Festivus Holiday Ale | Black Raven Brewing Co.

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Festivus Holiday AleFestivus Holiday Ale

Brewed by:
Black Raven Brewing Co.
Washington, United States

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Winter

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Added by LiquidAmber on 12-14-2013

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Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 43
Photo of Ninjakillzu
4.65/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a pint defiance tulip. Body is clear red, with a finger white head. Aromas consist of spices, candied citrus fruits, mild earthiness, and mild caramel. Hops aren't really apparent for a pale ale, but It's been a couple months since I got this. It reminds me of a spiced amber ale now, but it's still pretty good. Flavors follow the nose. The feel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, and mild bitterness on the finish.

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Photo of Tilley4
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice offering from these guys.., it grew on me more and more as I drank it and sort of wish I had another bottle of it now... Spices and citrus peel bring a bitterness that seems unusual at first but turn the tide as the beer warms... Getting some cranberry too... Nice Christmas beer!

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Photo of AndrewMichael
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bottle shared at Thanksgiving. L: Dark amber with a well-formed off-white head. S: Holiday mulling spices. T: Pleasant spices with the sweet maltiness. Hints of molasses and brown sugar. F: Medium bodied, just slightly over 7% abv, so not too heavy, but a nice holiday warmer. O: Good spiced beer.

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Photo of hreb
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Black Raven 2016 Festivus. Holiday Pale Ale Beer. 7.3% alc by vol. Brilliant coppery red in my pint glass. Aroma of candied orange peel. Flavor is stronger, with tartness (cranberries) and bold spice flavors. I taste clove more than galangal or ginger. Bitterness tastes like orange pith more so than hops.

The flavors in this beer are rather overpowering as a stand alone drinking beer. But as an accompaniment to food --- even just cheese and crackers or bread and olive oil -- it's quite an enjoyable quaff.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle served in a large mug. Neck of the bottle says (in yellow) 10/27/15.

Pours dark amber with a medium (but coarse) head that fades very slowly, despite the apparent low carbonation. Smell is strong orange peel and spices (though I can't clearly pick out the spices). Smells like the same kind of spices you might expect in various forms of hot apple cider. Cinnamon, nutmeg? Something I want to call cherry blossom?

Taste is very heavy on the spice. Some bitterness, a tiny bit of toasty malt. Some spice in here is strong to the point of being perceived as bitterness. It's not bad, but it's weird to my palate.

Mouthfeel is moderately thick. Overall, not bad. I may not be a great judge of the style, though.

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Photo of RJLarse
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I bought a bottle of Festivus Pale Ale in a bottle shop. Poured in to a Sam Adams Ultimate Beer Glass.

Pours a rich copper color, slight chill haze and a thin creamy head.

Smell is candy like, caramel, with a hint of citrus

Taste is like the aroma, with a lot of caramel flavor up front, with a sweet citrus orange and spice finish.

Mouthfeel is medium, slightly cloying.

Overall a rich medium bodies pale ale with candy and holiday spice flavors.

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Photo of draheim
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz into a tulip. Pours a hazy amber w/ a thin off-white head.

Aroma is fruity, hoppy, spicy. Like a subdued Celebration.

Taste follows nose. Nice clean balanced between caramel malt, floral hops, and spice. Hints of cinnamon and nutmeg, maybe clove too.

Mouthfeel is balanced, medium bodied. Finishes clean.

Overall a nice, drinkable, balanced winter warmer.

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Photo of rab53
2.64/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Admittedly, I am not a fan of spiced beers but Black Raven is usually worth a shot.
Semi-opaque orange with aroma of bitter citrus potpourri.
Tastes like a scented candle. Not my style for sure.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a medium bronze amber with a one finger white head that dissipates to a thick film and lots of lacing. Aroma of light overripe stone fruit, bready malt, citrus and light cranberry. Flavor is earthy mixed light fruit, bready malt, root spices, cranberry tartness and bitterness, which melds with the hops nicely; light citrus hops. An unusually spiced holiday ale, although the galangal root gives the light earthyness of nutmeg and cinnamon (although those spices may be present too). Both spicing and cranberry are at a nice, mellow level. An offbeat, but tasty winter spice ale. I had this on tap last year, but lost my review notes. Glad to find it this year in a bottle. I'll have this again next year. Black Raven does a great job with the classics and made this off beat ale interesting too.

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Photo of mactrail
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Citrusy with a sweet mellowness and bitter edge. The spices are all fairly subtle and it whole melange mixes well. Tangy but thick and substantial. An herbal bitterness for the finish, but not overpowering. Citrus peel astringency along with the malt. Interesting aromatics. Label says it's brewed with citrus peel, cranberries, spices, and galangal root.

Attractive orangey-amber color in the tulip. Modest foam but plenty of spritz on the tongue. Quite delicious sipping brew that's not too strong. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle.

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Festivus Holiday Ale from Black Raven Brewing Co.
3.77 out of 5 based on 43 ratings.
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