Holly Jolly Christmas Ale - Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon
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4.5/5 rDev +18.7%
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...
12-25-2012 06:15:00 | More by tankg
4.4/5 rDev +16.1%
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.
Mouthfeel is one of this beer's strong points in my opinion, it's smooth and silky with a full body and clean finish. Flavor is really carried across the palate by this rich brew and is surprisingly drinkable for its strength.
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.
12-25-2013 21:42:12 | More by Crafts_and_recreation
4.03/5 rDev +6.3%
Enjoyed this 12oz stubby bottle out of a Belgian tulip glass.
A: Pours a dark amber-orangish with a thick, fizzy, off-white, head that slowly dissipates down the side of the glass ending in a solid lace.
S: Malty aroma with spicy backbone consisting of mostly of ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
T: Similar to the smell this malty brew has flavors of cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg Lots of spices and complex flavors here.
M: Medium body and medium carbonation.
O: Excellent winter spiced ale. Very flavorful and balanced.
12-27-2012 03:41:43 | More by ckollias
Holly Jolly Christmas Ale from Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon
85 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.