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RATINGS: 1303   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 63   EST. CALORIES: 235   ABV: 7.85%
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AKA Holiday Ale
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AKA Brown Sugar Substitute

This sad holiday season we didn’t have the brewing capacity to make our favorite seasonal brew, the widely feared BrownShugga’ Ale. You see we had a couple of really good years (thank you very much) and so heading into this season while we are awaiting the January delivery of a new brewhouse we are jammin’ along brewing 80 barrels of IPA and PILS and such every 3 hours. A couple of months back we realized that since we can only brew a mere 60 barrels of Shugga’ every 5 hours, that we were seriously screwed. For every case of Shugga’ brewed, we’d short 3 cases of our favorite daily beers. It’s a drag. This year, we brewed something that we think is also cool and brews more like our daily brews. The new brewhouse will help insure this kind of failure never happens again. It’s a mess that we can not brew our BrownShugga’ this year and we suck for not doing it. There is nothing cool about screwing this up this badly and we know it. Maybe we can sue our own sorry selves. There is no joy in our hearts this holiday and the best we can hope for is a quick and merciful end. F*@& us. This totally blows. Whatever. We freaking munch moldy donkey butt and we just want it to be all over...
So this substitute beer is a ‘Cereal Medley’ of Barley, Rye, Wheat, and Oats…. Full of complexishness from the 4 grains, and weighing in at 7.85% abv, Then joyously dry-hopped for that big aroma and resinous hop flavor.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LoganL166 (19) - Iowa, USA - DEC 13, 2014
Poured from a 32oz to a snifter. Great hazy golden color with a lacing white head. Aroma of hops up front with a nice fruit backbone followed by an almost vanilla scent. Taste is all the same with a tart fruit finish that is also a little sweet. Coats the palate nicely and keeps me coming back for more. Fantastic beer!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
razzanof (36) - Leavenworth, Kansas, USA - DEC 13, 2014
Bottom line, up front - this used to be my favorite beer. However 2014 Sucks is a major letdown. Doesn't seem to have the bite I've become used to. From a 32 oz bottle... Pours Cloudy golden with decent white head and minimal lacing. Hoppy aroma with citrus and grass. Full body. Taste of sweetness with a citrus, grassy backbone. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
dhatton (36) - Mendham, New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2014
Pours a brilliant golden body with thick fluffy head. Nice residual lacing as head recedes. Initial aroma of fresh pine, florals, and citrus notes smoothed out with a warm vanilla scent. Slight tang of grapefruit and apricots followed by a honey aftertaste. Moderate carbonation level leaving a refreshing prickly mouthfeel. Very well balanced and enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hfmejias (818) - Dover, Delaware, USA - DEC 12, 2014
Big bad 32 Fl. Oz. Bottle. Poured clear, orange, nice big white head and lots of lacing. Aroma of malts, citrus fruit, resin (certainly hoppy) and also some floral notes. Taste is a very well balanced combination of hops and malts, some bread; just a solid beer. Quite drinkable and very enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sparf (137) - Östersund, SWEDEN - DEC 11, 2014
Rättfram talldoft med dragning åt råttpiss och grape, men ändå inte helt fräscht utan snarare med en fadd efterklang. Touch av kola. Mycket vacker ljus bärnsten med dragning åt orange. Klar. Stadigt och tätt skum med hyfsade gardiner. Humledominerad smak med bröd, grapefrukt och mango som tongivande karaktär. Finns också lite kolatoner med. Eftersmaken är även den humlekaraktärisktisk men utan någon större beska. Däremot kryper det fram lite kärva bärtoner efter ett tag. Intressant. Välavvägd kolsyra och en bra balans mellan sötma och beska om än inte helt ihopgifta. Fyllig.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Melker (220) - Varberg, SWEDEN - DEC 9, 2014
Aroma of citrus, caramel, pine, grass and hay. Taste is very sweet and bitter. Not very complex but it’s a decent beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RickTheRick (467) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 7, 2014
Je qualifie cette bière de "vin de céréales" tellement son cocktail de grains est imposant, autant en bouche qu’au niveau olfactif. Des houblons floraux et légèrement fruités se joignent à la fête pour créer un liquide costaud, mais toutefois facile à boire. Une superbe robe dorée, assez limpide, est surmontée d’un col de mousse moyen, mais persistant. C’est rond, c’est sucré, c’est épicé, c’est fruité mais une chose est sûre : ça ne suck pas du tout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SlimHabib (233) - California, USA - DEC 7, 2014
Bottle pour. Cloudy golden with decent white head. Hoppy aroma with citrus and grass. Full body. Grass, pine, and cereal taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pilsnerrogge (2536) - Finspång, SWEDEN - DEC 6, 2014
Bottled (as Lagunitas Holiday Ale):
Amber colour. Thick, lacing head.
Aroma is hops, pine, resin and wood.
Taste is mor hops, pne, resin and wood. Long bitterness.
Well balanced and tasty!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
FatPhil (9616) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 6, 2014
355ml bottle (Stones, Helsinki)
Peach, lychee, and alas carbonic acid aroma, sweet, supersweet even, sticky sugariness, meringue. Just way too freaking sweet. Caramel. Palate way too fizzy. After swirling the fizz out a bit, it’s way too watery. Simple sweet grains, nothing particularly exciting. Way too much carbonic acid. Decentish, but meh.

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