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Christmas Ale - Olde Hickory Brewery

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BA SCORE
79
okay

66 Ratings
THE BROS
74
okay

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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 16.47%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Olde Hickory Brewery visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  ABV ?

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Loki on 12-29-2003)
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Photo of GPHarris
2.65/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

a - poured a one finger thick bubbly tan head that left a thin ring throughout. the body was a deep amber color.
s - oranges with some honey and malt sweetness to balance it out.
t - oranges with some spices with a grainy/bready balance.
m - thin.
o - not overly impressed. seems to be a mish-mash of flavors and aromas that don't mesh well. a little dull.

GPHarris, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Texasfan549, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +15.6%

kjkinsey, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of BigTrubble
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

BigTrubble, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of jonmorgan
1/5  rDev -71.1%

jonmorgan, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of Durge
3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at The Mellow Mushroon in Greensboro, NC, this holiday brew is a dark mahogany color with solid off-white fluff on top and lots of lacing. The aroma is weak wheat, really nothing more which seems very odd for a Christmas brew. The flavor is better with mild evergreen and caramel with a little citrus apple brightness. i also detected just a touch of cardboard but not much. There is some distinct juniper and allspice. It's medium light in body with a mild, tingly feel. Good but not great.

Durge, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

t0rin0, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of lupercmda
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

lupercmda, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of Axnjxn
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Axnjxn, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of tdm168
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - dark orangish amber with a big frothy, white head that has good retention

S - a bit soapy, a hint of yeast, all around unusual aroma

T - nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, caramel, faint orange peel

M - medium bodied, good carbonation

This is an all-right beer. There isn't anything to separate it from the dozen other beers out this time of year with the exact same spice profile. In the end this is a decent beer but boring. It was nice to try once, but I won't be buying it again.

tdm168, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of OldhouseRecs
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

OldhouseRecs, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of mklinger
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

mklinger, Jul 17, 2012
Photo of beer2day
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sat on this one for a bit to see if age would smooth it out some.

Orange gold pour with 2 fingers of darker khaki head. Thin lace and decent head retention well into the glass.

Nose is very understated for a winter warmer. Sour fruit (cherries, apples), caramel malt, allspice, and light earth hops round things out. A touch of light peat lingers there too. Not bad, but could be more aggressive.

Tastes is definitely on the sweet side. Honey, flowery hops and a light, spicy finish define this glass. Leaves with a cake-like sweetness on the back end. Not bad, but just a bit too sweet.

Feel is too thin for the flavors, even though they are light.

Overall, not the best offering from OH. Didn't care for it much back in January and not much better now.

beer2day, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -13.3%

acurtis, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of danoeltico
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

danoeltico, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of cantfindme
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

cantfindme, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of jmarsh123
2.4/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a reddish brown with a small off-white head and good lacing down the glass.

Smells like nutmeg with some malty sweetness.

Starts off slightly spicy then recedes into a honey sweetness with a little nutmeg. Definitely malt forward.

Too thin for my taste. Carbonation level is good.

Usually like Olde Hickory, but this one doesn't do it for me. A bit too sweet without the backing mouthfeel and kind of bland overall.

jmarsh123, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of Lantern
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Lantern, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of jak
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

jak, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of CooperEllis
3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a bad bottle overall but a bit disappointing as it is very thin in the mouthfeel and the flavor is dominated by the two added favors: honey and "spices" here nutmeg.

Redish amber, thin bubbles, no lacing.

Nose is honey, nutmeg, ginger and clove.

Thin mouthfeel, a thin bit of malt but taste is dominated by the cinnamon, nutmeg, clove. Crisp ending helps but I think this misses the mark a bit.

One of the people I had this with felt it was the "tastiest" of the bottles we sampled tonight.

(145th)

CooperEllis, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of meich75
4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

meich75, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of RedneckBeerz
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Dead Guy Ale pint and the brew is a clear medium dark brown with coppery notes. The small off white head (1/4") disappears and covers the brew around the edge of the glass and a whispy covering on the beer itself. The lacing is whispy as well.

The aroma is malty and spicy.

The flavor follows the nose with the spices composed of Ginger (minor flavor), Cinnamon (more minor flavor), and orange zest (probably the most noticeable, yet very subdued) as well as "local" honey which contributes some minor sweet tones. There is no bittering or flavoring hops to speak of, but evidentley enough are present to keep this from being to sweet.

It has a medium mouthfeel with no stickiness on the corners of the lips and lowish carbination.

This is a good beer that hits alot of marks on the style description. Not a beer that I would actually seek out, but one that is a B+ brew per style description and that is not over the top with spices.

RedneckBeerz, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of mdfb79
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From 12/18/11 notes. Received as an extra from Beerverage; thanks man. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Bell's tulip.

a - Pours a clear dark amber-orange color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of honey, fruity malts, spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, and bready malts. Pretty nice nose, reminds me of gingerbread cookies.

t - Taste is very bland; some light cinnamon, bready malts, and toasted malts. No honey or fruit here like in the nose. Not bad but a step down from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

o - Overall a bit disappointing. The nose was nice and promising full of cinnamon and nutmeg, but the taste was very bland. Not a bad beer but probably something I'd pass on next time.

mdfb79, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

nmann08, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of therope
2/5  rDev -42.2%

therope, Dec 19, 2011
Christmas Ale from Olde Hickory Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.