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RATINGS: 1354   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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A dark brown, fruity, lightly hoppy, sparkling, strong beer and is not pasteurized.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gururyan (665) - Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 25, 2014
Poured from bottles, barely any head, not lively at all, dark amber brown, yeasty aroma...subtle hint of fruit. Very smooth, 10% well hidden. This is definitely making my Christmastime beer list. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - DEC 16, 2006
Bottle. Dried fruit aroma with light spiciness. Dark brownish black color. Flavor was well balanced with slight yeasty sourness that was enjoyable. Very good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - AUG 5, 2006
2004. Pours a clear garnet color producing a huge, fluffy, pillowy beige head which maintains itself nicely throughout the glass. Thick lacing adheres to the sides of the chalice. Aroma is sweet, fruity and complex with notes of brown sugar, malt, black cherry, raisin, orange peel and various spices. Delivers a fantastic mouthfeel with lots of lively carbonation combined with a pleasant creamy smoothness due to the hefty body. Flavors also very complex. Starts out with sweet notes of brown sugar, caramel, ripe fruits (cherries, apples, oranges) and then slides into a mildly bitter peppery spiciness (coriander and thyme are definitely perceived) with a dash of warming alcohol in the finish. Would be a great beer for the fireside in the winter. A good excuse to go buy and cellar some more!!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MattH (660) - California, USA - NOV 18, 2011
Tap. Pours a dark maroon. Aroma is of plum, sweet malts, and grapes. Taste is sweet malts and dried dark fruits. Heavy body and lower carbonation. A sipper.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yemenmocha (659) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - JAN 13, 2010
Dark brown with touch of amber at the edges of the class. A little hazy. Nose resembles tea, herbs, and mild spices. On the palate the maltiness is notable, as is the thyme and an overall sweetness with some citrus. Again, a tea flavor is present, maybe an herbal tea. Finishe leaves a taste like a dry wood stick in your mouth, but not in a bad way necessarily.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - APR 9, 2007
UPDATED: APR 10, 2007 2006; 750 bottle. Dark & spicy. Murky brown. Complex w/ layers. Alcohol is hidden yet tongue numbing. An awesome beer, & a must try, again.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 31, 2004
2003 vintage
The Elf strikes again. This little elf brought many presents froma nother continent. He brought some raisins and some caramel. The elf should have borught the antacids, as the acidity will tear a hole in my gut. Very warm. Nice spice kick, which is likely the thyme sitting on top of this loaf of bread. A N’Ice New Year’s Eve beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
chandler0201 (650) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 19, 2009
Reddish brown pour with small head. Malts and yeasty aroma with alcohol and coffee/caramel hints. Flavor of malts and fruity notes with strong alcohol finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
french tickler (649) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 14, 2007
Dark brown poor with a reddish hue. Nice frothy thick beige head. Aromas of sweet caramel, typical chouffe yeast, curacao and very herbal scents. Very "natural" beer. Very herbal bitterness... far from aggressive, very mellow. Very balanced mouthfeel, creamy, just enough sweetness to top it all off. Alcohol is present. Nice caramel like aftertaste with a dry finish. Very unique and natural, i love it!

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joeyplush (648) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2011
On tap at quotations in media, pa. Part of the twelve beers of Christmas selection here. If you live in the philly area this is a must see event!! Color is root beer brown with a tan slightly creamy head. Taste has lots of licorice and malt. Have to admit mine was a little too warm for my liking and had a bit of a metallic taste - might have been a timing/ keg swap issue.


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