Serve in Snifter, Tulip


on tap

Broad Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 1575   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (14999) - , 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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (14689) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Benzai (14294) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - OCT 15, 2016
Sampled at Tap Zuid, Amsterdam. Clear golden color, average sized white head. Aroma and flavor is malts, hops, resin, pine, bitter. Medium to full body and medium carbonation. Lovely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (14178) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 7, 2012
Bottle. Pours amber gold with very little head. Aroma is resin, perhaps with a hint of orange. Near full bodied, thinning as the carb leaves. Flavor is resin over rye? It’s not excessively sweet, and seems pretty astringent. Lots of hop in here fer sure. Certainly not a spice/veg/herb xmas ale!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
FatPhil (14174) - 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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (13622) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 1, 2013
Draft. Poured a clear golden color with an average frothy white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate spruce and citrus hop aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration. My expectations where met.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (13438) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (13318) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 3, 2013
Draft. Medium-off-white head that leaves nice lacing atop clear light amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, grapefruit, some catty, orange. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit/orange, some catty/pine, light bread. Medium body, some acidity, light resin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HenrikSoegaard (13286) - Randers, DENMARK - AUG 19, 2016
Bottle. Creamy white good mostly lasting head. Yellow colour. Moderate malty and heavy hoppy wonderfull aroma. Heavy bitter fantastic flavor. Creamy palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lubiere (12970) - 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.

We Want To Hear From You

Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »

Page  1 2  3  4 5 6 » 158

Tick this beer for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Copyright © 2000-2016,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
about us
About RateBeer
New Beers
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50