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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. It’s 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 who’s been away . . . Profits from the sale of this product will be donated to Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (www.iava.org).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 3, 2009
22 oz bottle @ redlight redlight. Smokey, roasted malts, very nutty aromas. Pours a rich brown with a solid white head. Super nutty, hazelnuts, almonds, caramel, very smooth and nutty, very drinkable. Great brown ale!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy101 (5359) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 8, 2009
Sampled on 11/27/2009. This brown ale pours a medium to dark brown color from a 22oz bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is brown sugar, malt, spices, oak and nutty. A medium bodied brown ale. The malts are caramel, fruity and sweet, brown sugar. The hops are herbal and floral. Nice balance of oak, malt and spices. A very pleasurable mixture, nothing grabs control, they all work nicely together. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mrhoppy (1288) - Santa Clara, California, USA - DEC 27, 2009
Very good Belgium brown ale. A pleasant Surprise. Big thick and malty. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nimbleprop (7560) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 17, 2010
22oz bottle pours a translucent brown with a creamy beige head. Aroma of a standard brown ale, sweet, malty, caramel, brown sugar, toasted grains. The flavor is exceptional, sweet malts, caramel, biscuits, crackers, there’s a wonderful hazelnut flavor that may have come from the barrel aging. Flavor also has some light spice, light vanilla and brown sugar. Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Flavor is wonderful and fresh and drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wlajwl (5834) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUN 11, 2011
Roasted malts in the aroma while the appearance is a brown-amber in color. The flavor is of fruit and the aforementioned malts. Rather unique for a brown ale, this is heavy on the fruit but still balanced in the malts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (14169) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 19, 2009
Bottle from BevMo. Pours ruby copper with a decent beige head. Aromas of spice and chocolate. Almost medium body with average carbonation. Flavor is a bit woody, followed by something like alcohol (without heat), hate to say solvent, cause it’s not bad. Followed by mild chocolate, something suggesting root beer, something like ginger, definitely roast malt. Then something like evergreen. Flavor keeps moving around. Mysterious and entertaining. For a brown ale it’s very good. Ends up just a little astringent. I think the oak comes forth more with time. On the light side of the Xmas brews.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 26, 2009
Poured hazy amber brown, spices, malty, caramel, little dark fruit, light bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (5256) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2009
bottle thanks to bman1113vr. deep amber with a cream head. wood, chocolate, roasted malts and light vanilla on the nose. very nice on the palate with a great roasted malt flavor along with chocolate and vanilla.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dnstone (2708) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 13, 2010
A rich, malty nose. Dark brown/amber color. A slight roastiness with a sweet finish on the flavor. Notes: Beer Advocate Belgian Beer Fest (Boston) ’09

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (8207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 16, 2010
On tap at the Oldsmar Tap House pouring up murky orange – copper with off white head. The aroma is full of fairly smooth notes of raisins, honey, prunes, spices and molasses. The taste begins with raisins and prunes and then quickly picking up some spiciness and the carbonation surges forward. Beyond midway and into the finish it gets a bit peppery as well as smooth and sweet with malt underneath. Nice brew.

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