Barley's Christmas Ale | Barley's Brewing Company

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Barley's Brewing Company
Ohio, United States

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-27-2002

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Ratings: 30 |  Reviews: 12
Photo of cueball52
3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It has a light color and body but packs a lot of flavor. The spice associated with the style is there but is very well balanced. Similar to Great Lakes but side by side it would stand on it's own. I look forward to this annual release.

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Photo of tullossjr
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MrsSpills
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of ckollias
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of shadwow13
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dopespike
4.9/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of jrallen34
3.37/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I drank this on tap into a tasting glass.

The beer pours an orangy copper color with a light white head, light carbonation.

The aroma is light nutmeg, cinamin, pine and alcohol.

The taste is light and delicate which is good because with the aromas this beer could be really overwhelming. The taste you get are a lots of tart pine and alcohol dominating with nutmeg mixed in there.

The beer is too watery and not very drinkable.

Overall a decent spiced winter beer.

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Photo of Otesanek
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft into a standard shaker pint, at the release party 2009, drowsy lads laying down some Irish tunes. No lingering head, perhaps from the oils of the spices. Great color and excellent clarity however. The aroma is muted, perhaps because the beer is quite cold, but there are definite winter spices and some sweet malts, lightly toasty, with a tiny hint of orange peel. The taste is sweet and slightly tangy with a mellow spicing, seems to be dominated by cinnamon and ginger. The finish is super clean with just a faint lingering spice. The mouthfeel is light and easy, with perfect carbonation. I assume a lower ABV because this stuff is soooo easy to put away.

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Photo of csmiley
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to fellow BA prototypic for hooking this one up.

A - Pours clear and amber with an off white head. Got about half inch worth of foam that shows decent retention. Head settles to a paper thin cap of suds that barely coats the top of the brew. Leaves a good amount of lace around the glass.

S - Smells sweet at first. Aromas of caramel and cinnamon flavored hard candy roll of this brew. Notes of smooth Christmas spice show midway. A little bready toward the end with darker bread dough and some crust.

T - A warm spiciness hits the palate first. Mostly cinnamon and maybe ginger. Caramel forms a solid base at this point and mixes ever so slightly with a mild doughy flavor. If the flavors work just right there are notes of fresh cinnamon roll. Mild alcohol brings up the rear. Some fruity flavors push through as it warms - pineapple and orange maybe.

M - Lighter bodied and light on the carbonation. Finish is sweet and spicey. This one is very smooth throughout.

D - Drinkability is good. Balance is very nice for this ale. It seems to disappear way too quick. Quite easy to put down a few pints in one session. There is just enough complexity to keep it from becoming cloying after a while. Easily recommended brew from Barley's

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Photo of xare
3.61/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured as an amber-mahogany color with a nice tan head that dissipates far too quickly for my taste. But it's very nice looking.

Smell was rather average - smelled like "beer" with a touch of orange... rather faint overtones of honey and ginger. But you have to struggle to discern them.

Taste was of ginger, honey, and orange. But again, have to struggle to discern them. Nice combo of flavors that were harmonious together though.

Mouthfeel was rather thin and the head didn't help very much. Carbonation didn't add pop either. Rather flat at times, but was quite smooth.

Drinkability is very high. Was able to polish off the growler within a couple of hours. Would definitely buy this again and polish another growler off again. Very easy to drink - I think the ABV is actually in the 5-6% range. Reasonably priced as well, definitely a must-drink if you have access to it.

Overall - a very solid seasonal beer.

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Photo of tkarsies
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from growler into pint glass. Served cool.
Appearance was a clear amber with a 2 finger beige head that leaves lots of sticky lacing
The nose is full of holiday spices¬óginger, orange peel, hint of cinnamon, and others. Very nice.
Taste is the same as the nose. Spices very prominent up front. After that, a solid malt backbone that supports more spices and a nice hop bitterness.
Light carbonation contributes to a creamy mouthfeel.
I don’t know what the ABV is, but alcohol is not evident at all. This has just the right mix of spices and maltiness. It is easy to drink, and went well with Thanksgiving dinner as well as standing on its own. I have not been a big fan of winter warmers, but I will be seeking this out next year.

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Photo of genog
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a great amber color with clear, and sparkling body. Thin white layer of head that leaves great lacing along the side of the glass. Smell is just like the holidays smell, if that makes sense. Cinnamon, Nutmeg, spices. Taste is delicious with the spices up front making a nice sweetness followed by a nice hop bite in the finish with some spicy floral. Mouthfeeling is crisp with great bubbles of carbonation.

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Barley's Christmas Ale from Barley's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 30 ratings