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RATINGS: 502   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Special Holiday Ale brewed with spices. Chesnuts, Juniper Berry, White Sage, and Caraway Seed.


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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jabersquawk (7) - Portland, Maine, USA - JAN 3, 2013
Dark, garnet color. Dark cherry nose. Chocolate forward notes, woody after taste. Wife notes Frankfurter taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
DrSilverworm (6406) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 30, 2014
12oz bottle, purchased from Woodstock Wine & Cheese in Michigan for $5. Probably 5 years old, but Ive never had this particular Stone before, and probably wont ever have a chance. No date found on the bottle. Dark vinous fruity wet papery flavor. Tastes clearly oxidized to me (my friends [who are casually into beer] dont recognize that though). Dark fruit and wet recycled paper dominates the flavor, and then some spices and sage. Maybe some juniper, but its mostly just a general dark fruit flavor. Dark red brown color. Thin off-white head, leaves some loose lace. Bigger body. Kind of slick. Lighter carbonation. Drying finish. Moderate sweet taste. Kind of tangy and spicy. Very light bitterness. Went for this because Im a ticker and its my last opportunity to try it. But it tastes just like a dark fruity oxidized mess, with a touch of minty piney spice.. Not worth it for the beer alone, and it makes me question my ticking habit, really.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nuffield (3671) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Not the winner in a head to head with a variety of beers. From the second release of this beer. I could really pick out the juniper, with a little pine there, and the spices are there, too, but it is somewhat muted. Im not sure if thats due to aging...will spices perform similar to hops when aged? Bottle.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DedicatedToFun (2547) - Santa Monica, California, USA - JAN 29, 2014
Awesome holiday ale, on tap at Stout burgers and beers in santa monica, nice brew

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Iphonephan (3269) - McLean, Virginia, USA - JAN 13, 2014
From a 12 oz bottle courtesy of Andrew. Vintage 2008. Pours an opaque dark brown with a tan head. Hoppy nose (despite the age). Flavors of chocolate, spices and some dark cherry. Mellowed by age. Very tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Holmen1 (2473) - Stavanger, NORWAY - DEC 28, 2013
En l jeg husker godt, selv om det var fr jeg fikk RB-syndromet. Mektig, krydret aroma og smak som fylte hele ganen og vel s det. Husker at jeg brukte mesteparten av kvelden p kune denne ene flasken.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
baraciisch (1889) - USA - DEC 13, 2013
Mahogany red in color... Aroma of cough syrup... Mouthfeel is thick and resiny, notes of nuts, caramel toffee malts, cinnamon and spices on the palate... Thin on the end, but solid overall ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kingstoni (1512) - FINLAND - OCT 18, 2013
Tap. Brown color with a minimal head. Aroma of coffee and dried fruits. Sweet, sugary taste with some bitterness. Sticky feel.

-- via beerbasher/winphone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LearninBeer (376) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - OCT 10, 2013
The aroma is malty, caramel, a little roastiness. Pours dark brown with light brown creamy head, mostly diminishing. The taste is sweet, then a little bitter. The body is medium to full, the texture creamy, the carbonation average and finish smooth. Overall a very good beer!

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ruddles (28) - - JUN 3, 2013
Simply amazing... Full of vanilla, juniper berry, and also little chocolate in aroma. One of the best holiday ales Ive ever had.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lilja (1637) - Malm, SWEDEN - APR 12, 2013
Smak och doft av enbr, mjd, tr. St med en tydlig enbrs- och tallbarrsbeska.


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