Yule Shoot Your Eye Out
Karbach Brewing Co.

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American Amber / Red Ale
Ranked #122
Ranked #26,167
3.8 | pDev: 12.89%
Karbach Brewing Co.
Texas, United States
Very Good
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz can poured into 14oz teku. best Enjoyed By date: 030619-A2-13:30. Poured a dark red color (with a few floaties) that had 3/4 inch of tan head that had moderate retention and no lacing.

Strong malty-sweet scent, with some floral hops in the background.

Very similar on the tongue; malty, kinda sweet, and light hopping.

The body was medium, as anticipated, smooth, and had a sweet finish.

Drinkability was good, no problems.

Overall, a solid and enjoyable brew.

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beertunes from Montenegro, Apr 09, 2020
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4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: The dark amber body is crowned by a fairly robust, dense, cream-colored head. Thick, fine-beaded, and nearly unbroken lacing adorns the glass walls. The head retention is quite good.

Aroma: Pine hops vie with notes of brown sugar and spices, among these cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. There is a strong backdrop of caramel malt, as well as generous notes of dark fruits. There seems to be a hint of alcohol, despite the relatively low ABV. There is more than a hint of gingerbread cookies.

Taste: Opens with a flourish of Christmas spices, most notably ginger, though there are cloves, cinnamon, and allspice, seemingly as well. Supporting the spice is a strong dark caramel malt presence, as if drizzled on homemade dark bread. Then there are abundant dark fruits, and a little bitter cocoa. A slight bitterness rises very gradually, from the beginning of the taste, serving to offset the massive spices, and caramel. The spices, particularly ginger and dark caramel present strongly at the close, with a slight hint of herbal hops.

Mouth feel: Smooth and rich, full, and very pleasant, with a slight hint of carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A Christmas ale that manages to be strikingly different from the other examples that I have tried, and all the while, quite good. More than worth a try.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce aluminum can, poured to a New Belgium balloon glass.

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Pegasus from Texas, Jan 01, 2020
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3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass
Appearance - The brew is served a dark brick red-mahogany color with a one finger head of tan colored foam. The head fades rather fast to leave a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell - The smell begins with a nice roasted malt flavor with some nice flavors of spice of clove, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Along with these aromas comes some lighter dark fruit smells of plum and fig as well as a rather decent showing of a molasses and bready smell.
Taste - The taste begins with a sweeter dark fruit flavor of plum, cherry, and raisin that has a decent showing of a roasted malt flavor and a bit of toast. Along with these flavors comes some rather nice spice flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove that were detected in the nose. The spice is moderate overall and remains so throughout the taste. toward the end the sweetness gets slightly stronger overall and leave one with a nice toasty and spiced holiday flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel - The body of the brew is average in thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average. For the spice and sweeter tastes the feel is nice and makes for an easy sipper.
Overall - A rather tasty and easy drinking lightly, but flavorful spiced brew, that will put you in a nice holiday mood! Cheers!

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3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First Christmas beer of the season!

L-Pours a very nice, looking beer. Mahogany in color with a one and a half fingered rocky head which quickly dissipates to nothing but a nice bubbly lace.
S-Sweet grassy wheat aroma, with some slight spices and a caramel undertone. Not bad on the aroma, but not very prominent or outstanding in any way.
T- Altogether very nice flavor. Grassy and sweet wheat is there followed by a nice caramel touch. It's well spiced with some ginger and cinnamon with possibly some orange peel. In some ways, I almost get some maple flavor?
F- Light bodied for a heavier looking and tasting beer. Pretty refreshing.
O- This beer is 8% while thinking it was on the lower end of four. All I can say is I respect the brewmaster there for hiding such a potent ale. It has a very balanced flavoring with a crisp finish. Isn't more than it needs to be. And was crafted in a very good manor. Gets me in the mood for Christmas.

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Mahogany, reddish brown, clear, with a mostly white head.
Smell: I didn’t smell anything, my wife said it smelled a little like honey.
Taste: Light caramel, semisweet, toasted bread, very light toffee, a medium degree of bitterness without any hop notes.
Overall, it’s very drinkable and not overly sweet like some brews in this category, its also lower in abv. The mouthfeel is medium and the finish is medium dry.

I’m raising my rating of the smell to 4, I was stopped up when I reviewed it last. I also noticed in the description that it’s abv is 8%, this must be from a previous season because my cans say 5.6%. This makes it a lighter version of a winter warmer. Very enjoyable, my favorite Christmas beer.

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3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a tasty beer. Karbach calls it a Red but I feel it’s more in line with an ESB. I’m not going to dissect it but just know if you like ESB’s you’re bound to like this

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Javelin185 from Alabama, Jan 23, 2019
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3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can poured into Duvel tulip. Best Enjoyed By 030619 printed on bottom of can. So this should have another 2 months of freshness in it. Got it from the grocery store as part of a $10 sixer mixer.

