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Brewer's Art St. Festivus Holiday Ale - The Brewer's Art

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49 Ratings
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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 8.08%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Brewer's Art visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: GeoffFromSJ on 12-27-2003)
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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A clear, deep chestnut brown body is capped by a short head of creamy tan foam that holds well and leaves some very nice lacing about the glass. The nose is limited but offers a combination of delicate yeasty fruitiness, an almost burnt-sugar caramelization to its malt, and some noticeable but not discernable spice. The body is medium-full and a bit dextrinous with a very fine carbonation that lends a gentle zest to the tongue before it warms to become smoother. Gingerbread spice and light citrus (orange) hit the tongue up-front, backed by a deeply caramelized maltiness that seems to have a roasted edge to it and some mild dark fruit. It's bitterness is solid despite its spice, and it's far more dry than sugary. Spice lingers in the aftertaste along with a touch of biscuity, subtly roasty malt (like a cookie lightly charred around the edges). Its alcohol never really comes out in the flavor or the aroma, but after a pint you'll feel that there's something there. Quite nice! A welcome treat on a blustery day!

NeroFiddled, Jan 08, 2004
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4/5  rDev +1%

sneth019, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of fourstringer
4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 mL corked & caged bottle into a Brewer's Art goblet and a Duvel tulip. Moderately gentle hand. 2012 vintage - cellared since last year.

A: Very dark ruby-tinted brown with 1 finger of tan head. Good retention. Light lacing.

S: Sweet dark malts, raisin, cherry. Lighter spice notes. Chocolate is present. Nice.

T: Great dark, roasted malt flavor up front with dried fruit sweetness, although not nearly as saccharine as the nose suggests. Caramel and toffee. Dark chocolate on the semi-dry finish. Mild hop bitterness develops for balance. Light alcohol, fairly low for 8% ABV.

M: Moderate carbonation, a bit high for the flavor profile, with a nice full-ish body. Light creaminess. Did smooth out as it warmed in the glass.

O: Very nice brew. Full flavored and drinkable. The term "Winter warmer" doesn't mean much to me, but I'd say this drinks much like a doppelbock with a little dubbel and Scotch ale mixed in. I believe this aged quite well since last year - seems like more complexity and depth this time around. BA continues to do a bang up job.


fourstringer, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of vandemonian
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brewer's Art Festivus is a nice, spicy winter warmer. I really enjoyed drinking it on a cold, snowy Baltimore Boxing day.

A: It was server in a nice goblet and had a brown colour and good 3 mm head. 4.5

S: Smells of spicy Ginger. Not a strong smell. 3.5

T: Very malty up front with some hints of ginger. Smooth and super drinable. 4

M: Quite carbonated. Feels good man. 4

O: A very nice brew. 4.5

NOTE: I had this back on Boxing day last year but I didn't bother putting up the review until now.

vandemonian, May 04, 2011
Photo of u2carew
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a goblet. Consumed 11/27/09
A- Creamy one finger head. Lacing is thin and sticky. Dark mahogany in color.
S - The aroma was muted - possibly the goblet serving hindered this. What I did pick up was some caramel. Light graininess. Alcohol.
T - Blast of malty sweetness up front. Slightly smoky. Mellow caramel. Cherry. A subtle hop bite. The malt combinations are fantastic. The added spices are hard to pick out but that doesn't effect the overall taste.
M - Fizzy. Crisp. Medium body.
D - A delicious seasonal brew. I'd definitely have another one.

u2carew, Nov 28, 2009
Photo of rdrummer
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a clody amber with a brownish head. It had long-lasting, but light lacing. The aroma is an almost overwhelming spiciness that consists of ginger, clove, and nutmeg. The taste though is almost all malt, a blend of malts at that. There is also that hint of ginger that keeps the spiciness going. It is lighter in the mouth than I expected but it was a beer that cried for more than one. A very good effort for the boys in Baltimore.

rdrummer, Jan 03, 2004
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4/5  rDev +1%

mendvicdog, Jan 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

Ghizmo, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of Dithyramb
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed the brew named after the patron saint of Ravens post-season on Friday night at the Brewer’s Art. (Might as well celebrate separately, there will be no Ravens Festivus parties this year…)
Pushed my way past the vodka and tonic Mt. Vernoners to call out my order to the excellent basement bartenders. They served it in a tulip glass, charging me an amazing $3.50. The chalkboard claimed an 8% ABV.

Didn’t get much of a head with the pour, but there was a sticky ring of lacing that stayed throughout.
Nose was very faint, but there was some light malt. (Not sure if this was the non-headed pour, smoky surroundings, or my earlier Indian meal…)
Ooh yeah! Mr. Festivus is a very tasty and drinkable beer. I had several that night. No real hops to speak of, but it does have a dry finish. A very well done malt backbone (caramel and biscuits) has a fruity and spiciness with it. Just like a lightly citrus tinged gingerbread cookie. Mmm, I should have stopped by earlier in the season.
8% didn’t warm the mouth, but did warm the head and left the face and cheeks glowing. Had just the right amount of carbonation for the medium bodied brew. Yet again, another incredible beer from Brewer’s Art.

Dithyramb, Jan 10, 2005
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4/5  rDev +1%

kevintaraross, Dec 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

Drknight, Dec 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

atone315, Dec 21, 2013
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3/5  rDev -24.2%

mportnoy, Dec 02, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

AngusOg, May 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

Oakenator, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of ckollias
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this at Brewer’s art in Baltimore, Maryland.

A: Pours dark mahogany hue a tan 1 -finger head that dissipates slowly and leaves a wispy lace.

S: Sweet Belgian candi aroma with burnt caramel in the background.

T: Similar to the aroma the flavor consist of a sweet Belgian candi flavor aroma, with hints of fruits in the background. Slight tastes of curacao orange peel and ginger.

M: Very strong and boozy. Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Nice Winter Warmer – great flavor and enough alcohol to make it interesting.

ckollias, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of Gavage
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a dark brown color with a 1" head that slowly falls to a thick surface foam. Some big bubbles sit on the surface.

Smell: dark fruit sweetness and a bit of spiciness is detectable.

Taste: nice malt base with dark cherries, orange, a hint of chocolate, a bit of ginger, and a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp from start to finish. Long lasting aftertaste here.

Overall: a hearty brown ale that has been kicked up for the winter holiday season. Flavorful and goes great while sitting in front of a fireplace on a cold afternoon.

Gavage, Nov 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

ROGUE16, Aug 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1%

Page76, Dec 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1%

bigred89, Jan 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

slay, Mar 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

tcwaugh, Oct 25, 2012
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3.92/5  rDev -1%

sampsonw, Thursday at 11:59 PM
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4/5  rDev +1%

Boone757, Nov 02, 2013
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Brewer's Art St. Festivus Holiday Ale from The Brewer's Art
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