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And so the Three Wise Men set out from the East bearing gifts of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh. Along the Way, they followed a bright light. The Bible neglects to mention if they brought beer or not. Who goes crossing the desert without beer? How smart are we to believe these wise men were? Since Christmas is the season of gift giving more than receiving, please be a giver and share the Wisdom found in each and every bottle of our Gift of the Magi.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ronbo39 (8) - Michigan, USA - DEC 25, 2012
Aroma was distinct, fruity and citrusy, with a banana-like taste. Not hoppy or yeasty. It’s appearance was light and pale, clear, minimal head. Taste was lightly sour, not bitter. Light body, with thin texture, lightly carbonated and finished with a unique fruit taste. Very different. Overall a very good beer to sip on.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Iphonephan (2681) - McLean, Virginia, USA - APR 17, 2014
On draft at the brewery. Pours a cloudy brown with a tan head. Light raisin nose. Flavors of caramel. Bitter finish with a bit of tartness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (9491) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - APR 15, 2014
Draught at the brewpub in San Marcos. Somewhat hazy deep golden beer with a nice lasting beige head. Malty fruity aroma, spicy, caramel, herbal, some floral notes. Hoppy herbal flavor, sweetish, grassy, some peach.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
conway (1128) - - APR 12, 2014
Bottle. Dark hazy copper with a thick off white head. Aroma is metallic with caramel, plum and raisin. Taste follows suit and adds some toffee and light vanilla notes. Medium alcohol presence. Sticky mouthfeel and light carb. Solid.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
BiddleBrau (876) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2014
750 ml bottle from Whole Foods. Darker amber with off-white head. Nose of caramel malt. Alcohol up front with sweetness and hop bitterness following. Alcohol also is apparent in the nose and finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
edgallow (1655) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 9, 2014
750 ml bottle pours amber with a white head. Aroma of malts, fruit, spice and toffee. Taste is malt, floral, fruit and dough.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
rumproasts (2586) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 4, 2014
bottle. Amber with one finger head. The description sounded awesome, but holy hell this is a harsh mess of flavors. Sweet, spicey, boozy, fruity and hoppy. Hugely disappointing. Brett doesn’t seem to have developed much, and between the hops, spices, the medicinal flavor, and the booziness, it’s a struggle to make my way through this. Definitely not getting easier as it warms, either.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gallaghermurph (35) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 3, 2014
Cloudy burnt orange color. Pours cloudy, burnt orange with a robust dark eggshell head. Nose is immediately malty and as the head slowly dissipates leaving no lacing, dried apricots emerge. A mix of light fruit and darker fruit are existent yet shrouded in the fog of malt. Yeasty undertones are detectable yet not prevalent. Mouth feel is viscous and chewy yet is cut by a relatively forceful carbonation. Initial hops not necessarily apparent on the nose hit the palate hard. The dried fruits apparent in the scent follow through behind the initial onslaught of hops. The maltiness of the nose does not necessarily carry through to the mouth. After taste is surprisingly light. A sticky hop onslaught.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Erasmus_ro (1188) - Alabama, USA - MAR 2, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2014 750ml bottle. Pours a dark ruby red with a good-sized, beige head. Aroma is fairly sour, somewhat yeasty and caramelly, some stingy ethanol, dried fruit, spicy. Taste is caramelly, lots of caramel, some earthiness, lightly sour in the beginning. Caramel and ethanol dominate, Some spiciness as well as berries. Some oak and liquor-like characteristics: Oak-aged whisky or brandy. Strong, powerful, good carbonation. A bit of an odd one, not very pleasant really.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jamedra (384) - Hostivice, CZECH REPUBLIC - FEB 24, 2014
Láhev 750 ml. Aroma je výrazné, kvasnicové s podtóny karamelu a alkoholu. Pěna je světle hnědá, jemná, mohutná a držící. Barva samotného piva je vínová a silně kalná. Chuť má příjemný karamelový charakter s výrazným kvasnicovým nádechem, finiš je středně hořký a držící, celková chuť je prostoupena jemně palčivým alkoholem. Celkově se jedná o velmi originální pivo, jak svým zpracováním tak velmi výraznou chutí a aroma.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2203) - Michigan, USA - FEB 20, 2014
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2013 vintage. Pours very hazy deep ruby red color with a 2-3 finger fairly dense and rocky light khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty foamy lacing clings around the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big plum, pear, peach, apricot, apple, caramel, brown sugar, toast, clove, pepper, herbal, floral, grass, light mustiness, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and fruity/spicy yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, apricot, pear, apple, caramel, brown sugar, clove, pepper, toast, herbal, floral, grass, light mustiness, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of raisin, plum, apricot, pear, apple, caramel, brown sugar, toast, clove, pepper, herbal, light mustiness, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. High carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly slick, crisp, and moderately prickly mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent biere de garde style! All around great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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