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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Photo of Kegatron
3.33/5  rDev -15.9%
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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3/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of Duff27
3.88/5  rDev -2%
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 Stinkypuss
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
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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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of cpetrone84
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
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 Tucquan
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2011-11-25 in Pittsburgh, PA

A - Amber-brown with a 1-finger tan head and mild lacing.

S - Mild light-medium roasted malt and "Christmas" spices. Pretty mild aroma.

T - Ginger, caramel, cinnamon, orange peel, light sourdough. Reminds me of a midly-rum-flavored fruit cake.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation. Bubbly.

O - A tasty (but not epic) seasonal.

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Photo of Zonian1
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of ckollias
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
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 PittBeerGirl
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Tyrawlings
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of nrbw23
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
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 jampics2
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ Fat Heads Cleveland. Served in a pint glass.

This festive brew is an copper orange color with some yellow and red hints around the edges. The beer has very nice head retention and lace. The beer is relatively clear with just a touch of haze and has very little active carbonation.

The smell is full of sugar and spice and everything nice. Some cinnamon, ginger, honey and nutmeg. A touch of coriander as well. The spices are expressive and really quite well-integrated. If I had to pick one, I'd say the cinnamon was dominant, but the honey and nutmeg really have nice presence too.

The taste follows the smell. Really nice honey and ginger. No noticeable alcohol. Nutmeg and ginger on the backside. Very well spiced without loosing the beer focus. The malt is sweet and grounds the experience.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with perfect carbonation. The carb gives a touch of an edge then becomes creamy and subdued. The aftertaste is full of sweetness, honey, and a touch of lingering spices. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of goblue3509
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
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 adamette
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery a few hours ago. Review from notes. Poured into a clean, clear glass. From notes at the brewery:

A festive spiced holiday ale that warms the spirit and brings good cheer to all that partake. Cinnamon, ginger, honey, coriander, nutmeg and orange peel spice this ale and capture the flavors and aromas of Christmas. Both naughty and nice at the same, so be good for goodness sake.

A Light brown head over a translucent amber brown with moderate lacing as I sipped.

S Alcohol with malt and distant spices. Maybe some hops.

T Nice depth, spice profile and that medium roast malt. Very good taste. Better than Great Lakes Christmas Ale in my opinion.

M Full, smooth feel, the best feature of this beer. Much smoother than Great Lakes Christmas Ale.

D Good. I could have a few of these with no trouble.

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KJ2013
4/5  rDev +1%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Eastside151
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of traviswhillier
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Hacksaw99
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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