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Christmas Ale - Breckenridge Brewery

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Christmas AleChristmas Ale

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757 Ratings

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Ratings: 757
Reviews: 356
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 14.57%
Wants: 9
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Breckenridge Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-28-2002)
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Photo of bditty187
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can’t say this “legendary” brew wowed me much. Pours dark brown, reddish highlights, good clarity. The head was surprisingly minimal, poor retention, some spotty lace. The nose seemed too clean but there is a healthy dose of toasted, sweet malt. Straightforward taste; malty sweet yet bitter. Plenty of alcohol to warm the soul on a cold night. Overall this is a decent “winter warmer,” not a “must try” but don’t stray away from it either.

bditty187, Dec 26, 2002
Photo of budgood1
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours out a deep dark ruby color. a hard pour produces an thin brown head. surprising enough it does leave a nice lace as you drink it. aroma of choco/caramel malt with fresh northwest hops. caramel malt flavors ride an oily and buttery mouthfeel straight down my throat. seems too slick...citric hop flavors are there and gone too. it needs more carbonation or something...lots of body and hoppiness is lost because there is nothing to hold it up. high ABV is apparent but succinctly masked. they slide down way too easy for such a high ABV, and i'm sure they're even more potent in the rarified air of colorado.

budgood1, Dec 10, 2002
Photo of aracauna
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The body is deep brown with a good head that lasts fairly well. There are aromas of hay, lemon and molasses. The flavor is dark but not thick. The malt is wood and molasses. It is sweet and meaty but not heavy or chewy.

aracauna, Dec 03, 2002
Photo of marc77
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark garnet hue, w/ excellent clarity. The beige, intially thick head settles into a thin, spotty layer that coats the rim of the glass. Dark caramel sweetness and bready malt upfront aromawise, followed by drying biscuit and mild diacetyl butterscotch. Trace chocolate malt. Lightly earthy Fuggles hop nose and fruity esters lend an overall "British" aroma profile. Rich, dark caramel coupled with biscuit malt lends an toffeeish sweetness initally in flavor, then mellow diacetyl surfaces and provides richness. Although the hop bitterness is mild, a pleasantly dry, nutty, cracker like maltiness assists in offsetting the malt sweetness. Moderately bodied, and smooth in mouthfeel, due to both ample residual dextrins and low relative carbonation. Perhaps a touch oily. The earthy hop flavor mirrors that of the aroma, but is present at a lower level. Finishes sweet, w/ hints of burnt malt. Rustic breadiness coats the palate with an exhale. Breckenrige Xmas is a well above average and tasty winter brew. A bit high in diacetyl, but that seems to complement the dark caramel character. It was a steal for me at $4.99 a sixer.

marc77, Dec 02, 2002
Photo of rockdick
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my first "winter brew" to try and was much different than I anticipated, in a good way though. Poured a dark, reddish-brown color with a head that lasted pretty long. Smelled and tasted of sweet caramel and chocolate malts. Very appealing to the palate.
This stuff is pretty strong too. 2 or 3 sitting around the Christmas tree will make you see reindeer or elves running around your living room. Good stuff, I'll be buying it again.

rockdick, Nov 26, 2002
Photo of Dogbrick
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This stuff knocked my socks off! I was really surprised at how good this tasted, with a rich dark color and full flavor. This will definitely catch up to you after a few in front of the fireplace. Sweet malty taste and a long, mellow finish.

Dogbrick, Jul 08, 2002
Photo of Pegasus
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown in color with a huge tan head that fades slowly, with moderate lace. Aroma of chocolate and caramel predominates. Chocolate and then burnt caramel dominate the palate with a slightly hoppy finish, strong alcohol taste, quite warming. Not as much character as some winter beers I have tried, but certainly decent and very potent.

Pegasus, Apr 28, 2002
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Christmas Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
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