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RATINGS: 155   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
The Beer that Saved Christmas is an old ale aged in oak barrels with a mixture of wild bacteria. Notes of chocolate, cherry, vanilla and carmel can be found in this holiday beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (10800) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 23, 2013
Brown pour, light brownish head. Flavors of dark fruit, some vanilla, tobacco, leather, woddy notes, some alcohol warmth, toffee. Good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Steve_0 (3742) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 23, 2013
Bottle at Greg’s with friends. Pour is murky brown with a small tan head and good lacing. Cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel, toffee, cocoa, dark fruity, pie crust, and espresso in the aroma. Taste is tangy, dark fruity, bready, caramel, raisins, prunes, grapes, and spice with a lightly tart finish. Medium body with soft carbonation. Decent Christmas Barleywine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (7960) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 23, 2013
50cl bottle pours with a murky dark amber body that supports a tan head. The aroma offers up red apples, prunes, winter spices and then raisins. The taste has some sweet malts, ripe apricot and red apple and then winter spices coming to the surface toward midway. Pretty enjoyable mix of notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Damico (3119) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2013
Pours darker roasted chestnut with a beige head. Aroma brings winter spice and some sweet malts. Flavor is more sweet malts with a very subtle tang at the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (13612) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 22, 2013
Bottle from Capitol Beer in Sacramento, CA. Pours brown, but arguably ruddy, with a creamy/fizzy tan head. Aroma is mildly woody, somewhat fruity, and a little leathery. Hint of chocolate? Arguably full bodied. It’s a little sweet, seems to have chocolate, arguably berry fruit. Tobacco or leather sort of thing. Mild woody astringency. !10% WTF! This stuff drinks like - well way, way too easy. Complex ale with lots of flavor suggestives. Finishing sort of woody/fruity bitter with some hints of sweet things. Amazing ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bule (1680) - California, USA - DEC 22, 2013
On tap at Taps in Petaluma. Pours a dark reddy brown color without much head. Strong raspberry aroma. Raspberry flavors dominate. Nice balance against a mild sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GT2 (9411) - Oceanside, California, USA - DEC 20, 2013
Tap at Beachwood long beach thanks to ChinoSkillzian! Clear deep ruby pour with bubbles, no head formation. Nose is pretty rich caramel, toffee, dark cherry, sweet cherry juice box, vanilla bourbon barrel. Taste is very thin though with lemon juice and near stomach acid harshness. Tannic, long woody finish. Over oaked and over attenuated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
baraciisch (2728) - California, USA - DEC 20, 2013
Dark reddish brown in color... Aroma of raisins, dark fruits, berries, nutty malts, oak....flavor is the same, very nutty and lots of berries up front... Oak, roasty finish... Solid ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Strykzone (6217) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2013
A smaller tulip at Cugino’s. This beer arrived deep dark brown. No head. Complex fruit in the aroma. Complex as in all over the place. Raisins, cherry, etc. The flavor had fruit that was just as complex. Wood flavors but not vanilla. Chocolate. This was, at times, like drinking a fruit cake. Quite flavorful but it also managed to be subtle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
swanmann (718) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 19, 2013
Nutty brown out of the bottle, with about an inch of creamy tan head. Aromas of booze, resin, plum, cherry, brown sugar... The taste is lightly tart, cherries, toffee, toasty breadcrust... a touch of boozy numbing warmth. I think the carbonation is bright, not harsh, medium/ bold body. The finish fruity and toasty, lingering just a bit. The booze is well hidden and the flavors are very balanced. I can easily imagine this brew saving my Christmas, at least as far as the get-togethers.

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