Frosted Frog Christmas Ale

22 oz bottle from Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA.
The pour is a very attractive garnet colored pour with a smallish head that eventually forms a light, mocha colored spotty film on the surface of the beer. No lace to speak of.
The nose delivers a HUGE blast of cinnamon. Not subtle, not restrained and a little off-putting.
The tastes follow suit with some large cardamon, cinnamon and ginger elements all present. Underneath it all there are some caramel malts, but the spices are extremely dominant and also add a bit of herbal quality as well. There isn’t much here outside of the spices but I’m not sure that they were trying to do much else. Alcohol well hidden.
This strikes me as a mood beer. If you are in the festive mood and want to indulge in a beer that reflects spicy, winter warmer type scene, then you would probably go for this. Outside of that context this could become a bit of an effort and you could tire of it very quickly indeed.

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12/12/2010
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bottle
ABV: 8.6 %
Appearance: 3.5
Taste: 3.5
Mouthfeel: 3.5
Smell: 4.5
Overall: 3.5
Total: 3.7
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