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Back Road Christmas Ale 2012

Back Road Christmas Ale 2012
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Formerly brewed at Back Road Brewery
Style: Scotch Ale
La Porte, Indiana USA
Serve in Thistle


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RATINGS: 3   MEAN: 3.03/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.84/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
The 2012 Christmas Ale is a Red Scotch Wee Heavy.

swigswthwolves' rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
swigswthwolves (74) - Michigan City, Indiana, USA - DEC 14, 2012
Not what one might expect from a Christmas ale. Pours a cloudy amber with yellowish hues. Smells malty and a bit sour. Taste is thick and full with a hint of figs maybe. Sticks to the palate a bit. Overall it is a decent brew though it does not quite conjure thoughts of Christmas

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
hopscotch (10642) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 4, 2013
Bottle... Cloudy caramel ale with a mid-sized, fragile, khaki head. The bouquet is a blend of caramel, apple cider, warm sweat and lactic acid. Medium to full-bodied with a lightly creamy mouthfeel and tickling carbonation. The flavor furnishes an odd assemblage of caramel and tart apple cider with a small splash of perry. Finishes flat and minerally. Infected without a doubt. Too bad. If it was apple cider, I may have enjoyed it; but it wasnt, so I didnt. Bottle courtesy of BBB63!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 15, 2012
Tap at brewery and bottle at home (bottled today) : Pours a reddish amber hue with very little head or lace, some oily legs. The aroma has notes of caramel, herbal hops, earthy yeast esters and some light allspice vapours along with a dash of oak. The taste is rich caramel and bready malts with some light smoky and earthy notes. Light but noticeable noble hop bitterness along with some oak tannin. A touch of mineral water and a common house flavor profile. The mouth feel is oily yet brash around the edges. Unless some off flavor is produced, this beer should age well for 3-6 months and gain depth. I like this quite a bit and is nicely attenuated (aka not overly sweet).

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