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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

148 Ratings
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Ratings: 148
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.87%
Wants: 6
Gots: 16 | 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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angeepangie

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

02-28-2014 00:42:16 | More by angeepangie
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5/5  rDev +31.9%

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02-22-2014 21:28:06 | More by
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rlee1390

Indiana

3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 00:15:17 | More by rlee1390
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superspak

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 05:00:39 | More by superspak
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BarryMFBurton

Indiana

3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 01:39:23 | More by BarryMFBurton
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Johnroby

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

02-05-2014 03:14:23 | More by Johnroby
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BlueWinged35

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

02-04-2014 18:51:25 | More by BlueWinged35
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mhammo129

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

02-04-2014 07:40:52 | More by mhammo129
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Pensfan0782

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.5%

01-30-2014 00:37:26 | More by Pensfan0782
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Gschaf

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

01-30-2014 00:09:21 | More by Gschaf
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Auslander

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

01-27-2014 15:23:46 | More by Auslander
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robgage

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

01-24-2014 01:30:29 | More by robgage
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mattreitz49

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

01-20-2014 03:10:35 | More by mattreitz49
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Drknight

Virginia

4/5  rDev +5.5%

01-11-2014 17:28:29 | More by Drknight
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bgramels

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

01-03-2014 03:04:57 | More by bgramels
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown color with a white head that recedes to a fine layer. Aroma of molasses, brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon and spice.

In the taste, fairly spicy, with allspice, cinnamon and nutmeg balanced by sugary malts and a balancing hop bitterness. The mild citrusy hops give the impression of lemon candies. There is a smallish nutty malt flavor. Medium to full bodied ale that drinks easy

Overall this is a nice spiced ale and a good holiday brew. The spices were not overwhelming, like in some renditions of the style. This is pretty good stuff, as to be expected from this brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

01-01-2014 19:30:05 | More by Stinkypuss
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

3.36/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - a pretty pour, clear amber/ruby brew with a finger of manila cream. Festive and elegant.

Aroma - cola/anise, powdery grain.

Taste - like the nose, a cola/anise flavor, malty sweetness. A middle of the road seasonal, but a good crossover into the winter ale styles that tend to be sweeter.

Mouthfeel - smooth, decent weight for the style, slightly muted carbonation.

Overall - decent session Christmas beer, though GLC still rules the roost. A toast of this beer to Steve who introduced himself at the King of the Hill IPA tasting at Incline Public House. He needed a sitdown and I was happy to share my table. Joined by his brother Frank and sister-in-law Leanne, I was about to leave but they bought me one, so thanks for that!! Meeting new friends over good beer is always a keeper in the holiday memories department. Great to meet you guys, cheers!

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2013 02:24:31 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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rwilde

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

12-30-2013 15:17:38 | More by rwilde
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cyrushire

Florida

4/5  rDev +5.5%

12-29-2013 06:12:53 | More by cyrushire
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olbubba

Florida

4/5  rDev +5.5%

12-29-2013 04:42:55 | More by olbubba
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TheRealPour

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

12-29-2013 04:37:52 | More by TheRealPour
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monriverrat

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5.5%

12-28-2013 23:50:32 | More by monriverrat
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Trfagan3

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

12-26-2013 04:06:57 | More by Trfagan3
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nitter

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

12-25-2013 22:47:23 | More by nitter
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Crafts_and_recreation

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 21:42:12 | More by Crafts_and_recreation
Holly Jolly Christmas Ale from Fat Heads Brewery & Saloon
85 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.