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Festivus Holiday Ale | Black Raven Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
3.77/5
Very Good
44 Ratings
Festivus Holiday AleFestivus Holiday Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.60%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by LiquidAmber on 12-14-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#22,776
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
44
pDev:
9.55%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
3
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Ratings: 44 |  Reviews: 11
Photo of flagmantho
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22oz bomber into a dimpled mug. Bottled 10/31/17.

Appearance: rich amber hue with just the tiniest hint of haze and a thick finger of frothy ivory foam. Festive indeed!

Smell: interestingly spicy; the combination of orange peel, earthy bitterness and galangal are reminiscent of a craft cocktail. The orange peel is especially pungent right at the top of the aroma; I really like it.

Taste: the bitter orange peel is super far forward in the flavor, and it complements the earthier undertones so well. This feels like a very well-executed example of a mulled beer. Very good.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: man, I just want to drink this thing by the fireside with a good book. Wonderful.

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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 Donkster46
3.49/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DoctorEvil65
4.16/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 rarigney
4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DOCRW
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DucksFan16
3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

11/17/2016

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Photo of Erik-P
3.59/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Briken
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Birdlegs
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

2015-12-30
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 Cloaked_Phantom
4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EXScotT
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BCborn
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Braz
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of HoppySeb
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 510a
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of itracy63
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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Festivus Holiday Ale from Black Raven Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 44 ratings
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