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RATINGS: 80   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
Our holiday offering brewed with English pale and specialty malts and molasses. Matured in freshly emptied brandy barrels and conditioned with mission figs. Gently spiced with the world’s finest Ceylon cinnamon and whole nutmeg. ‘Now, bring us some figgy pudding!’ the carolers demand. We are pretty sure this ale is what they mean though you will will want to keep some for yourself. Total bottle count for 2010 = 768.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pdx77 (1483) - Oregon, USA - NOV 20, 2012
On draught at Bailey’s. Great spicing and an actual taste from the figs adds dimension to the brandy aging. Excellent!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Alphadelic (2171) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 20, 2013
one of best Xmas beers ever. Rich fruit and molasses, strong barley with a huge butterscotch and brandy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 11, 2010
On tap@Belmont Station...Very nice dark chestnut hue, topped with a decent head of tan foam. Ripe stone fruit aroma, some piney-ness and musty grape also. Drying effect from alcohol at first, followed by an excellent fruity/spicy melange, nothing too angular or obtuse, nicely integrated flavors of vanilla and brandy with a nice dry finish. I have one bottle, definitely a prized possession...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
neepsntatties (1781) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 15, 2010
On tap at Belmont Station. Colour...similar to clover honey. No head. Nose... delightful blend of booze, orchard fruit and spice. Palate... cloying, lightly carbonted, redolent of holiday spices, Xerez brandy, marzipan, sailor jacks and treacle with a resoundingly long, sweet/boozy finish. This is definetly one to savour at the hearth by a gently burning fire!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - SEP 18, 2011
Tap at the Bier Stein. Dark brown pour with a tan head that sticks around forever and some light lacing licking at the top of the glass. Full array of aromas on this bad boy: caramel, vanilla, molasses, some cherry and other dark fruit. Equally complex in the mouth, this one tastes of figs, vanilla, caramel, molasses and dark fruit notes. As the beer warmed there was a decided nutty flavor to it as well, which just accentuated my enjoyment. The mouthfeel was smooth as all get out and very warming as well. I really hope they brew this one again, as I was unable to get bottles and it would be amazing on a cold winter’s day.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
merc7186 (2952) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 7, 2013
A: Dark Brown Hue, Passes Mild Light, White Head Rimg, Some Lacing S: Figs, Brandy, Mild Sugar T: Brandy, Figs, Sugars, Mild Bourbon M: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Boozy, Mildly Sweet Overall, a nice sweet molasses based beer with definite brandy barrel aging in it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skyview (5696) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - FEB 11, 2012
Special thanks to Ughsmash for helping me locate this specialty seasonal. from 750 ml bomber pours a semi clear brownish orange colored brew with a fast dissolving beige head that leaves behind a thin off-white head. Aroma of camamel malt, Old Ale profile, a hint of brandy, brown sugar and floral hops. Taste is medium to full bodied with flavors of caramel mait, brandy, hint of figs, toffee and some brown sugar. Finish continues the brandy and a hint of molasses, alcohol warmth and some mild bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boFNjackson (4200) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 29, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2010 Tap @ The Hop & Vine... Poured hazy/cloudy amber-honey with a thin white head that kept a consistent ring around the edge of the glass. Nose was bready, well spiced, cloves, cinnamon, and light fruits. Started out malty, very sweet, toasty and nutty, but really turned boozy and very hot towards the finish, with a definite brandy quality. One to two years would do wonders for this brew. Other notes of vanilla, apples, bitter-sweet, ripe fruits, and the yeast played like champagne, creating a very dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (14999) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 15, 2011
Bottle. Pours muddy brown with light brown head. Nose/taste of molasses, cinnamon, maple, caramel, figs, dark fruits, brandy barrel and oak. Nice complexity with the cinnamon not overpowering the palate but mixing well with the other flavors. The brandy barrel aging also works well with some distinct brandy notes in the finish. Medium body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 20, 2012
Bottle 75 cl. Courtesy of yespr. Pours a hazy orangey brown with a lively and frothy beige head. Sweet dark overripe fruit in the nose with a sweet woody character, slightly spicy. Rich body, sweet almonds, caramel and molasses, overripe dark fruits and a subtle woody edge. No real bitterness but quite some alcohol heat. Delicious. 200912

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