Holly Jolly Christmas Ale - Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon

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85
very good

243 Ratings
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Ratings: 243
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 13
Gots: 46 | FT: 2
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Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

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(Beer added by: BB1313 on 12-07-2012)
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Caringly dispensed into a mug from a 12 oz bottle

Appears a sedatious reddish-brown color with a solid finger of fluffy foamy goodness

Smells like Christmas: cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, fuitcake, honey and a little caramel.

Also tastes like Christmas: a smooth wave of the aforementioned spices and more stemming from a rigid malty spine.

A nicely carbonated, medium bodied beer

Very similar to the classic Great Lakes Christmas Ale. At 10.99 a sixer, this will definitely be added to my annual Christmas lineup

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice winter beer, not surprising from this outfit. Had on draft several times before stockpiling some 4 packs from Ds in Monroeville PA and the original Fatheads bar in the south side of Pittsburgh - best bar food in a town full or good bar food by the way...

Copper pour into a pint from a bottle, with a cinnamon aroma than hits you before you even get close. There are hints of ginger, honey, nutmeg and lemon , but for me, the cinnamon remains prominent in the taste profile. Very drinkable for the ABV as well. Surprised at the few reviews, must be a limited release. In a style that I enjoy, this in my new find this year along with the 2Xmas which is very nice....both are better than the usuaul winter suspects.. Anyway, haven't had a bad Fathead's beer (Headhunter IPA is excellent) or a bad Church Brewworks Beer out of Pittsburgh also ...their seasonal Zwarte Brown is excellent...

Happy Holidays...

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep, ruby hue with dense, fluffy off-white head which dissapated but left a nice 1/4 inch on top. Tons of carbonation, bubbles continue to rise in the glass while I write this, and a thin, spotty lacing throughout.

Aroma is very complex of ginger, cinnamon, clove, pine, some honey or molasses, breads malts. Smells sweet and spicy, very pleasant with a hint of brown sugar and orange peel.

Flavor is very smooth, spices hit the palate first but are followed by a clean malt base and it's a hint sweet without overdoing it. Almost reminiscent of fruitcake, it starts out with cinnamon and spice, followed by pine, and with a smooth orangey finish. Very little noticeable bitterness if any and mild fruit flavors.

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Overall this is one of the better Christmas beers I've tried. It's spicy without being overwhelming, piney without being too pungent, and has a deep, satiny body that goes down easily with a pleasant aftertaste. This beer is what I had hoped ST 2xmas would be like, the aromas are similar, but FH presents a much smoother and more palatable flavor in my opinion. Not something I'd want all the time, but I would certainly recommend trying it.

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Holly Jolly Christmas Ale from Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon
85 out of 100 based on 243 ratings.