyfox is definitely hit or miss for me, but this was a pretty solid winter warmer.

12-14-2012 02:41:59 | More by xnicknj
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev +4.5%

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – The beer is served a reddish brown color with a two finger off white head. The head has a good level of retention, eventually fading to leave a spotty amount of lacing.

Smell- The aroma is sweet and of Christmas cookies. It has smells of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. Mixed with these are some lighter notes of vanilla and a moderately strong sugary smell.

Taste – The taste starts out with a somewhat bready and doughy sweet taste. There is a strong brown sugar and caramel presence up front that are mixed with some flavors of cinnamon and nutmeg. These flavors are soon joined by more spice flavors of ginger and clove with the sweetness seeming to increase ever so slightly. In the end a pastry like spiced cookie flavor are left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is slightly light in creaminess and chewiness with the carbonation level being just a bit above average. Something a bit more chewy may have been appropriate for the taste profile, but overall it wasn't too bad.

Overall- A good easy drinking brew with a nice flavor. It is worth a try if you have the chance to give it a go.

12-13-2012 01:16:01 | More by Darkmagus82
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chrishensley

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.8%

12-03-2012 20:55:16 | More by chrishensley
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mdillon86

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.8%

12-02-2012 17:26:23 | More by mdillon86
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.8%

11-29-2012 03:25:50 | More by rolltide8425
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doc17325

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -14%

11-27-2012 23:47:32 | More by doc17325
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JeffTheJuice

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.8%

11-21-2012 17:20:27 | More by JeffTheJuice
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jjd315

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +19%

11-19-2012 17:14:27 | More by jjd315
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Stunner97

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +9.8%

2012 edition seems they change every year

Appearance- amber red with thick tan foamy head,

Smell- really getting alot of all those holiday spices, cinnamon ginger and nutmeg, certainly smells like xmas

Taste- this beer is very true to what it claims to be which is a christmas ale, you just taste all those afformentioned spices so much, tons and tons of cinnamin and ginger all day, one could argue maybe its slightly overspiced but i think for the style its where it should be your not blindly searching for the flavors,

Mouthfeel- medium bodied yet very smooth and creamy, nice feel with low carbonation

Drinkability/overall- this beer is not really one i probably would say is extremely drinkable only in that the spice is so strong but i would say its very enjoyable and I did like it, its one i think I would visit again ocassionally

11-16-2012 21:12:20 | More by Stunner97
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tbeer40

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5.8%

11-11-2012 20:53:24 | More by tbeer40
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

10-26-2012 13:17:02 | More by Knapp85
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DSlim71

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

03-12-2012 22:00:36 | More by DSlim71
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PatDreadful

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +8.5%

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into my Sam Adams Snowflake Pint.

Appearance: A very nice copper color with an ENORMOUS head that rises up to almost four fingers. Very nice job.

Smell: Strong yeast aroma with overwhelming spice notes. Ginger, plums, nutmeg and cloves dominate the nose as one is instantly transported to a Christmas kitchen filled with cookies and and fig pudding. Very welcoming!

Taste: Follows the nose with the addition some black licorice notes lingering in the background. There is a very strong maltiness that serves as a wonderful canvas for all of these flavors. The spice is a tad bit harsh and would benefit from some age.

Mouthfeel: This is where the this beer really shines. A milky body that is very enjoyable. Perfect for sipping by the tree.

02-17-2012 00:01:30 | More by PatDreadful
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ithinkimasofa

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

02-13-2012 07:44:27 | More by ithinkimasofa
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fester71

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.8%

12-19-2011 00:53:21 | More by fester71
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THECPJ

Delaware

4/5  rDev +5.8%

12-05-2011 15:57:28 | More by THECPJ
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BeerThursdays

Delaware

3/5  rDev -20.6%

11-19-2011 04:56:05 | More by BeerThursdays
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -4%

2010 Christmas Ale version

Impressive four finger head.  Settles rockily.  Appears clear.  The color is light brown. Despite holding the head exceptionally well, there's very little lace. 

Smells a little earthy, light yeast bite. 

The spice really shows up in the flavor (I didn't notice it in the smell). There's some earthiness and darker malt flavors. I can't detect any hop, but that's okay given the style. 

The body is as expected. 

Overall a classically, highly spiced winter ale. 

08-14-2011 12:33:06 | More by smcolw
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Foxman

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +8.5%

It came to me a lightly hazy ruby brown, with a finger of light tan head that settled in its own time to a thin frothy bed. Lacing was plentiful and graceful.

The aroma carried an initial brace of malt, sweet and with caramel, before there arrived a busy mix of banana, toasted nuts, and pie spice, notable for cinnamon, clove, mace, allspice, and nutmeg.

Upon sipping, the malt again came first, sweet with caramel and light berries. An edge of spice took over promptly, bringing forth all that was promised in the aroma, with the nutmeg and allspice a bit more prominent. A touch of vanilla cropped up, lending a nice step down from the savory spice character, before a pleasant, rounded bitterness lingered smoothly at the finish. While perhaps a but too autumnally spicy for some tastes, it still delivers a warm, seasonal flavor.

A touch south of medium bodied, the malt sweetness and present spiciness combine to give more weight on the palate than originally anticipated.

OK, so I'm going to confess right upfront that the spices I found to be a bit busy, and not necessarily an unconditional asset, but they were kept in check just enough to make the entire presentation a fun enterprise. Granted, I might not rush out to find more, but what I had went down smooth, and it was a nice departure on a hot summer night. So kudos again for a saucy Sly Fox offering.

07-11-2006 18:12:11 | More by Foxman
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Goldorak

Quebec (Canada)

2.35/5  rDev -37.8%

2005 Bottle

Appearance: Festive brownish red, with a head of compact bubbles.

Smell: DMS Buttered popcorn aroma, you'd think this was brewed by Orville Redenbacher, if he were also baking banana bread.

Taste: Gingerbread men, pumpkin pie, banana bread. Don't get me wrong, I love all of those things, but just maybe not all blended together in liquid form. The spices were way too harsh and I just couldn't get over the smell.

03-10-2006 00:43:19 | More by Goldorak
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +5.3%

Christmas in July! Woo-hoo!
I don't even know why I ordered this. I know they were still trying to get rid of this nearing February and this seems to be the final attempt to salvage some bucks. At least they didn't just try to call it something else and hope that no one noticed. In any case...
Appears a dark amber with a tan head that fizzles out within a minute. Tiny lacing is left behind.
Smell is of a red ale that has lots of gingerbread, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice.
Taste is that of the smell with a malty sweetness complimenting the spices.
Mouthfeel is decent. Medium bodied and warming.
Drinkability is good. This is obviously much better suited for a winter offering. This makes me think of wearing a sweater in the Northeast cold and warming up by the fire.

07-30-2005 15:17:21 | More by weeare138
Christmas Ale from Sly Fox Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.