Christmas Ale | Olde Hickory Brewery

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Christmas AleChristmas Ale

Brewed by:
Olde Hickory Brewery
North Carolina, United States

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Winter

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Added by Loki on 12-29-2003

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4.5/5  rDev +28.9%

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4.37/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

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4.11/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of HopsForBrains
4.06/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of RedneckBeerz
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Dead Guy Ale pint and the brew is a clear medium dark brown with coppery notes. The small off white head (1/4") disappears and covers the brew around the edge of the glass and a whispy covering on the beer itself. The lacing is whispy as well.

The aroma is malty and spicy.

The flavor follows the nose with the spices composed of Ginger (minor flavor), Cinnamon (more minor flavor), and orange zest (probably the most noticeable, yet very subdued) as well as "local" honey which contributes some minor sweet tones. There is no bittering or flavoring hops to speak of, but evidentley enough are present to keep this from being to sweet.

It has a medium mouthfeel with no stickiness on the corners of the lips and lowish carbination.

This is a good beer that hits alot of marks on the style description. Not a beer that I would actually seek out, but one that is a B+ brew per style description and that is not over the top with spices.

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Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +14.6%

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of thegodfather2701
3.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jsanford
3.97/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Pours a dark amber with a fluffy off-white head that settles to a slight haze.
S - Sweet, malty aromas of caramel, honey, baked bread, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. Smells like a Christmas cookie!
T - The Christmas cookie comparison is pretty apt for the taste as well, more amber malt, caramel, honey, and spices. The honey is much more noticeable then in the nose, really lightens the body and contributes to the overall drinkablity.
M - A bit thinner then I expected, but not a huge complaint overall. Probably around medium-bodied overall, with a nice creaminess and good carbonation. I suppose I'm used to big, syrupy Winter Warmers, the drinkability of this one is a refreshing change.
O - I really like this Winter Warmer, solid brew from a solid brewery!

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Photo of craytonic
3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pour is a clear ruby-amber, nice head on the pour, good lacing.

Smell: Smells like christmas! Cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, ginger.

Taste: Also tastes like christmas! Lots of cinnamon, cocoa, allspice, orange peel, nutmeg and ginger. Also some candied nuts.

Mouthfeel: Perhaps slightly thin but creamy. Could be a bit more carbonated.


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Photo of atsprings
3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Flying Saucer Charlotte served in a standard pint glass a crisp orange with a decent light khaki head that diminishes to a ring and leaves just a bit of lacing on the glass. Aroma is mild caramel malts and cinnamon. The taste is a nice amount of cinnamon in front of caramel malts and a hint of nutmeg. The beer is quite light, crisp and very smooth with decent carbonation. This is an enjoyable, quite sessionable Winter Warmer, I would love to see Olde Hickory available in Raleigh.

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Photo of Loki
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 64oz growler fresh from the brewpub.

Appearance: Slightly cloudy, cinnamon color with a nice white head. Some lacing on the glass, but nothing special.

Smell: Roasted malt, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, allspice, and some very soft, floral hops. More malty, than spicy, but nice.

Taste: Solid roasted malt that gives way to a bevy of well balanced Holiday spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and more. Very subtle hops help finish the taste and give a balance to the sweet malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with mild carbonation and a clean, crisp finish.

Drinkability: Very good, compliments the holiday meals and could easily stand on its own.

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Photo of oberon
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first CHRISTmas/winter seasonal beer of 2010.Poured into a imperial nonic clear rich bronze with a thinner but well defined white head,a mix of cinnamon and ginger spice along with a subtle British style hard water element.A good does of ginger and cinnamon hits the palate up front with some candied orange peel,I like the crisp crust flavor in the finish.A little thin but its a good way to start the winter seasonal beer off this year,a nice beer.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.81/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This comes out of the bottle like a carbonated bomb with a rush of bubbles that built a huge head of fizz and then a ton of tiny bubbles racing throughout the body. The color was a ruddy brown with dashes of orange in it.

The aroma is fruit cake that has been spiced with nutmeg and cinnamon. Very nice, very Christmas, I just wish the candy dried fruit was a little more segregated.

This is Christmas on the tongue with a malty, fruity body but tons of spicy nutmeg and cinnamon. Really like the flavors.

The feel is a bit airy, but exceedingly crisp. Maybe not a winter sipping beer but a rather refreshing Christmas Day drink.

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Photo of blackie
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bomber from Bottle Revolution

a: poured into a wide piraat snifter, this christmastime drank is a light amber maple in color, supporting a tight off-white head with spotty retention

s: some amber malty sweetness in the form of caramel, bready, a nice, modest spice presence - the cinnamon, fresh ginger, and orange peel blend together nicely; nice earthy/sweet honey aroma - that doesn't hold up too often in the final product, lightly hopped with a subtle dried grass aroma, smells like holiday cookies

m: lightly dosed with smooth carbonation, body around medium

t: malty caramel with tastefully applied holiday spice combine to create a flavor reminiscent of holiday baked goods, the cinnamon comes out most with ginger just behind, good dark honey flavor, the malting here is on the lighter side for a holiday ale - which works well as it leaves room for the spice and honey to really round out the flavor, only slightly sweet to start - soon swept up by a moderately acidic but benignly flavored hop profile, the bitterness is a little dry and metallic and maybe a little off kilter - but not a major issue, lingers nicely on the tongue

o: while I'm a fan of spiced Christmas ales - even the fairly extreme ones - I enjoyed the restraint used in spicing this one, it's easily noticeable and a prominent feature, but nicely balanced with lightly sweet amber malts

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of RedWeizen83
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a decent beer.

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