Christmas Ale | Breckenridge Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Breckenridge Brewery
Colorado, United States
breckbrew.com

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
The chill of a Colorado high-country winter calls for a beer with extra flavor and strength. Here it is. At over 7% alcohol, with a sturdy texture and rich flavors of caramel and chocolate, our holiday seasonal is the fermented equivalent of a good fire.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-28-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#38,837
Reviews:
431
Ratings:
1,131
pDev:
13.92%
 
 
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Photo of Fatheroftoomany
3.81/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Amber color that is lighter than most winter beers. Little to no smell but a great taste. Coats the mouth fully and finshes smooth. I could drink way too many of these before I felt it. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of Pacioli1445
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mike_76
4.2/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Nice dark brown color
Smell: Very aromatic, hints of pine, cinnamon and nutmeg
Taste: Nice and smooth. Crisp and somewhat sweet
Feel: Love that the spices don’t overpower each other
Overall: Very drinkable for a Holiday Ale

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Photo of jcanales1
3.84/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jpkand
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Looks nice but I prefer warners to look darker. This is a dark brownish /copper color. Spices come through in the nose: nutmeg in an orange, cinnamon. Some nice toasty notes and a little hint of pine. I am not on board with the reviews stating the beer doesn't have an interesting smell.

Anticipation built by the aroma leads to a let down on the taste, but it is still good and drinkable. A little flat up front but a nice fresh cleanness comes through. Ends with subtle bitterness, like a burned biscuit. Im warming up to it as I drink.

Mouthfeel is good--not too heavy to keep it from being highly drinkable, and I was gonna say sessionable until I just now looked at the abv. Wouldn't have guessed 7.1!

Solid beer, great choice for a variety pack of winter seasonals

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Photo of rky3fan
4.03/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the better winter seasonals that I have tried. Drinkability comparable to their porters. Overall great winter warmer.

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Photo of jmarko579
3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of saymike32
4.18/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of COBEERHUNTER
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of npdevil27
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Thomas_Wikman
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of akopczyk
3.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beerbuddha
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of megamick
4.43/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of npachl
3.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of socon67
3.72/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nunitn
4.28/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A solid ale. A great go to winter warmer.

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Photo of craigbelly
3.96/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell is somewhat subdued. Toasted malt hits the nose first. The smell carries through into the flavor perfectly with big flavors of toasted malts, chocolate and caramel creating a sweet backbone. Overall spicy, strong, sweet, malty backbone with a good hop presence. Nice alcohol warming.

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Photo of ScottyB515
4.13/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JColin
3.76/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AyatollahGold
3.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Darker than expected. Almost looks like a carbonated tea. Smell doesn't give away too much, just a little malt. The taste has toasty notes that are nice mixed with some sweetness. Maybe some small hints of caramel. The feel is good for the style. Well carbonated and balanced. Overall, this isn't anything crazy but just a good, solid and balanced winter warmer.

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Photo of mrosenfeld32
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 1971bernat
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice brown color. The head is white, and frothy. Some lacing on the glass.
Nose is minimal. Just a slight malty aroma.
Taste - to me, not good. Kind of a skunky flavor. It is just not my style.
Feel is decent.
This might be a good beer, but it isn't for me.

EDIT

Ok, the beer I had was at the end of the keg, and old. Here is an update with a fresh keg. My half old beer was replaced with a new keg half beer.

Look a clearer Amber color. White head.
The nose has a slight malty nutty aroma.
Taste has a crisp nutty flavor. Slight sweet.
Feel is decent. Not watery.
Now, when it isn't from the bottom of the keg, it is delicious.

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Christmas Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
Beer rating: 3.52 out of 5 with 1,131 ratings