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RATINGS: 153   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mora2000 (5931) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUN 1, 2014
Dark brown pour with a tan head. The aroma and flavor have a lot of caramel and toffee notes. I also get some big chocolate in the flavor. As the beer warms I start to get some oak character. Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerman6686 (5321) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 30, 2014
This one poured a murky brown color with a beige head. Aroma was of lgiht funk, chocolate, caramel and oak. Falvor was similar, like a semi soured barleywine of sorts. Interesting.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tdoyledesign (179) - Michigan, USA - MAY 9, 2014
Pours a nice reddish hue with a thin white head. Whoa! The aroma is tart and fruity. Taste is tart up front, fruit and spice in the middle, with a crisp tart finish. Palate tends to stay on the spice and fruit up front with a ton of tartness throughout.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (4508) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 6, 2014
Bottle purchased in February @ 7-11 Kittery, ME. Deep, dark brown with very little retention. Aroma is sweet and boozy with a huge oak barrel influence. Old plums and an odd sour hint.

Flavor is rum soaked raisins, spice, chocolate malt base with a big oak finish. Notes of tobacco and a light tart fruit. Medium body with a light to moderate level of carbonation with a syrupy sweet texture over the tongue. The booze is a bit over the top and sure this would mellow with some age. I’m sure this would have benefited to let this sit in the cellar a bit longer but I needed a beer and I just had a massive cellar clean out. Cheers Santa!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bacterial (2194) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAY 3, 2014
Hazy light brown, with a nice tan head. Spices and slight tart nose. Nice taste to this, surprised by the sourness. Not overwhelmed by any aspect of sour, spice and malt - and they all work together.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DalzAle (2010) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - MAY 3, 2014
Bottle shared by Bacterial! Medium brown pour, light carbonation and an aroma of woody mild woody grapes. Flavor is slightly soured apple, hints of hazelnuts, nice noticeable alcohol and a dry woody aftertaste. Tasty.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Concealer (943) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 29, 2014
Bottle. Hazy brown with a big foamy brown head. Aromas of sour apple, cherry, toasted malt, light funk, oak, earhty must. Flavor is toasted malt, raisins, caramel, tart fruit, sour apple, oak, vanilla, and some funk. Medium bodied, slightly dry finish with lingering sour apple.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Peacehammer (624) - California, USA - APR 27, 2014
2013 release. Opened 12/27/13. Pours murky, ruby brown. Lots of lacing after minimal head. Big oak barrel on the nose, with some dark fruit (fig, raisin etc). A lot more malt and oak notes to balance the big dark fruit than I expected. Some booziness and a medium thick mouthfeel.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TXBadger (1918) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 25, 2014
Lots of dark fruit on the aroma, hints of oak sneak in. On the palate there is dark fruit, some Christmas time spices like nutmeg and ginger, with and oak finish. Alcohol is hidden well.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (12711) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2014
Bottle split at Bruce’s pad, thanks to Leighton, 08/04/14. Murky chestnut brown with moderate beige spotting. Nose is dark fruit rinds, Xmas cake, light marzipan, spice, toffee. Taste comprises bitter fruit peel, tarte fruit, candied sugars, toffee, spice. Medium bodied, fine carbonationa, light dryness in the close. Solid old ale.


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