Holly Jolly Christmas Ale | Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BB1313 on 12-07-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
365
Reviews:
46
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
11.55%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
113
For Trade:
3
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Ratings: 365 |  Reviews: 46
Photo of MidwestBA
4.75/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of neenerzig
4.31/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I still had a bottle of this sitting in the back of my fridge that I didn't realize was back there until tonight. Likely got this about 3 months back or so, and since the weather here in Cleveland finally got cold again and we even got a bit of snow earlier tonight after it'd been in the 60's and 70's most of the week, it felt like an appropriate night to crack this one open. Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle into one of my mugs, this beer pours a mainly clear medium to dark amber/copper color. There are a good number of floating chunks in the beer. Had a head that's about an inch thick when first poured that settle quickly to a fairly thick lining the inside of the glass along with some a nice, thick surface coating of foam and excellent lacing to boot. Aromas of toasted caramel malt sweetness along with ginger and cinnamon, and nutmeg are strongly present here indeed. The taste is pretty much the same, with toasted caramel malt sweetness and nice spice hints from the aforementioned ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon and a bit of clove too. Rounded out with an earthy hop taste that provides some mild bitterness to give the flavor profile a nice balance overall. Has a crisp, yet smooth and fairly frothy, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Has clean finish with a somewhat peppery aftertaste. I enjoyed this quite a bit.

Eric

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Photo of SoCal_Matt
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rfgetz
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.22/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tigg924
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap. Pours clear, orange-brown in color with 1/2 inch head. Taste is holiday spices: cinnamon, clove, orange peel, and toasted malt. Medium bodied, sweet, with moderate carbonation. Fairly standard winter warmer type of beer. Not a bad beer by any stretch, but kinda what I would expect from a brewery's holiday ale. Solid, but I would not rush to get this.

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Photo of Benjolovesbeer
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip, color is velvety red with a low carbonation of slow rising bubbles in the body, thin bubbly white head.
Feel: scotchy, medium to heavy tannins.
Aroma: cinamon, vanilla, scotch, nutmeg.
Taste: boozy, malty, spicy, herbal, honey, cinnamon, blackcherry, clove, earthy, hoppy, sweet almond finish that dissolves off the tongue quickly so the booziness really isn't overwhelming, it's a strong boozey whisky bite in the beginnong that leaves with sugary sweet sensations that fades quickly wanting you to take another sip. It's a slow sipper that finishes rather quickly. It's a bit like brandy.
For a Christmas ale it is a good after dinner beer. Don't understand the low rating for this, for a Christmas ale it has the flavors you want.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I just had occasion to revisit GLBC's Christmas Ale and I thought that since I am on a Christmas Ale kick, I would take in another Ahia brewery's offering. A trio of us made a recent foray to Malvern for beer & this was one of the bottles that came home with me. Merry Christmas (a few days late) & Season's Beatings to the Kleveland Klowns this coming Sunday, courtesy of Th' Stillers, 'n' 'at!

From the bottle: :Once upon a frozen evening way up north, a sweet local honey named Holly inspired our jolly fat man (as only Holly can) to create this festive spiced holiday ale. We think that you will enjoy this holiday creation with it's [sic] aromas and flavors of Christmas day. Sweet malt, ginger, honey and cinnamon spice. Sip this by the fire with your significant other. Who knows, maybe it will lead to a little inspiration of your own. From our Jolly Fat Man to yours, Happy Holidays."; "Chill Out Man, Have A Beer! (R) [undersigned] Matt - Chris - Glenn"; "A great beer to spice up your holidays".

I gently Pop!ped the cap since their Fat Man was emblazoned on it & then I conducted a gentle pour sine I was using a smaller glass than what the bottle held. I still got two fingers of dense, rocky, tawny head with good retention for my efforts. Color was a Coppery-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22) with NE-quality clarity & mahogany highlights. Nose was more gingery spicy than cinnamon, but both were evident. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, not watery, but very thin as compared to GLBC Christmas Ale. The taste was very spicy and the ginger was prevalent, overpowering the honey and leaving the cinnamon in the background. Finish was absolutely dry, thanks to the spices. It was decent, but I would prefer the GLBC version over this one, given a choice. That said, this might be better mulled in a double boiler & I can provide instruction, if you like.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance
Reddish-mahogany with a short tan head. Good clarity with yeast sediment dancing around. Lively carbonation.

Nose
Cherry, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, and plum.

Taste
Honey, maraschino cherry juice, and black plum. Light bouquet of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger.

Mouthfeel
Medium-plus bodied, crisp, and silky with a drying finish.

Overall
A nicely spiced holiday beer. Well balanced and hides the abv well.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of FLBeerGuy
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of monorailred
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of epyon396
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of AJmon13
3.49/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Peaches13
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Marzen_Fan
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of calcnerd
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GreenMind
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nunya
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Nat1975
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brentk56
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color, capped by a two finger ecru head; the retention is disappointing and there is minimal lacing

Smell: Herbal thyme aromatics dominate, with orange, juniper berry, honey and assorted Christmas spicing, primarily ginger and cinnamon

Taste: Spice cake malt and honey flavors, at the outset with the herbal and holiday spice mix building; through the middle, the orangey bitterness becomes prominent; the herbal and juniper tones return, in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A bit of a muddle, sort of like blending a pale ale with a winter warmer, and the herbal tones just don't work well on my palate with the hops

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3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mooslerfitness
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of travelguy
4.04/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Holly Jolly Christmas Ale from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
3.81 out of 5 based on 365 ratings.
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