The Christmas Ale from Breckenridge Brewery in Denver, Colorado pours out a dark amber in color with good clarity and is topped with a two finger, frothy, cream colored head that slowly reduces all the way down leaving a few splotches of foam and a medium sized collar. On the nose, spiced cookie, bread dough, fruit cake, brown sugar and dark fruits. In the mouth, coating with a nice sweetness that is cleaned up by spice and hops on the backend. Flavors of baked plum, sweet bread, brown sugar, some chocolate and winter spices. Medium bodied. Good carbonation. Fairly thick sheets of lacing on the glass. Slightly sticky mouthfeel. The finish has good length and the malts and sweetness really hang on almost the whole way through where the spice and a little hop bite take over.
A nice Christmas Ale that has wonderful flavor. Enough fruit and a strong malt back bone give this a nice level of sweetness. Pick some up; I think you'll like it. Recommended.
12 ounce bottle, 7.4% ABV, 22 IBU, Bottled on September 24, 2012 (stamp says 15/21/268/12/17:14/S - I am guessing 12 is for the year and 268 is for the day)
Beer 339 of 366 for 2012