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Christmas Ale by Breckenridge BBQ & Brew Pub
Winter Warmer
7.40 % ABV

Review by tavernjef on 09/30/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
44 3 5 8 2 4 2010
Dark coppery color thats clear and bold with a finger high cap of softly lumped dark ivory. Resides to keep a bubbly collaring and the lace is stretched-thinner-then-thin in a sheeting effect along with some tiny dotting.

Aroma is of a dry wood, slight ginger, and rosemary-like musk and a bit of cooked vegetables; seemingly quite light and takes a good wiff in to get it.

Flavors insist on following the smell; why oh why? Its light and pale, bordering a boring and very understated taste. Quickly sweet, wiped away by a strange woodish mint thing and the continued vegetable musk. It does remind me alot of deep-fried mushroom appetizers, and that is not something I want to find in a seasonal winter ale.

Feel is close to medium approaching thin, definately empty and nearly depleted of anything that would perhaps help this concoction. No sir, I didn't like it.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by joe1510 on 05/13/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
50 2 7 9 3 4 2010
12oz Bottle
Bottled 5th week of September

Poured a warm looking clear mahogany into my pint glass. A one finger beige head sits up top but fades to a solid cap after a couple minutes. Leaves billowy lacing when you tip the glass but it falls back into the body after a few seconds. Looks good.

The smell is a tough thing for me to pick apart for whatever reason. Theres a unique freshness to this that smells faintly like fresh hops. Unfortuanately after that there's not much else that impresses. Maybe some toasted grains and light pine. As it warms I pick up a mild nutiness. Still hard to pick apart.

The taste is on the weak side. All flavors are muted including the alcohol which is surprising at 7.4%. I'm picking up the same flavors as in the nose.Toasted grains start things off. Mid-palate a small but noticable dose of hops wash across the tongue and ends with a mild alcohol spicyness. If the flavors came through more this beer would be a lot better. It's just average right now though.

The mouthfeel is strange. When I first take a mouthful it feels medium bodied and creamy. The closer it gets to the throat the more watered down it gets. Theres some alchol fumes rising after the swallow that are minimal but there.

Drinkability is average. Nothing special but goes down pretty smooth.

This beer was worth trying for the fact it's a seasonal. I'll pass on it next time I see it so I can either try some new winter seasonals or old favorites. That being said It didnt get the highest ratings from me but in no way was I disappointed.

Reviewed: 12/5/06

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Surly Duff on 12/03/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
30 3 4 3 2 3 2008
Pours a clear deep brown with a foamy off-white head that quickly settles and leaves a little lacing on the walls of the glass.

Not much for aroma. Bit of slightly sweet malt with a hint of light chocolate and a distant touch of spice. Was expecting much more aroma.

Medium malt body with a light sweetness. Hint of roasted malt and a touch of chocolate. Not much else. WTF? For being dark in color there's about as much flavor as a Miller Lite.

Sadly this is the worst winter warmer I can recall in a long time. Nothing in the aroma and nothing in the flavor. Sad to be let down by one of my favorite styles.

Price: $1.59 Served In: Pint Glass

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