Christmas Ale | Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
This malty, full-bodied red ale is made with traditional mulling spices: Ginger, Clove, All Spice, Cinnamon & Nutmeg. If this one doesn't get you into the Christmas spirit, you truly are a Scrooge.

Bottled: 16.0 OG | 16 IBUs | 6.5% ABV

Canned: 14.0 OG | 16 IBUs | 5.5% ABV

Added by NeroFiddled on 11-24-2002

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Reviews by ZachKelly:
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3.42/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Photo of oberon
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another great offering from Sly Fox pours a deep red with some copper tints with a real nice fluffy head that leaves some nice lacing on its way down,aroma is of allspice and cinnamon with some light metallic hints.A real fine tasting brew cinnamon is the dominant taste I get with some light allspice notes a nice malty/bready backbone to makes it very appetizing.Gotta growler of it and now enjoying at home.

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of GameOfBeers
4.04/5  rDev +9.8%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Billolick
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can, Best By 03/24/14 printed on the bottom of the can.

Pours darker amber, minor khaki head, leaving a smattering of fine bits of scattered lacing.

Cinnamon dominates the nose as well as the palate. Hints of ginger but mostly cinnamon and more cinnamon. Too much cinnamon. Meh, not my favorite winter warmer, over spiced and under malted.

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Photo of warriorsoul
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up this 750ml cork and caged bottle at the brewery, during their IPA Project.
Rust in color with a full two fingers of light tan head...quite carbonated and all but a thin layer fades rapidly.
Bountiful in the nose...toffee, allspice, corriander and a mild sweet caramel malt.
Not overly spiced in the taste...some of the cinammon shines thru in the flavor with the allspice being the most prominent of the spices mentioned on the label.
I dig the balanced hop profile that takes away from the malty sweetness, which is minimal. A roasty finish keeps this one true to the off flavors in the back end.
Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and the carbonation is higher than average.
A nice beer to celebrate to day for me...will hunt this one down again for next year.

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Photo of tigg924
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brown color with one inch head. Cinnamon, clove, nut and ginger dominate. Good light bodied ale with moderate carbonation. A good holiday beer.

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4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

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3.21/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of briandaube
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bocktown Beer and Grill draft offering and first appearance of this one I have seen in Pittsburgh so far...appears a ruby amber tone with a nice sized off white cream head dwindles at a moderate pace leaves behind specks of scattered lacing on my pint glass. Aroma comes off initially with subtle spicing nutmeg, cinnamon, mild wood character along with a pronounced caramel malt sweetness that is balanced by pine cone scented hoppy accents. Flavor...the spices liven up a bit especially as it warms a multitude of Christmas spices really scream festivities and there's a great piney bitterness going on here that goes great with that caramel cinnamon slightly herbal tone. Mouthfeel is medium bodied ale with moderate carbonation somewhat noticeable residual sugars giving a mild syrupy character to the texture, overall a smooth flowing Christmas ale. Drinkability goes down nicely very entertained by Sly Fox once again I'm sure I will be sampling this one again in the next few weeks. A note from the website that the draft is 5.5% abv compared to the bottled was good just like all of the Sly Fox stuff that has crossed my palate.

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

(Served in a chalice)

A- With the first pour this beer filled the glass with nothing but tan foam that turned rocky. After a bit of settling and filling a warm brown crystal clear but a bit dense body fills the glass. There was a big carbonation of large bubbles supporting the head.

S- The soft smell of pine and ginger has a bit of a soapy smell and then a nice biscuit malt aroma comes through. The finish is a cinnamon funky smell that is pleasant.

T- The taste of dry biscuit malt and brown malt soon give way to a myriad of spice flavors. A soft allspice note comes through and some dry nutmeg and cloves come through followed by a dull cinnamon flavor and a finish of bitterness. There is a light ginger dry spice flavor that lingers after each sip.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a tight fizz finish and a soft alcohol heat when it warms a bit.

D- The malt flavors are nice but the spices are a bit of a muttled train wreck. Some are interesting some are a bit bla but they are all fighting with one another. In a bomber it is a beer you want to share with friends.

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Photo of acurtis
3.42/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CloudStrife
4.17/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 ml split and poured into a snifter. Expired 10/22/12 per bottle. Talk about hard to open.

A: Pours a very opaque dark orangish ruby with a full three finger lightly tanned head. Doesnt leave any lacing. Some visible chunks floating in the body.

S: A good deal of spice. Clove, cinnamon, allspice still very well rounded. Lots of graham cracker crust characteristics. Brown sugar in there as well.

T: Not an overload of spice, a well done and nice blend. Hints of sweetness round it out nicely. This is a balanced beer, perfect for a winter warmer.

M: Fairly light body with medium carbonation. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel but really none too heavy. Isnt too sticky from the sweetness but finishes rather clean.

Overall for a light ABV beer this one has held up pretty well. Any of the rough edges that may have been present earlier have melded together leaving a balanced brew.

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Photo of box986
4.04/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of alcohline_trip
3.27/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of caddybuyer
4.45/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Beautiful deep red brown with a huge light tan head that lasts forever

S-Malt and ginger with some clove in the background.

T-Spices come through with a malt and cherry sweetness that really shines when this warms a bit. The finish is dry and clean with an excellent hop balance to offset the sweetness. This is one tasty brew without being overpowered with seasonal spices.

M-A tad bit lighter than I was expecting, but that is not a bad thing. Above average carbonation, but overall very well done.

D-This is a very drinkable seasonal, and of everything that I have tasted yet this year...this is my hands down favorite when it comes to the spiced beer warmer variety. The cherry backdrop adds a very interesting twist to this, and while it sits behind the spices, it is a welcome and tasty addition.

I just had the opportunity to re-review this as somehow my local distributor just got a case of the 2008 version in from the brewery. The 2008 is far superior to the 2009 version, with a marked cherry character. Very nice, and a year has toned down the effervescent character that marked this last year.

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Photo of ggaughan
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on Christmas night and last night as well from 750 ml bottles. The beer poured a clear red/amber color with a very thick off white head that grew very quickly as I poured. It took a little bit of waiting for some of the head to subside.

The nose of this beer has some definite and strong winter spice notes along with a rich malty touch as well. The taste is a very nice blend of the spices (clove, cinnamon, ginger) and a chocolately malt backbone that works very well and makes for a very drinkable beer.

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