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RATINGS: 114   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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A compelling argument for a bigger stocking! It’s the last of Penn Brewery’s Small Batch Brews for 2007. Packaged in a twenty-five ounce bottle with a decorative foil neck and festive velvet embroidered bag, it’s one more present to look forward to this time of year.
At this joyous time of year, do not settle for ordinary beer. You’ve been good. Get what you deserve. Don’t settle for less than the Brewer’s Reserve. 18.5°

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
whaleale (14) - Athens, Tennessee, USA - SEP 29, 2009
Awesome. Not one negative comment. My favorite from Penn. I hope this gem stays year round.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerman6686 (4947) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2014
This poured a lighter brown with a beige head, aroma of caramel toffee and dark fruits. Flavor similar, light grassy, nothing offensive but lacking complexity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bth122 (1315) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 8, 2014
Draft at Penn Brewery. Aroma of caramel, toffee, cocoa, and slight cherry, butterscotch. Medium light sweetness. Alcohol is somewhat hidden. Medium to heavy body. Complex. Rich. Very nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kramer (5241) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2014
Bottle. Pours a clear dark brown body under a small fizzy beige head that faded to a thin covering. The nose is strongly malty with a heavy caramel and munich malt sweetness. Just a light hint at the 8% alcohol this is packing. The flavor is rather well lagered and smooth with a heavy sweet maltiness. A little bit of an alcoholic kick on the back end. This is surprisingly good actually, plenty of body and not too overly sweet. A nice light, almost roasty note throughout. Full bodied and slightly clingy with soft fizzy carbonation. Pretty nice surprise with this one, these guys do create some nice lagers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrewFace (936) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - FEB 7, 2014
Bottle share thanks to beechner224. Pours a brownish color with light tan head. Sweet malty aroma with light notes of dark fruit. Very sweet and malty flavor as well, mild fruity notesZ. Some bitterness in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
beechner224 (814) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - FEB 7, 2014
Bottle. Pours a deep amber red, almost brown. Aroma is strong malt sweetness, no hop presence. Taste is smooth, light, not overpowering. Really drinkable. Not a bad beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
can8ianben (1377) - Souderton, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2014
Really dark deep aggressive malt backbone. Syrupy sweetness and some faint banana/clove funk. Really drinkable for a 9% beverage.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
boxofrane (2315) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2013
Bottle from Wegmans. Pours dark brown with red around the edges, some light coming through. The aroma has big caramel, toffee, some chocolate, very malty. The taste has a caramel blast that is simple and a bit cloying. OK

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (13358) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 19, 2013
Tap @The Pony Bar (1st Ave), ABV 9.0%
Dark ruby color, good creamy beige-brown head. Caramelly, malty aroma. Medium-bodied. Caramelly, bockish, sweet lagerish flavor. Bready with low bitterness. Solid, brewed nicely in German style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ajnepple (2901) - Conifer, Colorado, USA - OCT 13, 2013
Sampled at GABF 2013. Brown with a beige head. Strong and malty with caramel, bread and light roast. Medium body with a sweet finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jkwood04 (4355) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 23, 2013
22oz bottle in a stem glass. Pours dark brown with a lacy, beige head. Aroma of caramel and toffee/nutty malts, light notes of chocolate, and a little bitterness. Flavor the same. Average texture. Decent but nothing really stands out.

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