Christmas Ale | Olde Hickory Brewery

Christmas AleChristmas Ale
83 Ratings
Christmas AleChristmas Ale

Brewed by:
Olde Hickory Brewery
North Carolina, United States

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Loki on 12-29-2003

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Ratings: 83 |  Reviews: 24
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1/5  rDev -71.3%

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2/5  rDev -42.5%

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2/5  rDev -42.5%

Photo of jmarsh123
2.46/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a reddish brown with a small off-white head and good lacing down the glass.

Smells like nutmeg with some malty sweetness.

Starts off slightly spicy then recedes into a honey sweetness with a little nutmeg. Definitely malt forward.

Too thin for my taste. Carbonation level is good.

Usually like Olde Hickory, but this one doesn't do it for me. A bit too sweet without the backing mouthfeel and kind of bland overall.

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Photo of GPHarris
2.68/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

a - poured a one finger thick bubbly tan head that left a thin ring throughout. the body was a deep amber color.
s - oranges with some honey and malt sweetness to balance it out.
t - oranges with some spices with a grainy/bready balance.
m - thin.
o - not overly impressed. seems to be a mish-mash of flavors and aromas that don't mesh well. a little dull.

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2.75/5  rDev -21%

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2.75/5  rDev -21%

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2.75/5  rDev -21%

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2.94/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.02/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.05/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.15/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dirtylou
3.17/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

on-tap at Mac's Speed Shop on South Blvd

I do not understand breweries like Olde Hickory that seem to crush the more challenging styles (barrel aged beers, imperial IPA's, etc) but consistently trips over themselves when crafting more basic beers. Christmas Ale is just the latest example - a crappy and muted winter warmer at best. Bland spicing, 'off' malt profile, artificial ginger. Not good.

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3.18/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. "To ensure brewery fresh taste keep me cool, serve me cool, and enjoy me before" M [May] 11" notched.

This one was contained in another badass box of beer sent from a great trade partner, Onenote81. Thanks Jon!

A - Beautiful color and clarity, it's a vibrant, brilliant orange with golden highlights and amber low-lights. A finger of foam rests on top lightly with a ring of bubbles trailing in the wake.

S - While the Christmas cookie-like nose is mild, it's certainly inviting. Raw honey sweetens the amber malt and cinnamon and nutmeg dashed in. A pinch of yeast appears on the finish. Low presence leaves me wanting.

T - Toasted amber malts push past the mild spice and raw honey sweetness to leave a bready flavor offset by earthy Willamet hops that are very slightly noticeable.

M - Spritzy carbonation is well-balanced but doesn't do much to mask the thin feel of this brew. Light-bodied, it falls flat mid palette through the finish. Moderately dry ending.

D - The aroma needs elevating as well as the body, and the flavor could use more in general. I like subtlety in brews, especially winter sippers, but this is just lacking a bit. Another bottle I find myself wishing I opened with company.

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3.22/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From a bomber dated 10/25/16. Pours a caramel color with a half finger of tan head. Very little smell, slightly sweet malt. Light feel. Tastes of honey and spices, but has very little depth. Some lingering warmth. An okay winter warmer, but not great.

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Photo of Jason
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz brown bomber with a drink before date on the side of the label.

Brassy golden color, very clear with a thin lace on top. Lemony, spicy, malty, honey aroma. Modest crispness shows some slickness in the mouth. Some pie spice, biscuity malt, slightly buttery and a faintness of honey hit the taste buds. Very light on the hops, spiciness lingers for a little while, honey flavor and maltiness bring a sweet finish.

A sweeter Winter Warmer, not half bad.

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of CooperEllis
3.26/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a bad bottle overall but a bit disappointing as it is very thin in the mouthfeel and the flavor is dominated by the two added favors: honey and "spices" here nutmeg.

Redish amber, thin bubbles, no lacing.

Nose is honey, nutmeg, ginger and clove.

Thin mouthfeel, a thin bit of malt but taste is dominated by the cinnamon, nutmeg, clove. Crisp ending helps but I think this misses the mark a bit.

One of the people I had this with felt it was the "tastiest" of the bottles we sampled tonight.


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3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From 12/18/11 notes. Received as an extra from Beerverage; thanks man. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Bell's tulip.

a - Pours a clear dark amber-orange color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of honey, fruity malts, spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, and bready malts. Pretty nice nose, reminds me of gingerbread cookies.

t - Taste is very bland; some light cinnamon, bready malts, and toasted malts. No honey or fruit here like in the nose. Not bad but a step down from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

o - Overall a bit disappointing. The nose was nice and promising full of cinnamon and nutmeg, but the taste was very bland. Not a bad beer but probably something I'd pass on next time.

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Christmas Ale from Olde Hickory Brewery
Beer rating: 3.48 out of 5 with 83 ratings
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