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Christmas Ale | Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon

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Brewed by:
Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
Ohio, United States

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Winter

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Added by Kegatron on 07-20-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 34 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by primrose54:
Photo of primrose54
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A=Deep ruby red, with a very little white head. Some white lacing

S=Lots of honey some cinnamon and sweet malts.

T= Taste starts off with honey and sweet malts. The beer finishes with lots of holiday spices, especially cinnamon.

M= Medium bodied beer, which surprised be due to the ABV. This beer is dangerously drinkable!

D= This is a great beer, very drinkable!

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Photo of natedoggsd
4.64/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had on tap in a pint glass at Fat Heads North Olmsted for Christmas in July.

A: Pours a deep red color, with only a small amount of head or lacing.

S: The smell is sweet and spicy, with honey and cinnamon dominating the nose.

T: taste is of malts and honey up front, with the holiday spices coming through in the finish, as well as a nice winter warmer warmth that carries through.

M: mouthfeel was actually a little thin, probably the least impressive aspect of the beer.

D: this beer was dangerously drinkable at 7%. If I hadn't wanted to move on to try other beers on the menu, I could have had several more of these and been quite happy and toasty.

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Photo of Zonian1
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kegatron
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap @ Fathead's (Pittsburgh, PA) on 7/18/09. Just released that day, for Christmas in July. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a deep clear amber, with a 1/2 finger of eggshell-white colored head. A creamy layer of film skims the surface, leaving some quality spotty lacing back. The aroma is fairly sweet with some caramel and citrus, as well as some festive spicy notes. The spice isn't exactly jumping out but I am picking out some cinnamon and nutmeg. Touch of warmth to the nose. It adds a bit of beef to this but doesn't help the lack of depth much.

The taste starts with a big sweet base of caramel and honey, with an aggressive (at least more so than the aroma) tingle of holidy spices, before a bit of moderate bitterness pulls up the back. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a fairly prickly feel to it but then mellows out a bit towards the finish. I'm not picking up much of the ABV in the body as well. Maybe just a touch but definitely not as much as I was expecting. Good thing too, as I could imagine this easily becoming a hot, sticky, and spicy mess as it warmed.

This was OK I guess. Nice balance of festive flavors but this just lacked a certain depth to it, that kept it uninteresting to drink. The body was probably the best part, with the ABV (like their IPA that I had just had) being very nicely hidden.

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Photo of vrbulldog22
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Tyrawlings
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Hacksaw99
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of ike4tay45
4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours amberish brown, leaving little head. Not cloudy.

Smells good like Christmas spices - I actually pick up cinnamon mostly, but there is beer stuff too like hops and malts lurking.

Taste is nice and rich, malty and spicy - a bit of alcohol comes through too.

mouthfeel is pretty good - but get it while its cooler, as it warms it flattens out.

The finish is clean, and an alcohol swipe cleans the pallet.

This is a very drinkable beverage and I highly recommend it. It isn't too sharply spiced as some, but it still has that holiday flavor. Try it!

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Photo of Lelampp
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Eastside151
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of ckollias
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this on tap at Fat’s head.

A: Pours a dark amber hue with a thin, 1-finger, white head that quickly dissipates into a wispy lace.

S: Spicy malty aroma with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg.

T: Smooth spicy malt flavor with hints of cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg.

M: Medium body and minimal carbonation.

O: Delicious winter warmer – one of the best Christmas’s ales I’ve had.

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Photo of drewloc
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fat Heads Christmas Ale on tap poured into a standard pint glass.

Copper in color with a long lasting off white head, good lacing on the glass.

Smells faintly malty but overall not overpowering.

The brew has a chewey malt profile and a good amount of "holiday spice: cloves, anisseed, and a good helping of spruce.
Medium bodied and full flavored, leaves behind a lot of spice on the tongue in its long, appetizingly spicy finish.

Overall, a well rounded beer that has alot going on. Good for Christmas in July, and for any other occassion.

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Photo of goblue3509
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear reddish amber color with a thin half finger slightly off white head which gives to skim. No lace is left on the glass. The aroma is of cinnomon and nutmeg with a hint of piney hops. It smells almost like a pine tree at the end. The taste starts out with some sweet malt and gives way to a big cinnomon taste with a nice nutmeg flavor. The end has a touch of vanilla with a pine tree hop bite. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. Overall a very good beer nice big aroma and a nice big flavor to follow the nose a must try.

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Photo of sitarist
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Browns149
5/5  rDev +28.2%

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of Duff27
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark golden red body below a one inch tall white head. Head retention is the tits, sticky lacing too. A good lookin beer!

Cinnamon, "allspice", some sort of spiced flower.

Subdied but present spices. Has a certain breadiness about it. Drinks lower than the stated 6.7%abv

Smooth, low carbonation. Medium to medium-thin mouthfeel.

Very easy drinking spice Christmas ale here, gets a bump for drinkability. The appearance and aroma are top-tier for the style in my opinion. Glad I got to try it, thanks MaxSpang!

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

draught served at Fathead's in Pittsburgh

A-deep orangish brown color, thin white head that leaves virtually no lace

S-very light aroma's that give off some cinnamon and a hint of vanilla

T/M-smooth and slightly creamy, there is a fair amount of carbonation that tastes of spice, mostly cinnamon, some nutmeg and a hint of pepper that also has a touch of vanilla

D-pretty tasty, decent mouthfeel, I could have a couple of these.

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Photo of ALifeWellWasted
2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

Photo of nrbw23
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a light copperish red color with a thin off white head. Head becomes a ring of bubbles around the edge and leaves a bit of spotty lacing.

S- Picking up the typical winter warmer/Christmas ale spices, but nothing over the top. Maybe even a bit lighter than most, but still good.

T- Follows the nose really well. Again maybe a tad lighter in the spices than most others for the style.

M- Medium in both body and carbonation.

O- Very solid and good beer. If your not a huge fan of the spices of the style you might want to try this one as the spice is there but nothing over the top.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Stinger80OH
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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