Over the years, this has been one of our most popular holiday recipes. Rich and robust, it includes traditional holiday spices: cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger root. The recipe is loosely based on Anchor's yearly Special Holiday Ale.
Specialty malts: chocolate malt, English Crystal
Featured hops: Mt. Hood, Saaz
Other additives: additive pack
O.G. = 1.050
F.G. = 1.012
Approximately 5.0% ABV
Approximately 166 Cal / 12 oz
Makes 5 US gallons
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Brewed the mini mash version of this recipe. It turned out good but it is a bit over powering with the spice pack. Only been kegged for two week now but may get better with time.
I brewed the LMM version for a company Christmas party. About 17 days in primary then kegged and forced carbed. My friends and I are all hop heads, but we all preferred this over a Pliny the Elder clone I brewed around the same time. It's very well bodied, the spices aren't over the top, and it offers a very complex flavoring. This will definitely be brewed again next year.
This was my first all grain recipe and I doubt that I'll be going back to extracts. Did my mash and boil the last week in October, 1 week in primary, 2 in secondary, then bottled. Tried after 3 weeks in bottle and the spices came through a little more than I liked but by the time Xmas rolled around this beer was awesome. Great, easy to drink holiday recipe. Thanks AHS!!
Made the DME version. After 3.5 weeks in bottle properly carbed. Just split two bottles with my son now for Christmas dinner. Very subtle spice flavor. Yummy ale flavor. Dark red color. Will do this one again next year.
Very nice holiday beer, basically a nice amber ale with some tasty holiday spices giving a "gingerbread" type flavor. Mine peaked at around 3 months, so brew this one in October to have it ready for Xmas. After a few months, the spices tend to fade a bit, but still taste good. This was well-liked by everyone -- will definitely make it again this Christmas. Highly recommend this recipe.