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RATINGS: 1472   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
FatPhil (11836) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (11810) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 3, 2013
Bottle. Pours orange gold with white head. Nose and taste of peach, grapefruit, perfume, caramel malt and light resin. Hops are a bit too perfumy for my liking. Finishes dryish resin and malt with some tropical fruit. Medium body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (11784) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2013
Bottle poured a clear tarnished gold with a lasting ivory head. Aromas of straw, skunk bud, pink grapefruit, pine and tangerine. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of strawe, pine resin, grapefruit and light tangerine with a smooth dry moderatly bitter lingering pine finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcwattsrugger (11670) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 10, 2011
12oz bottle–pours a thin white head with yellow color. Aroma is tropical fruit-pineapple/lemon zest/pine, spice, some light malt. Taste is biting pine/citrus hop, then some spice/pepper, light malt, alcohol. Initially a slick mouthfeel, the drying.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (11589) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 27, 2014
A hazed golden amber ale with a thin light mocha head. In aroma, nice fruity biscuit malt with resinous floral hops, pungent notes, light sulfur, nice. In mouth, a nice fruity caramel malt with floral hops, grapefruit pulp, fruity esters, orange pulp, alcohol warmth, very nice. As Holiday Ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (11172) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - DEC 20, 2011
Bottle from Whole Foods Market Charlottesville. Pours a clear amber color with a medium sized frothy white head. Fair head retention. Aroma of fruity hops with floral, citrus and tropical notes. The taste is bitter hops, berries, tropical notes, toasted grain and a resin finish. Medium bodied. Nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (11063) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 6, 2013
Bottle. Pours clear dark orange, near copper with a medium, frothy and bubbly white head, short retention with good lacing. Aroma is citrus, earthy, herbal, and resin hops, sweaty gym sock notes, apricot and pear esters with light cracker malt. Flavor is moderate hops and bitterness, light supporting malt, medium fruity esters and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 25, 2012

Date: November 25, 2011
Mode: Draft
Source: Taco Mac, Woodstock
Appearance: clear gold, frothy off white head
Aroma: sweet crystal and pine aroma, light peppery spicyness
Flavor: sweet pine flavor enhanced by the crystal malt, touch of spicyness
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: *** /4

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (10578) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 22, 2011
12 oz. bottle, pours a hazy golden with a small white head. Aroma of both citrus hops and caramel malts - both quite prominent, similar to Brown Shugga, but not as robust and barley wine-like. Flavour is more hop-heavy than anything, beginning with an astringent bitterness and then making the caramel malts more pronounced (unusual transition - it’s usually the other way around), finishing with a semi-sweet and bitter hoppy note. Very solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (10350) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 16, 2011
On tap at OHSO in Phoenix. Clear gold pour. White head. Up front hops, citrus, caramel aroma. Flavor has a nice citrus-bitter bite, some caramel and orange notes.

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