Appearance - Absolutely massive tan pancake batte rhead with good retention and little to no lacing. Mostly clear, maybe very slightly hazy deep amber/light-brown body. Mohogany maybe. 4

Smell - Musky corn. Dry cardboard. 2.5

Taste - Tons of complexity. Chocolate, coffee. Bitter but not overbearing. Alcohol but not overbearing. Tons of flavor but nothing is offputting. 4.5

Mouthfeel - Medium to full bodied. Has some brightness and astringency. Doesn't linger unnecessarily. 4.5

Overall - Usually when I encounter beers with characteristics like this, they end up being off or poorly balanced or unpalatable otherwise. But this one is done right. Weird, but no off characters. 4.5

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3.49/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - low to moderate malt and low spice
A - brown to deep brown clear some tan head dissipated quickly
F - moderate malt with caramel brown flavor mild hop bitterness and low hop flavor
MF - low to moderate body maybe too thin. Some malty smoothness touch of creamy
OI - not a big winter beer in mouth feel, alcohol warming or holiday spice notes. But pleasant. More like a toe in the water Christmas ale. Might would buy again

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Trarmer007 from Mississippi, Dec 22, 2018
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3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice deep brown with slight hue of amber. Minimal head and lacing dissipates quickly. Light biscuit smell, not much in the way of aroma. I tasted maltiness and orange bitters. Decent flavor and beer for the holidays.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a snifter, canned 11/9/15

A- pours a deep brown color with a small fizzy off-white head that reduces to a ring around the edge

S- spicy ginger, cinnamon & nutmeg aroma mixes with a chocolaty malt sweetness, giving notes of fruit cake, orange peel & brown sugar

T- plenty of holiday spicing up front with an emphasis on ginger & cinnamon, followed by some citrus peel and brown malts. Light cocoa nib sweetness before finishing with more spices

M- medium body with moderate-low carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into the finish

O- a nice holiday ale that has plenty of spicing, but the abv helps hold up with he bold ginger flavors

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Treyliff from West Virginia, Jan 10, 2016
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3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Fair amount of spiciness, which might limit its drinkability but in a good way! Quite tasty of a beer. Probably wouldn't have more than one in one sitting though. May consider ordering again

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yummybluewaffle from California, Dec 31, 2015
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4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Draft in Addison.
Nose has nice subtle spices, nutmeg, corriander cinnamon .
Very drinkable, alcohol presence is understated.
Slight spicyness in finish

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JimPottNY from Pennsylvania, Dec 24, 2015
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3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I appreciate what Karbach has done here, but this one's just not really for me. It's coffee-dark with assertive cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice smell and flavor. Borderline too sweet. I'm not totally averse to heavily spiced brews, this just doesn't jive with my palate too well. Had one of the four-pack and gave the others to my buddy who loves it.

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mpk_tx from Texas, Dec 20, 2015
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving: 12 oz can ("crafted on 110515") poured into a 9 oz Libbey Embassy snifter.

Appearance: Deep but still clear, cola brown with a fizzy head of tan foam; spare lacing.

Smell: Mildly roasted malt, dark caramel, molasses and plenty of holiday baking spices.

Taste: Plenty of toasty and roasted malt, sweet molasses and toffee, slight cocoa, holiday spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, clove) and some fruit, both citrus and dried (fruitcake?). Some balancing roast and earthy bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and lively carbonation.

Overall: A nice winter warmer, verging on a bit sweet, brimming with plenty of seasonal spice.

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3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear darker brown color with off-white, dark ivory colored head. Nuts, spice, caramel, and toasted malt on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with spice and sweetness.

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Photo of puck1225
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a snifter. Dark brown color with a thin head and light lacing. Moderately carbonated. Taste of cola, caramel, toast. Pleasantly sweet. A very nice Christmas beer with humorous can art!

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3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is extremely dark brown with a nice thick head (good lacing around the glass).

Smell is slightly roasted malt with spices coming through (cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, clove). There is also some brown sugar, orange peel, pumpkin and biscuit aromas present. The smell is not real strong, but there is some complexity.

Taste is smooth roasted malt with cinnamon, allspice and cocoa coming through. The spices are noticeable but not overpowering. The finish has a nice hoppy dryness that plays well with the roasted and slightly smoky notes.

Mouth feel is creamy with a tingly sensation. The body is medium/heavy but not too heavy due to the carbonation.

Overall this is a well balanced winter seasonal with a focus on the roasted malt. The spices come through nicely without being overpowering. There is some sweetness, but the balance is good overall.

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thatche2 from Georgia, Nov 18, 2015
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

No idea as to the date on this one.

A: Pours a very dark brown with a decent sized and fizzy tan head. Decent head retention and so-so lacing. Just a little splotchiness here and there.

