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RATINGS: 136   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Home for the Holidays is a smooth, malty, warming brown ale, brewed with loads of roasted malts to give hints of chocolate and raisin, liberally dosed with noble Halletauer and Saaz hops, and fermented with a Belgian yeast strain. Its perfect for evenings with that special someone (or your dog, or ideally, both) in front of the fire, or to celebrate the return of a family member whos been away . . . Profits from the sale of this product will be donated to Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (www.iava.org).

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
after4ever (7608) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAY 13, 2011
22. Pours a deep brown with a creamy tan head. Roasty brown bread nose showing way too much aluminum and CO2 along with the malts. Creamy medium body with soft carb, goes a bit watery in spots. Somewhat acrid, seems to be a nasty fight happening here between the hops and the phenols. Acidic for sure, salty, soapy, metallic. Oh, and showing some brown bread and molasses as well. Not sure if they meant for it to be this way or not.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
LilBeerDoctor (3772) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 2, 2011
Bottle. This was an impulse purchase, and unfortunately, not a good one. Pours a ruby red with a thick white head. Aroma of oatmeal malt, sweet fruits, and floral hops. Flavor of sweet caramel malt, lots of sugary notes and raisin. Ok, but much too sweet for my liking. 6/4/5/3/10 [2.8/5]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HonusWagner (2127) - Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2011
The nose is very yeasty, with all the esters youd expect out of Belgian yeast. Also oaky, a bit sweetbread, and slightly too detectable alcohol. A bit of toasted grains. Its an interesting idea but it falls apart a bit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - MAR 27, 2011
22 oz. bottle - Pours a brown color with a two finger thick light tan head. Nice lacing. Aroma is Belgian yeast, esters, and toasted malt. Flavor is esters, light chocolate, and light herbal hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
johnnnniee (3816) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 2, 2011
Pours a deep reddish orange color with a fluffy/bubbly off white head that recedes quickly. Smells of toffee, biscuit, light oak, a fruity tartness seems a bit out of place. Taste is toffee, caramel, biscuit, light oak, and the beginning of a lactic infection. Medium body, sticky syrupy mouthfeel, moderate to high level of carbonation. Not a drain pour, but could have been so much better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tennessejed420 (940) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 21, 2011
bottle. Pours dark red brown, with frothy off white head. Aroma is pretty interesting, unique, hard to describe exactly. Id say there are some fruit tones, maybe cherry, with some mint, oak, and brown sugar. Throw in some raisin too. Flavor of burnt sugar, some ever so subtle tartness, black cherry, a somewhat dry oaky finish, also plenty of mint at the end too. This one definitely wins points for uniqueness, and really its pretty good. Im glad I bought it, I enjoyed it. Medium bodied, smooth, although it could be a little creamier.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerona97 (2398) - Washington, USA - FEB 15, 2011
Pours hazy amber brown with a thick beige head. Aroma of berries, caramel, floral hop, mildly tart. Taste is interesting, some roast malt, fruit, wood, finish is bitter. This beer has a funky woody taste and Im not sure if it fits well with the roasty malt that you get from the brown ale part. Throw in the the Belgian yeast and this beer is just weird.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (12944) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 6, 2011
A hazed dark amber ale with a thin off white head. In aroma, nice fruity esters, and sweet caramel. In mouth, a nice fruity malt with light oaken notes, light alcohol, juniper notes. On tap at Boston Beer Summit, Jan. 15 2011.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (21640) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 25, 2011
This was the next-to-last beer of a long night that MrChopin and I spent carousing around the DC beer scene. We finished with an old Cantillon Kriek at home after this one. I actually did not remember the name of this beer the next day, I was pretty sure it was called "Merry Christmas" or "Welcome Home" or something like that. Had to go back to Churchkey to find out. I was close, anyway. Tasty enough, and Im very glad we shared it!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (6026) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JAN 25, 2011
Bottle. Rusty brown with a short, foamy tan head. Aroma is dusty cocoa, light chocolate, sweet malt, soft spices, and yeast notes. Taste is spices (hints of ginger and nutmeg), cocoa, light chocolate, earthy notes, sweet malt, light nuttiness and dusty yeast. Body is medium with a soft chalkiness or powdery note and a moderate carbonation. Finish is more spicy notes, cocoa, light chocolate hints, soft earthy notes and and a pleasant nuttiness.

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