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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.37/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 405   ABV: 13.5%
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Coming this holiday season is not only our first "holiday ale", but also our first collaboration with Randy Kuczor from Whole Foods Market on P St. We think it’s only fitting to call our gift to the city "Exaltation". The brew itself is going to be a high-gravity Belgian-style Christmas ale, and it being brewed with cocoa nibs, cherries, whole cinnamon sticks, gingerbread, ginger and black rye. This brew will definitely keep Jack Frost from nipping at your toes, as you sip it by the fire.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gsmitty80 (1794) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 10, 2014
I must have had this at Rustico after an event and i remember it being absolutely amazing. Great malt characters with no ’holiday spice’. Huge alcohol. Def a warmer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JOHNCONOR (23) - USA - FEB 23, 2014
I was fortunate enough to stumble upon this gem while at the Westover Market and Beer Garden in Arlington VA. I drank this on tap and unfortunately the only sizes you could get it in were 10oz and 8oz, which is probably a good thing. At 13.5 this stuff resembles wine more than it does beer. Of the three beers I tried this one took the gold by a landslide. If nothing else it is the most intriguing beer I’ve had in a while. It is a very dark beer, not porter/stout dark but damn close. The aroma absolutely blew me away. Spice was upfront and very bold, the most prominent smell was that of cinnamon and other holiday spices. The flavor was very balanced and harmonious and the cinnamon and other spices did not overpower the pallet. Very smooth despite the insane alcohol content. I reminisced of pleasant Christmas memories and those bowls of holiday potpourri the entire duration of this brew. Excellent beer all the way around, unfortunately it seems to be a seasonal offering and rare.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11443) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 13, 2014
Draft. Lightly hazed dark amber body with small beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, cherry, some caramel, plum, light honey. Taste is sweet, cherry, some alcohol, earthy, light caramel, plum. Somewhat sticky medium-full body. Big, but I wouldn’t guess 13.5%.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Iphonephan (3162) - McLean, Virginia, USA - JAN 7, 2014
On draft at Whole Foods on Falls Church. Fragrant floral nose. Flavors if anise, cinnamon and cloves. Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Crisp spicy finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nickls (1824) - SE DC, Washington DC, USA - JAN 3, 2014
Tap. Muddy dark copper brown, thin tan head. Loads of nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, and a bit overpoweringly spicy. Flavor is the same, but dry. Medium body. Meh

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (8300) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2014
Draft at Whole Foods Charlottesville, 12/22/13. Pours a hazy amber color with a medium sized frothy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of heavy spices, citrus, apple, nuts, caramel. The taste is apple, caramel, heavy clove and other spices, nuts. Medium bodied, boozy, lingering spice. Interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
radagast83 (4548) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2014
Draft at Rustico - Alexandria. Poured a dark brown color with a medium sized, fluffy white head. Aroma is spices - cinnamon, gingerbread, lots of ginger notes. Flavor begins pleasant, but is too heavy on the ginger notes. Ginger heat, spice. Cinnamon sticks. If the ginger was removed, I bet it would be pretty good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
coolpop (1395) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - DEC 30, 2013
Draft at the brewery. Aroma and flavor are dominated by harsh spice: way too much cinnamon, ginger. Allspice in there too? Boozy and unintegrated. Pretty rough. Strikes me as a beer made on a dare: think we can actually make a beer that has so much spice it singes palates? Don’t get it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mansquito (3338) - Nueva York, New York, USA - DEC 22, 2013
Rustico, Arlington tap: Pours murky dark brown with barely any head (on mine). Aroma is ginger, spice, toffee, Christmas. Taste is a little sweet. Very spicy. Ginger working well with the roasted malts. Alcohol is very well covered. Plenty of body, but still drinkable. Interesting to say the least.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sonnycheeba (3470) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 21, 2013
Growler shared by Travlr. Pours murky brown with fizzy beige head. Aroma is spices, cookie and toasted malts, dates, raisins, light spicy hops, and faint toffee. Flavor is dry malts, heavy mixed spices, toast, and light hop bitterness; dry finish with some lingering spice. Medium body and low carbonation.

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