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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 3.6/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Kringle Krack Strong Winter Ale is characterized by its huge malt profile that is blended with three different Northwest hops. This big, dark ale is aged eight months for a smooth, balanced finish. This beer is perfect for those cold winter nights sitting by the fire. Kris Kringle approved!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fatehunter (2249) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - DEC 7, 2015
Pours a finger and half of head on a dark straw body. The aroma is chocolate, milk, toast and bread. The taste has mild lemon bitterness and a nice bread flavor. The texture is thicker. Quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Reid (2317) - Salem, Oregon, USA - DEC 6, 2015
22oz bottle bought from Roth’s Vista Market. $3.99 ( 7% alc.) Dark brown cloudy body with a large attractive thick tan head. Nice chocolaty, creamy nose..cocoa and coffee too. Taste the same but more cocoa and cream..slightly roasted malts..nice. Good smooth and creamy palate..easy going down. I thought this a nice beer despite the cheesy name...to me its a porter not an Old Ale

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Arayaga2 (2122) - portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 22, 2014
Even toned brown/black with thin white head. Both aroma and taste are primarily of mildly cheesy, but resinous hops. Taste has some dialed down porter aspects to it with some chocolate, but overall, it confuses me. $4.75/pint

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heinesands (10) - Salem, USA - FEB 23, 2014
Smell and look with the dark brown color and brownish colored head remind me of a porter. But not as sweet very smooth. Light hop notes plus good roasted malt notes. Plus a nice bite for those cold evening.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgb9348 (5683) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 29, 2014
Rich deep dark brown coloured body with a deep brown glow, about 90% opaque with a thick, rich, four centimetre tall brown head - looks very nice, not like an Old though. Aroma of bright fresh PNW and piney hops with a rich roasted malt and oatmeal scent and some fruits and yeast to round out the smells. Medium to Full-bodied; Roasty flavour with a good rich chocolate and oatmeal flavour, some earthy notes, hints of nuts throughout and a solid hop profile, on the lighter side, near the finish. Aftertaste shows some cream and lactic notes, a bit of caramelised sugars and hints of the hop bitterness. Overall, much more of a Black IPA than an Old Ale for sure, but probably most compatible with the Sweet Stout or Stout category. More importantly, a good solid beer with a nice profile, smooth complexity and a good bite for the wintertime. Definitely worth room in your suitcase if you’re bringing this one back home, as I did! I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Made in Oregon in Portland (PDX Airport - Terminal D) on 11-November-2013 for US$6.95 sampled at home in Washington on 29-January-2014.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
raphael (1166) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 29, 2013
Christmas beers run a range, from the lighter colored, dry/hoppy. like Celebration & BiFrost, to the darker sweet spiced, like Anchor Special and Reindeer Fly. Kringle Krack is dark and spicy, but bitter in an herbal way. (My favorite dark holiday beer is Terminal Gravity Festivale, which has a strong hop presence with rich and assertive malts.) The aroma is fruitcake, meaning cloves & other spices, alcohol, molasses. modest khaki head on dark brown. good aromatics and a little weight in the mouth. flavor of roasted malt, alcohol, cardamom & non citric grapefruit peel. Not cloying, that old school bitter holiday punch. This beer a pleasant surprise to me. On tap at Multnomah Lucky Lab.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
VastActiv (5680) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 12, 2013
Tap at Baileys Taproom, Portland. Colour is deep dark brown with small slightly brownish white bubbly head. Aromas and flavours: Some chocolate, hints of fruits, hints of hops and roasted malts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (14092) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 11, 2013
Bomber from Made in Oregon. Pours very dark brown with a creamy tan head. Aroma of dark roasty malt with a bit of chocolate and some hop notes. Near full bodied. Flavor is dark and roasty with chocolate. There’s some bitterness to offset all the malt - I don’t think it qualifies as either sweet or dry. There’s some astringency. If pressed I vote dry.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
troopie (2295) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Draught. Aroma was unfortunate, smelled rather like furniture polish. Dark brown with moderate white head. Lovely flavour malty with a nutty overtone. Might make a good pour over Christmas plum cake. Long and lasting malt finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2012
Bottle:   Deep brown, cola highlights, large frothy beige head, nice lacing.   Somewhat of a roasty nose, pine tree like spices, soft cocoa or chocolate.   Dry roastiness on the tongue.   Bakers chocolate, a bit astringent.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Strong Pine and Douglas Fir tree like spices on the backside.   Also seems shrubby, with lingering unsweetened chocoate or cocoa.   By this time it gets a little tough to drink.   Hides the ABV well at least.   The forest is strong in this one!

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