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RATINGS: 1503   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91/5   IBU: 63   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
AKA Holiday Ale
AKA Holiday Leftover Ale
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gorgosh (390) - - NOV 13, 2015
Äntligen julöl!!! Ehm...eh, förlåt, jag menar: "Åh vad härligt för barnen med denna glädjens högtid". Och apropå glädje: Tack snälla tomten för att Lagunitas och 7,7% jävulskt välproducerad alkohol finns.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
grubypawel (310) - - NOV 13, 2015
Pours clear dark golden with some white head. A tropical aroma that turns into deep resin with the toffee flavours from the malts. The rye is strongly present in the taste. I wonder how they made this so full-bodied and light given all the malts involved and the complex taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sigmund (6111) - Tau, NORWAY - NOV 10, 2015
355 ml bottle, at a breakfast joint in Petaluma. Deep golden to orange colour, large off-white head. Aroma and flavour of citrus, pine, caramel and sweet malts. Maybe a bit too far out on the sweet side for me, but still a fairly nice beer. Some alcohol in the finish. Anyway, I wouldn’t say that it sucks.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TaktikMTL (6728) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 4, 2015
Bouteille de 12 oz achetée chez Elmore Store (Elmore, VT) au coût de 3.00$. Arôme: Odeur de caramel avec une pointe florale. Apparence: La couleur est orangée. Présence d’un moyen col mousseux et d’une large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût d’agrumes et de caramel avec une pointe d’alcool. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement fruité. (Rating #6510)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Turtles (1191) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 3, 2015
355ml bottle from Systembolaget (as Holiday Ale 7.7%, vintage 2015). Almost clear golden, medium size, white head, good lacing. Hoppy sweet citrus aroma, tangerines, sweet orange, pineapple and ripe kiwi fruit. Sweet silky mouthfeel, full bodied, gentle carbonated. Sweet and fruity taste, tropical sweet fruits, orange marmalade with a pleasant bitterness from citrus peel in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
altonbrownd (4813) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - NOV 1, 2015
Bottle at Villain & Saint. Nice copper body with slight head. Nose floral, caramel, malts, yeasty. Tastes quite malty, bitter, with hops and fruits in there as well. Really nicely done beer with so many different flavours. Great!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Montro (3) - Florida, USA - OCT 31, 2015 does not count
Such a good tasting Double IPA. I do not like how its appearance though, kind of a light color for an Imperial IPA. The taste doesn't say that at all. Drinks along the lines of a lighter Hopslam if I had to compare. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cobaink2 (275) - seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 29, 2015
Loads of hops in this one. The one thing different about this and most other beers in its style it the alcohol is very present on the back end. A fruity floral bouquet is also nice. Well rounded.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
X (172) - California, USA - OCT 25, 2015
Bottled. Very nice little concoction. Aroma of pine and toffee. Taste is similar to the nose. Very piney--almost like an IPA. Palate is medium. Finishes long and dry. Paired well with some home grilled carne asada.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerFanDan17 (1043) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - OCT 24, 2015
A very unique brew. Lots of buttery toast, butterscotch, and caramel. Very slightly bitter with a nice balance. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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