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RATINGS: 191   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
A Winter Porter brewed with Coffee and Cinnamon...Aged on Vanilla Beans. Our Holiday Ale is named after the last text written by one of our philosophical idols, Friedrich Nietzsche and his Twilight of the Idols/The Anti-Christ.

Second release: November 2015

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Homer321 (2982) - Melboring, Florida, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Bottle. A loud and forceful bottle cap almost flee off. Poured into a duvel glass. Huge light brown head. Moderate coffe and dark chocolate in the nose. Not much vanilla. Flavor is similar with more chocolate and coffee. Really not seeing any sign of vanilla or cinnamon at all. Overall its not a bad porter but there isnít anything that great or complex about it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bellco33 (519) - Willington, Connecticut, USA - DEC 23, 2013
On tap at the Black Back: Pours dark brown with a cream colored head. Vanilla, roasted malt on the nose. Flavor is vanilla, coffee, cinnamon. Malty goodness but not overwhelmingly sweet. Smooth finish, sticks to the mouth, full bodied. Awesome beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dedollewaitor (14917) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 23, 2013
Growler. 75cl. Pours black with a creamy head. Mild cinnamon, roast, chocolate and coffee. Smooth and silky. Bitter roasted finish. Balanced and not overdone. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
swoopjones (7013) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 21, 2013
Draft at Black Back pub. Waterbury VT. Amazing porter, fuller bodied thing of beauty. Chocolate, coffee, lots of roasted maltiness. Full mouthfeel. Absolutely delicious

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mathieuc (2484) - Quťbec, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 20, 2013
Pours a nice dark brown with a small brown head that leaves some lacing. Aroma is of roasted grains, spices and a little bit of green pepper. It feels really fresh. Taste is only lightly sweet with roasted malt flavors (and also that slight green pepper but it isnít disturbing). Nice sweet and vanilla finish. Body is medium, carbonation level enhancing the smoothness impression. Quite elegant, moreso than I remember from our last encounter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - NOV 18, 2013
Bottled 2012-13 winter. Itís relatively fresh is what Iím saying. Itís black with a nice solid sheet of tan foam. Smells nice, coffee, cocoa, rich toasted graham crackers, bits of burnt toffee and a good dose of vanilla - but not overbearing. Flavor is rich with the tone of the nose and a little hint of pepper and almost a waxy crayon note. The bitterness is well matched with rich dark gooey chocolates and a little bit of dust. Full and smooth body with low carb and an off dry, but mucous producing finish. Nearly perfect mouthfeel for my money. nice beer as usual.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DesertDevil (673) - Arizona, USA - NOV 13, 2013
Growler. Heavy chocolate malty nose with a light vinous and vinegar tone, some coffee, and touch of cinnamon. Pours a dark reddish-brown. Light vanilla and just the right amount of cinnamon with some earthy coffee on the back end. Dry, woody spiced finish. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
JBPortland (1294) - Portland, Maine, USA - NOV 8, 2013
2L growler purchased 10/23. Pours dark brown with small head. Nose is coffee, cocoa, faint spices. Mouthfeel is silky smooth. Taste is subtle coffee, cream, roasty, some spices. Finish is medium bitterness with nice creamy coffee, some milk chocolate, notes of spices and cinnamon, some sweetness. So delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lachrymalisis (440) - Washington, USA - NOV 5, 2013
no bullshit inane bloviation could add anything else to the discussion of deScriptions of this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (4457) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 26, 2013
Thanks Jason for sharing! Super carbonated when opened, sits black with a profuse fizzy tan head. Nose shows coffee and a touch of vanilla and wonderfully nuanced dark grain notes. Hard to get much out of the flavor due to the excessive carbonation. Some cacao and coffee with bitter dark grain but I feel like the more delicate compounds are lost in the maelstrom of carbonation.

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