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Holly Jolly Christmas Ale - Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon

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Holly Jolly Christmas AleHolly Jolly Christmas Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

142 Ratings
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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 5
Gots: 13 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BB1313 on 12-07-2012)
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Green's tulip. Pours a nice clear reddish-amber color with 2 fingers of rocky off-white head. Average retention. On the nose I get the holiday spices typical of a winter warmer. Ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg all combined with sweet bready malt and a lemony hop note.

The beer has a medium to full body. Firm feel. The flavor follows the nose quite well. Sweet malt up front with a peppery character imparted by the spices. Fairly dry, peppery finish that doesn't linger too long. No trace of alcohol burn. Quite drinkable, but could stand to be a little sweeter.

Last year I went overboard buying Christmas beers and got tired of them really fast. This year, I only bought one - a sixer of this one. I probably won't buy it again. Not because I don't like it. I simply prefer Great Lakes Christmas Ale. It's a little sweeter than this one and feels a bit more festive somehow. Perhaps it's the label on the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 23:15:46 | More by deadonhisfeet
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3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Clear deep amber, not much carbonation, one finger head that doesn't long at all.

S-Very spice heavy; nutmeg, cinnamon, some caramel and slight honey.

T-Rather sweet with spices. Caramel and malt to begin with cinnamon and nutmeg in the finish. No bitterness though.

M-Light, very light and watery without any carbonation.

O-As it warms it becomes slightly bland, the spice is still there but nothing special. A good beer but not worth having again.

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superspak

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/24/2013. Pours moderately cloudy deep ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, caramel, brown sugar, toast, brown bread, honey, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, coriander, clove, and herbal earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and spice notes; with great strength. Taste of raisin, caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, honey, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, coriander, clove, and herbal earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, honey, ginger, coriander, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance, robustness, and complexity of malt, honey, and spice flavors; with a great malt/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice spiced Christmas ale! All around good balance and complexity of malt and spice flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The coldest winter in a half-century deserves a Christmas beer anytime – cheers.

Bottled 11/14/2013, nearly three months before the date of this tasting.

A: Dark auburn body, with a pristine transparency that’s only visible when held up to the light – otherwise it just looks like darkness. Short, fizzy head of thin bubbles dissipates quickly, leaving little lace and nothing but a dusting of retention.

S: Notes of spice, booze, and sweets abound: each whiff provides a noseful of allspice, nutmeg, and ginger on a bed of bright, minty vanilla malt scents. Smells like a spice cake, one with an extra thick layer of icing.

T: White cake and rum raisin ice cream with cinnamon-sugar on top: delicious sugar and spice fill out the body with wonderful balance. Both extremes are drinkable and controlled, a filling blend of sweet cake, dark fig, and brown sugar topped with nutmeg, cardamom, and allspice. Finishes a little on the thin side of sugary, like a diet cola, but that’s the only downside I’m getting in this palate.

M: The carbonation is light, adding nothing but a bit of texture to the spice, while the body is just thick enough to be filling. The texture fits the palate perfectly.

O: This beer is a meal in a glass, showing off enough spicy complexity to endlessly entertain the palate. If you’re looking for a pleasantly-spiced, drinkable beer for the colder months, look no further.

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Holly Jolly Christmas Ale from Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon
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