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Cape Cod "Christmas In July" | Cape Cod Beer

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Cape Cod Beer
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Summer

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Added by Reagan1984 on 07-25-2010

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Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 12
Reviews by mountdew1:
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3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a nice dark rich brown with a 1 finger creamy white head. Head lasted about 5-10 minutes before leaving a thin layer that clung very well. Aroma was slightly sticky sweet with some fruity tones with a touch of wheaty grains underneath. Flavor was a fruity sweet. Fairly well balanced. Slightly over sticky in the mouth and a tad under carbonated, but not bad. ABV seemed to hit very strong, which was really the only negative about this beer.

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Photo of BigMFDaddy
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16oz swing top bottle into a tulip.

L- deep amber/mahogany color with a 1/4 inch head.

S- Tons of oak w/ a light hint of vanilla and boozy on the nose

T- sweet malty, mild chocolate, touch of vanilla and great oak finish from the barrel. Also getting slight hints of caramel and some dried fruits

F- smooth finish, integrates the barrel flavor nicely

O- overall, this beer is solid. Definitely a fun and different drink to have. Personally wouldn't spend $20 on it again, but I would try it again if it was $5-7 cheaper

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Photo of Basshooker
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of phishfoolme
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of NEhophead
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9 fl oz brown swing-top bottle, served in a snifter.

Dark molasses in color beneath a creamy off-white head. A lasting sheet allows for a ring of lacing around the snifter.

Creamy, rich milk chocolate with tones of sweet toffee and light brown sugar. Dark fruit: fig, raisin, and plum that marry well with a port-like alcohol quality.

Molasses-based malt character with notes of slightly rich sweetness: milk chocolate, brown sugar. Following the muted sweetness is a clean grain and malted wheat flavor that fills the taste of the Old Ale. Notes of almond and hazelnut that make for a dry finish.

Full in body; smooth at times, but surprisingly grainy which is aided by the dryness.

An interesting offering, but the flavors are pretty muted especially given the style.

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Photo of Kendo
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from the flip-top, Grolsch-style 16 oz bottle into a Stone Old Guardian glass. Body is dark mahogany with a nice 1-finger khaki-colored head. Looks a little like black cherry soda. Head lingers for awhile.

S: Nice - lots of oak and vanilla. And booze. Not much more, other than some sweet, toffee-like malt as well.

T: Follows the nose - loads of vanilla, a touch of chocolate and dried dark fruit - figs or prunes, I think. Some nuttiness too - vanilla hazelnut coffee comes to mind, though I'm not getting coffee flavors. Finishes with boozy heat at the finish, which provides some drying on the palate.

M: Slightly oily or slick in feel; body is medium-to-full in heft.

O: Good stuff - a real nice sipper. Enjoyed it quite a bit.

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Photo of Patsnsoxfan
2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

Photo of Lawnboy33
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of MasterSki
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Reagan1984. 500ml swing-top. Served in a Struise cervoise.

A - Voluminous off-white foam settles to a creamy cap, leaving glass-coating lace. Transparent dark cherrywood color. Very attractive for the style.

S - Oak, vanilla, caramel, treacle, milk chocolate, brown sugar. Starts out quite nice, but the oak gets a bit out of hand as the beer warms up.

T - Taste is a nice collection of sweet malts, milk chocolate, fruity English ale yeast, and plenty of vanilla. Spicy oak finish that's better integrated that in the aroma. Is there lactose sugar in this? The chocolate character is super milky.

M - Medium-bodied, smooth texture, creamy, with a lightly dry and oaky finish. The alcohol content for an old ale is quite low, and it isn't noticeable at all.

D - A little to much oak for my tastes, but otherwise a solid and enjoyable Old Ale. I'd be interested in trying the base beer, as the oak flavor was the only thing that didn't work for me here.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up my two bottles Saturday morning. This special release was about 300 total bottles. This beer is the Old Man Winter aged on Oak spirals. Sold only in 750ML bottles, limit two per person for $14. Green Champagne style bottle with a regular bottle cap and Christmas themed foil over the cap. Neat packaging.

Creamy tan head forms with very good retention. The beer is a shoe polish brown color & no visible carbonation. Lots of foamy lacing remains in the glass.

Aroma is deep, malty and with some oak. Very nice aroma and thick in your nose.

Very smooth flavor. While this is similar to Old Man Winter, the oak aging seems to have rounded out the flavor and added a bit of complexity specifically towards the end. Lots of caramel, chewy sweet malts & some smooth but present hop notes towards the end. Makes no sense, but I got a little grape at certain points. The oak made it seem to finish a little drier than I remember the standard version of this beer. Very inviting.

Silky, velvety mouth feel with just a touch of carbonation.

A very nice beer and a special treat from Cape Cod Beer. Well done! Keep these specials coming. Very glad I have one bottle left.. Do I send it out, or keep it? EEEK, don't know.

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Photo of MLaVioletteJr
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Cape Cod "Christmas In July" from Cape Cod Beer
3.9 out of 5 based on 12 ratings.
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