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Old 12-12-2010, 06:34 AM   #1
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Curious to see who else made a special brew for Xmas/The Holidays?

I did a Xmas Vanilla Porter to send back home to Chicago, it hasn't even been 2 weeks since it was brewed, and I'm already drinking a sample Not bad for 7%abv! Still has 2 weeks to go, but heck, it's drinkable now. A strong roasty Vanilla aroma, but the taste is quite a bit more subdude, spot on!

What else do we have out there for Xmas beers?

 
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Old 12-12-2010, 07:40 AM   #2
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My brew-buddies and I have made a hogmanale for New Years. Hogmanay is the scots name for the last day of the year, and the associated party. Its based on the malt from an amber we've done in the past, with the hops way scaled back, beefed up with molasses and spiced with chai tea, cloves and vanilla. Should be about 7.5%abv.

 
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Old 12-12-2010, 12:46 PM   #3
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Made my x-mas brew back in July. Bottle 5 gallons last week with the beer gun for gifts and the other 5 is on tap. Planning ahead is a wonderful thing....

 
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Old 12-12-2010, 12:55 PM   #4
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I brewed a Chocolate Mint Stout and a Mocha Stout. The Mocha stout is ready for kegs, but the Mint Stout might not be ready in time.
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Old 12-12-2010, 01:05 PM   #5
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Quote:
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I did a Xmas Vanilla Porter to send back home to Chicago,
Man, you totally didn't have to do that! But how did you get my address?

Seriously, though, I did make a batch of Northern Brewer's Winter Spiced Ale for gifts for the neighbors and to drink over the winter. The mulling spice addition in the BK made the house smell wonderful. The airlock smelled like Santa's reindeer's farts (that's a good thing). When I bottled/kegged it last night, the spice taste was pretty strong. I'm hoping they mellow out somewhat and that the bite from the carbonation helps to make this a delicious beer.
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Old 12-12-2010, 01:11 PM   #6
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I did a pumpkin porter, just kinda threw a recipe together, not my favorite, but alot of people liked it. I brewed a Ghiradelli chocolate mocha oatmeal stout Friday night, that should be great.

 
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Old 12-12-2010, 11:31 PM   #7
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Man, you totally didn't have to do that! But how did you get my address?

Seriously, though, I did make a batch of Northern Brewer's Winter Spiced Ale for gifts for the neighbors and to drink over the winter. The mulling spice addition in the BK made the house smell wonderful. The airlock smelled like Santa's reindeer's farts (that's a good thing). When I bottled/kegged it last night, the spice taste was pretty strong. I'm hoping they mellow out somewhat and that the bite from the carbonation helps to make this a delicious beer.
saw it on one of your old posts, I'm hoping all the bottles make it in tact My family is full of beer lovers, so the Porter should go over really well. I'm sending a Saison I brewed about 6-8 weeks back as well to keep the "I don't like dark beer" crowd happy

 
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Old 12-12-2010, 11:34 PM   #8
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I did a spiced wheat and a Belgian strong dark to give away as gifts.

 
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Old 12-13-2010, 12:06 AM   #9
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I did a stout with attitude. I put everything in. Special B, Crystal 80, choc malt, roast barley, oatmeal, munich, 4oz coffee. Dag gum this puppy has flavour and 6.5%ABV, and a thick brown head. It tastes like a carbonated black russian.
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Old 12-13-2010, 02:39 AM   #10
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I just wrote up a recipe for the same thing. BIG Coffee Stout, about 7% and probably a similar grain bill to yours, except no Munich, with honey malt

 
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