S: Interesting aroma. Chocolate and oranges? Huh.

T: Hmph, lots of ginger and cinnamon initially. Light orange and some very bittersweet cocoa. Finish is more cinnamon and maybe a hint of star anise?

M: Medium bodied, heavily spiced.

O: Not bad. Pretty typical "winter warmer" type beer. Orange is a nice unique bit but it's very mild in the flavor so it doesn't add a whole lot. Overall decent brew.

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Dope from Massachusetts, Jun 18, 2015
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3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours pitch black with finger width foamy head. Head retention and lacing are both mild. Strong black licorice aroma with mild cinnamon/nutmeg. Mildly roasted taste with black licorice, cinnamon and nutmeg. More of a licorice aftertaste. Not a bad beer, but not something I would seek out to drink.

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3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights and 1 and 1/2 finger of tan head

Smell: Spices including cinnamon and nutmeg

Taste: Spice forward with many holiday flavors such as allspice, nutmeg, and cocoa

Mouthfeel: Moderately thin

Overall: A nice festive beer that is a bit one-dimensional. If you enjoy christmas beers and love holiday spices then this will be really enjoyable. If you want complexity then this may not be for you.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark brown with a strong aroma of allspice & toffee. It tastes of chocolate & bready caramel, with a finish of holiday spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, etc). Very smooth sipper thats not too over the top. Perfect way to cap off a day of battling against Black Bart!

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joeyfeets from New York, Dec 22, 2014
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3.08/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks great, pours jet black with a good amount of creamy khaki head that leaves a good amount of lacing.

On the nose its pretty mild, doesn't really have anything special going on, little bit roasty. Not much going on here.

Flavor wise I'm really wondering why they are calling it a spiced beer, I don't pick up on any spice at all, reminds me of a really dark bock more than a spiced beer. It has a earthy hoppy note to it.

Mouthfeel wise it got a funky kind of viscosity, its slick, wet and thick.

I was really expecting a pepper/spicy/clove kind of flavor from this beer given what it was named after and given the spiced beer tag attached to it.

I am a huge christmas story fan and I expected it to be a spicy peppery explosion that reminds you of a bb gun or gunpowder but that was a complete miss.

Its not a bad beer by any means, but I was really let down by this offering, it looks great but beyond appearance it goes downhill after that.

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3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a footed tulip.

A: Medium dark brown. Pours a 1 finger, foamy, brown white head. Settles quickly leaving a thin beer ring. Slight spotty lacing mostly retreats into the body of the brew.

S: Nuts, a little peat, cinnamon, nutmeg, and sage.

T: Bitter pecan shell is prominent, a little peat, hints of fall spice notes and herb, pepper, and slight hop bite.

M: Fairly light, yet bitterness leaves you a pungent lingering that enhances the heft. Pungent finish.

D: Sessionable, although the character will hinder the progression.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Fair head which disappears quickly, spotty lacing. Fall spice and nuts make up the nose. Bitter and spicy. Cocoa nibs noted on the label are barely evident in the nose of flavor profile. Overall, this is a decent quaff.

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bmwats from Louisiana, Jan 01, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet, this ale comes out with a thick dark tan head roughly a finger and a half thick and slowly thins out to about half a finger in thickness. It is very dark throughout and slight amber hues can be seen in its outer edges.
The aroma is strong and hits you as soon as you pop the top off. Strong gingerbread, pumpkin first hit your nose, mild citrus follows. Mild medicinal smells do come through.
The spices are up front and hit your tongue immediately, ginger and pumpkin are present, a mild liquorish flavor follows along with some nutmeg and cinnamon. The taste is very pleasing .
The body has medium to light mouthfeel and warms up your mouth as you drink it.
Overall this is a pretty good spice beer and I would recommend trying it .

This is the second half of the beer poured into a copper mug.
The copper seems to help the beer retain its thick head, the aroma is all but lost and is accompanied by a slight metallic smell when you can detect the ales aroma. The gingerbread is still very strong…
The spices are dulled out just a bit and to tell you the truth, I prefer the taste in the copper mug. The gingerbread and pumpkin are drummed down just a bit and the cinnamon is brought out a little more, the nutmeg is gone, but I can pick up some very mild lemon zest(probably from the copper), slight fig and coriander come out as well.
Overall I prefer the copper mug tasting, just don’t let the ale get too warm on you…

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3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Extremely dark brown. With a strong light you can see it's clear. Beige/brown head that is thick and tasty. Would like it to be a bit thicker.

S: Smells like gingerbread and pumpkin spice mixed with a dark stout.

T: Lots of spices. Tastes like liquefied gingerbread cookies, but not sweet. Spiced flavor doesn't linger for too long. It melds into a dark brown ale / oatmeal stout kind of flavor.

M: Medium bodied.

O: If you want a spiced stout tasting beer, this is the one for you. Would definitely have again.

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