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RATINGS: 106   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
This full bodied beer is dark brown in color, with a distinct malty sweetness and notes of caramel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwalking05 (4572) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JAN 23, 2009
Amber in color with a small head that disappears. Rich toffee aroma, sourdough bread, molasses and caramel. Flavor is of caramel, plumbs, spices and nuts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dorwart (2519) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 31, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2010 Holiday Vintage 2008. Need to let this one age for a bit longer. Decent carbonation. Thin head that recedes quickly. Sweet caramel malts, raisins, cherry and some butterscotch. Color is a very impressive crimson brown. Noticable alcohol presence and kick. Seems like more than the 7.2% it claims. Lots of sweetness, brown sugar, caramel malts and some peaty and smokey notes. Finishes hot and sweet. A pretty darn sweet brew. Needs to age and mellow for a year or 2. I will get another one and let the next one age a bit. Tried a second one a year or so later. Much less sweetness and more peat and smoke notes. Still a pretty good brew. Rating up.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbill (3605) - Laurel, New York, USA - OCT 29, 2008
Holiday Vintage 2005. 750 ml bottle purchased at Newark, DE location. Label says Wilmington, DE. Pours a dark brown that allows no light to pass with a moderate-large off-white head that lasted through three-quarters of the glass and left partial lace. Pleasant malty aroma. The flavor is again malty with caramel and butterscotch. Very low bitterness at the finish. Buttery mouthfeel. A very nice old ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - SEP 21, 2008
750ml bottle ’04 vintage, thanks to Swolf3. Pours very dark, murky brown. Nice off-white head. Slightly sour maltiness. Very nice flavor, smooth and very rich. Very good

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GMCC2181 (1587) - Newark, Delaware, USA - AUG 13, 2008
750ml Bottle courtesy of me! 2005 vintage. Cork popped off, which is always a good sign. Color was ruby brown, and a small head that faded quickly. Aroma was fruity. Taste better then it smells. Good balance between malt and sweet fruits and spices. No bitterness to it. Texture was average, same as the carbonation level. I am not to familiar with "old ales" so I was not expecting much, imo...its just an average session beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
holdenn (2110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2008
750 ml bottle ’05 vintage. Thanks to drewbeerme for sharing this. Pours a clear amber color with a creamy beige head. Abundantly sweet and oxidized nose. Brown sugar, lots of oxidized malts, lemons, sweet spices, dough, caramel, raisins, and grassy hops. Sweet oxidized malt flavors. Cherries, plums, brown sugar, charred malts, dough, biscuit, and caramels. Piney and grassy hops in the finish. With this much oxidation, I could see how people wouldn’t be into it. But I thought the oxidized malts worked really well with the other notes. Solid beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 1, 2008
750ml bottle. 2005 vintage. thanks to eclectic for this wonderful extra. pours chestnut reddish brown with creamy tan head. aroma is doughy, nutty, oxidized malt, hints of chocolate. flavor is doughy, nutty, chocolate, slightly and nicely oxidized. full mouth feel, smooth body. pretty nice aged brew. not sure it could handle much more age.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12684) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 26, 2008
(750ml bottle, 2005 vintage) Pours a hazy brown with medium beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, raisins, plum, sulfur, and caramel. Flavor of raisins, toffee, caramel malt, and toasted bread.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dyetube (1374) - Hurst, Texas, USA - JUN 12, 2008
DFW Tasting 6/8/08 Thanks to Bu11zeye for sharing! This beer poured an amber color with a thin head. Not too much to say about this one. It was o.k. but not great. Cheers!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
travita (4823) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 11, 2008
Amber colored with an ok head. Smell is fruits, sweet, caramel, and maple sugar. Taste is about the same as the smell just a touch plainer. Medium body and sticky. Very good.

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