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RATINGS: 72   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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Unfiltered, N.W. hops, English Malts, molasses for rum-like flavors.


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 6, 2004
Light brown color with a very thin (none) head. Roasted malt that tasted of caramel. Alcohol was all over this. Very mild hop taste.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 15, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2005 dark clear amber with a thin sheet of froth climbing the sides of the glass...dark caramel and nice hop background...good bitterness but staying balamced and nice...hide’s alcohol well.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy101 (5277) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 12, 2003
Medium brown color. Medium head. Aroma is malty. A medium bodied Christmas Ale. Malts are nutty, fruity and sweet. Hops are spicy and grapefruity. A nice, spiced X-mas beer, brewed in the English Strong Ale tradition. Nicely balanced. Fairly smooth. No alcohol bite. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
schm1005 (151) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 30, 2003
Carmelly tangy flavors and dark amber in color. Sweet tasting with some candy flavors. Hops are present but the malt and yeast provides the largest portion of the flavor profile. Very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
herbstress3 (221) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JAN 16, 2003
Dark burgandy color, red hues. Very rich looking but thin head. Very strong, good flavor but too hard to get over the strong alcoholic taste.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Crit (3318) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 13, 2003
Amber with lasting beige head. Toasty chocolate malt nose. Roasted , slightly cloyingly sweet flavor

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
baobubba (455) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - DEC 20, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2003 Re-Rate 12/7/2002 - Had this beer on tap. This time it had carboation and everything about it was better. Rate 12/5/2002 -Dark amber in color, no head. A thick malty aroma grabs you by the nostrils and screams Christmas! Damit Christmas! Very intersting toffee aroma that can be broken doen into vanilla, caramel, and spice. Sweet flavor with a bitter finish and aftertaste. The low carbonation turns me off a bit. Interesting winter beer. If it had better carbonation I would think everyone should try it.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - DEC 18, 2002
Starts of a sweet cloying note (cough syrup). Dark garnet color with not so much of a head but dots of white whisping across the top. Strange deep dark cellar full of chrismas stuff with swarthy ner’dowells swiggin rum out of carmel covered takards in the corners. Out side the malt rain turns to slush on spruce street.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2002
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2003 The perfect winter beer. I have been looking hard for a winter beer that actually contains some winter-time qualities, not some overly hopped seasonal brewed for those long winters in Southern California. I'm from the Northwest dammit, I need something to warm my ass. This is initially bitter with a nice flavorful hop presence, but this is soon overshadowed by a wonderful swell of rum and caramel that is reminiscent of egg-nog. My compliments go out to the little brewery over there in LaConner.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 28, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2003 This was quite unique. Some rum/vinous taste to the beer. Very thick and somewhat sweet with a fruity and malty complexity. Very good beer. Underrated. Get this. ReRate 12-2003: AWESOME. Dry cascade hops in the aroma. Taste is big, sweet, and full. Rum flavors still there. So damn mellow. Hops creep in at the end but are so subtle. I want to age this- if I can find any more.


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