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RATINGS: 178   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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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.


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4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
thunderhops (224) - Vermont, USA - NOV 17, 2012
Growler from brewery. Pours black with thick tan head and nice lace. Aroma of coffee, vanilla. Taste is rich coffee, vanilla, slight cinnamon. Full body, sticky, and slightly dry,coffee and vanilla slight sweetness on the finish.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mabel (6820) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2014
[6138-20140121] Bottle. Metallic rusty roasty paper grains aroma has an odd fruity note. Cola black body with a quick foamy tan head. Milk chocolate Tootsie Roll roasted coffee flavour has a long lingering aftertaste. Full body has a bitter full bite. Lovely. (8/4/9/4/16) 4.1
(c/o blankboy, w/ him, HogTownHarry, jercraigs)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ineedbeer (892) - Oakland, California, USA - NOV 30, 2014
From notes taken during a tasting a couple weeks back. Aroma has a lot of coffee character but it has started to turn vegetal, especially as it mixes with the cinnamon. Light vanilla note with moderate roast and faint chocolate. Pours black with dark brown hues and a nice dark tan head. Flavor is rather peppery with light coffee and vanilla notes. Medium light roast notes with light chocolate and lighter tobacco and leather. Not much cinnamon. Moderate bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth. Overall, not a great coffee character. Not sure what batch this bottle was from but the coffee had turned very vegetal and peppery. Other adjuncts donít really come through much.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ElManana (519) - Scheldewindeke, BELGIUM - NOV 18, 2014
Thanks Steasy66 for the bottle! Peppry, malty, caramel, bit medicine in nose. Taste is watery, malt, peppers.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TXBadger (1567) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 15, 2014
Pours a very dark brown almost black with khaki colored head. Coffee, cinnamon, vanilla, and roastjavascript: RadioSel(overall,16);ed malt on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a roasted vanilla malt note.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Experiment_Ale (1044) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2014
At tall Mattís house with Matt, Matt, garrett, and respective chicks. Pours dark dark brown. Aroma is oats, light roasted malt, light, coffee. Taste is tasty chocolate, roasty vanilla.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 18/20
kraddel (3629) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - NOV 11, 2014
Thnx to steacy Pours black, small grey head. Smell is peppers, bit roasty. Taste is roasted malts. Thin mouthfeel. Some vanilla sharpness (very different than oak vanilla) ok, but lacks a good mouthfeel.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
fluffy (1802) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - OCT 12, 2014
shared with a buddy. not sure if maybe i got an old bottle or one that had been under light. had weird funky flavor, not in a good way.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AndySnow (4089) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 9, 2014
How: Bottle.
Where: From a trade.
Appearance: Dark brown colour with a beige head.
Aroma: Roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, coffee.
Body: Medium body and carbonation.
Flavour: Coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, some vanilla.

1.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
wisdomsolo (466) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - OCT 5, 2014
Tasted like pennies. Very very thin mouthfeel. Aroma was just off too. Didn't like it one bit.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tectactoe (2343) - Michigan, USA - SEP 7, 2014
Bottle: Relatively fresh bottle, somewhere around 7-8 months old. Deep, nearly black body with a tan-mocha foam that builds up quickly & diminishes just as fast to a thin film & chunky collar. Big tannic aroma, lots of wet & sharp oak. Why? This is not even barrel aged... Where is this woodiness coming from? Mildly tart plum & black cherry spread over a bed of roasted cocoa beans, light coffee grounds, & faint milk chocolate. The tart dark fruitiness doesnít carry over to the palate (which is good, I assume), & thereís only a small hint of anise & raisin. The flavor is most a pile of dry cocoa beans, blackened malt just shy of charred status, light vanilla bean, & a touch of roasted coffee beans; not quite Italian roast, but maybe a touch more than French. I was expecting a sweeter porter, but this is definitely more kiltered to the roasty side of things. Very faint cinnamon character throughout. VERY mild. Perhaps that was the first adjunct to bite the dust. Thin-ish mouth feel, even for a "porter". Iím sick of that excuse... Porters can have voluptuousness, too. Itís a good beer, but itís far from great. Near the bottom rungs of my HF favorites, for sure. This is one Iíd LOVE to have fresh from the tap, though, just to compare.


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