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RATINGS: 1299   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 63   EST. CALORIES: 235   ABV: 7.85%
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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 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 (218) - 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 (461) - 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 (232) - 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 (2535) - 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 (9596) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
tonypreto (123) - Akron, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2014
1 quart bottle poured into glass. Decent aroma and head, not really doing much of a flavor that was noteable. Prolly would pass up.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
esox (1111) - Oulu, FINLAND - DEC 5, 2014
Bottled. Light amber color, thin lacy head. Strong hoppy nose: cat pee, lots of flowers, apricots, orange, green grapes, water melon. Slightly caramelly malty, sweetis/sugary flavor. Pale dried fruits. Caramel malty finish, medium strong bitterness. Medium to full body, somewhat sugary texture. Nice hoppy aroma but too sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
nothingbutIPAs (21) - Hillsborough, USA - DEC 4, 2014
Out of a 32oz bottle. all I have to say is WOW! was not expecting that! quite a potent beer, loved it! was expecting a much milder brew, but this one is strong on the palate which I love. very hoppy. would definitely recommend!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chribban (205) - SWEDEN - DEC 2, 2014
Pours clear amber with a one finger high, white head. Lacing stays on the glass.

Nose: Orange, vanilla, sweet malt, pine, pineapple, apple, tropical fruit, resin and a litte bit of grass.
Taste: Citrus, melon, orange, pineapple, a LOT of hops! Butter, herbs, marmelade and caramel malt.
Body: Medium body and carbonation. Full taste with a great, balanced bitternes.

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