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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.91/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 303   ABV: 10.1%
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Christkindl winter warmer aged in bourbon barrels for three months.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rondphoto (1832) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - APR 26, 2014
on tap @ Party Town / Florence KY --- clear very dark ruby brown, good tan head cover, lace sheeting. Aroma is good roasted malt with a hint of bourbon. Taste begins with creamy roasted malt, adding dried fruit and oak before turning to an alcohol laden bourbon finish. This is a potent brew, but well conceived, not overdone. Best for me in small doses.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Patrickctenchi (3478) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - APR 15, 2014
Draft: Clear, deep red-brown with a small off-white head. Caramel, boozy aroma. Dark fruit, caramel and alcohol aroma. Heavy alcohol presence, but balanced to be nice and warming. Nicely done....a good winter sipper.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JaBier (4834) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2014
On tap at World of Beer on 4/8/14. Clear brown in color with a medium beige head. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, malt and slight spice. Malty and boozy flavor with caramel character before a spicy and boozy finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shrubber85 (7387) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - MAR 30, 2014
Draft. Vinous barley malt and alcohol aroma. Chestnut with small head. Woody sweet wine/cherry malt and light alcohol flavor. Very tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (6291) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 20, 2014
Draft snifter at The Brass Tap - U Square. Whew. Last beer of the night and it got me through an exhausting overtime. Anyway, it pours a deep brown color with a moderate beige head that leaves some spots in the glass. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, oak, molasses, marshmallow, chocolate, and mellow winter spices. Flavor of bourbon, molasses, oak, spices, dark fruits, earth, and toasted brown sugar. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a smooth, sweet, barely spiced mouthfeel. Nice barrel treatment.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brigadier (2900) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - MAR 20, 2014
On tap at Winter Warmer Fest 2014
The final sample of the afternoon was a winner from Cincinnati. I’ve liked Moerlein ever since running across their Over the Rhine ale a few years ago. Barrel aging a solid winter seasonal like Christkindl could not have gone much better.

Aroma / Appearance - A deep caramel liquid is rich and mysterious as if somebody sucked the filling out of a case of Twix bars. Vanilla, whipped cream, malt, and the soothing notes of well executed barrel aging result in a robust heady nose.

Flavor / Palate - Caramel, malt, and vanilla emerge on the tongue. Sticking like glue they manage to retain a laid back profile despite the full bodied mouthfeel. Some nuances were lost in the process. Overall though this is a fantastic release that makes me look forward to one day making it to their tasting room in downtown Cincinnati.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (10470) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 18, 2014
Draft. Poured cloudy brown color with an average frothy tan fizzy head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Heavy aroma of complex spice sweet bourbon. Medium to full body with smooth texture and flat carbonation . Heavy complex spice sweet bourbon flavor with a medium to heavy sweet bourbon finish of moderate to long duration. My expectations were exceeded with a complex standout brew.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
b3shine (5210) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 18, 2014
Draft to taster. Looks good for the style; a cloudy orangish brown with off-white lacing that has a touch of brown to it. Smells sweet and malty with notes of caramel, toffee, oak, vanilla, bourbon. Tastes maybe a touch of dark fruit too. Tastes like it smells with a pleasantly light mouthfeel. Good stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrSilverworm (6033) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2014
About a ~3oz sample on tap at the Lager House. Name on the menu is labeled " 10/161 ", apparently a reference to 161 years of operation and 10 years under the current owner. Mostly hazy red brown color. Khaki head... Leaves nice, thick, nitro-like lace. Awesome, smooth, creamy lighter carbonation. Bigger body, awesome full creamy mouthfeel. Great vanilla, caramel, butter scotch aromas. Hints of dark fruit. Very nice, balanced amount of bourbon influence. Light to moderate sweet taste, moderate bitter. Just a dry light, pleasant warmth that works well with the aroma. Very impressive, tasty stuff. Everything is well-balanced and well-integrated. Exceeded expectations. Big and complex, yet still smooth and drinkable -- a sharp contrast from the somewhat harsh Anderson Valley Huge Arker I just had prior to this (down the street at Yard House). I couldn’t tell at the time that the base beer was a winter warmer, and I didn’t care... Whatever this beer is made of, its works.


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