Happy Holidays Christmas Ale | Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon

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Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
Ohio, United States

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by Stigs on 11-29-2009

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Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 20
Reviews by buschbeer:
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3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle
Served in a conical pint glass

A - It is dark orange to copper in color and hazy. It has a cider-like appearance. A fleeting beige head settles as a thin skim.

S - The first smells that I notice are cinnamon and honey. As it warms, some clove and nutmeg become apparent.

T - It is a mouthful of holiday spices. Clove, cinnamon and nutmeg are all in there. Lots of flavor.

M - Medium with almost a chalkiness to it.

O - It is a good winter warmer that reminds me, if it were warmed, of a mulled cider.

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Photo of Stigs
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - medium to dark amber, a bit hazy. about a finger off just slightly off-white, tight and fluffy foam. moderate lacing.

S - huge ginger, cinnamon, spice, honey...pretty much the entire gauntlet of holiday brews. good but a tad bit overdone.

T - same as the nose, but cinnamon shows up early and just wont go away. flashes of honey and ginger, and a surprising bit of hop bitterness if you look for it.

M - quite refreshing, good carbonation and body. the overwhelming spices though wear after a bit.

D - one, maybe half of one was enough. definitely screams happy holidays but will hurt your ears after a bit.

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Photo of Sammy
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Pizza Plant. Nice looking head on grapefruit body. Lace down the glass as I drain a nutmeg, cinammon mix, cardomon mix. Sweet and a little light mouthfeel. Not tremedously drinkable but hits the style. Would have liked more hops, as it tasted more like one of these herbal teas whipped up in a blender as an ice tea.

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Photo of Pensfan0782
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of DrDemento456
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Called "Holly Jolly Christmas Ale" ABV listed as 7.4%

A - Pours a deep amber brown, clear in color. Head is kind of fizzy dispatching rather quickly.

S - A bouquet full of cinnamon, ginger, and honey. Body mostly has an Oktoberfest feel with biscuit malts and caramel.

T - Man is this tasty stuff! The cinnamon/ginger works better than most winter warmers providing a refreshing taste. The honey/biscuit works to balance the rest and with little to no hop profile it's not bitter in the slightest.

M - Kind of watery but the ABV does catch up with you. A very easy to drink winter warmer.

Overall spices are balanced and honey/biscuit sweetness is amazing. Another amazing beer!

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Photo of psuKinger
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle given to me by my buddy Ryan, poured into a standard nonic.

A: Pours a nice shade of dark amber/light brown, with an off-white head on top that dissipated quickly.

S: Lots of spice in the nose. Cinnamon. Nutmeg. Even some dark cherries, and maybe a touch of chocolate? A lot going on here. I'm already regretting not using a snifter.

T: Once again, Fathead's impresses. Taste follows the nose; cinnamon and nutmeg are present. The chocolate notes seem more pronounced in the taste than in the nose. The cherry seems curiously absent.

Underneath is a good hearty malt-backbone that mostly stays out of the way but supplies an ample amount of sweetness near the middle of the taste. What little hops were used here say hello on the back end, giving this beer just a touch of dry bitterness and maybe a hint of lemon/grapefruit sourness to help balance everything out.

M: Light and a touch on the "watery" side, but with good carbonation and a nice (but a touch on the muted side) finish.

D/O: Rather drinkable, although a touch too sweet/spicy for my liking, long term. Overall, an enjoyable offering from Fathead's, one that I will repeat next year.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean deep orange to brown-ish color with a light tan head. In the aroma, holiday spice, mainly cinnamon. In the taste, a cinnamon bite and mixture of other spice, and a sweet vanilla underneath the whole thing. A spice bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry spice in the aftertaste. The hint of vanilla was key for some sweetness.

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Photo of merock1402
3.54/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mrebeka
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of FaradayUncaged
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Skott1123
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of IronCitySteve
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Fat Heads in Pgh.

A: Pours a slightly murky dark amber color with a small one finger tan foam head. There is some lacing throughout the course of this beer.

S: Plenty of nutmeg, cinnamon, honey with a slight amount of bready. Very robust as expected with a winter warmer.

T: Ample amounts of honey and cinnamon on the front end, with more nutmeg, bread and honey on the back.

M: Leaves a sweet and spicy warm feeling on the palate.

D: A higher ABV but still a nice easy drinking winter warmer to enjoy by the fire.

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Photo of Cazlo
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish body w/ one-finger head that slowly dies with a a lace ring. A sweet malt small of breadiness and cinnamon spice along w/ hint of caramel/nutmeg. Taste is more of the same as it is not overly alcoholic or overdoes the "warming" sensation but does have nice cinnamon edge with nutmeg and brown sugar (I think). Little bit of spicy pepperiness in a medium body that goes down smooth and finishes pleasantly w/ a moderately dry backbite.

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Photo of hollywood_15063
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of rodlavers
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Note that the bottle I am currently drinking is called Holly Jolly Christmas Ale and clocks in at 7.4% ABV.

Poured into a perfect pint glass, with a two and half finger tan head. The head fades away to a thin bubbly layer. Color is deep amber, ruby red, and brown, fairly translucent. not much lacing.

Aromas are sweet malt/hint of honey, holiday spices (cinnamon and nutmeg?), but maybe something bitter as well, maybe ginger.

Taste is similar, with cinnamon and nutmeg most prominent, followed by other holiday spices; maybe hints of pine.

Super smooth up front, with spice/bite coming through in the middle and end. This is extremely drinkable, perfect winter beer. I could definitely have several of these in a night over the holiday. Cheers.

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Photo of KJ2013
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of barflybastard
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of primrose54
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of skaboom420
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Happy Holidays Christmas Ale from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
3.94 out of 5 based on 20 ratings.
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