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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TXBadger (2530) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (16879) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2014
Bottle split at Bruceís 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (22102) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 11, 2014
8th April 2014
Tasting at Bruceís Pad. Thanks to Leighton. Very hazy dark brown beer, small pale cream coloured head. Palate is light and airy with light fine carbonation. Light thin malt cream. Tangy dried fruits and fruity bourbon. Touch of dark chocolate, well buried. Light finish with a bitter wood linger.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (18526) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2014
Bottle shared in London - picked up somewhere in the US. Pours deep brown with a frothy, off-white head. The nose has a lot of ripe fruits, some brown bread, dryish toffee, a bit of orange peel. Medium sweet flavor with further toasty bread, some ripening fruits, mild dates, slight toffee. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Lightly warming on the finish with more dates, berries, moderate toffee, dried bread. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (12507) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2016 Bottle at Bruceís, thanks to Leighton. Deep brown with a thick beige head. The nose is earthy, wood, vanilla, toasty coconut, dark fruit, must and leather. The taste is wood, earthy, toast, dirt, lemony sherbet, candied peel, earth, must, pear, apple and dull tartness with a dry finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty alright.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - MAR 31, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2014 Bottle: Thanks, Jason! Gusher!! Just a light crack of the cap & this beer was everywhere. First gushing "old ale" Iíve ever seen. Huge, volatile head, thick beige foam; the beer is murky, swampy looking brown. Aroma has some tart & sweet red grapes, raisins, caramel, oak, a touch of maple, & a nebulous sour twinge. Kind of strange for an old ale... Messy & all over the place. Unfortunately the flavor is the same way... Tart, wine-like grape & raisin notes, prunes, cola, mild anise, burnt caramel, & a very astringent tannic finish with an oak-y overload. Certainly overcarbonated for an old ale... Prickly carbonation. The first complete disappointment Iíve had from Prairie... It just doesnít mesh well at all. Itís actually kind of terrible.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (8539) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 29, 2014
Bottle. Dark mahogony beer with a light tan head. oak and vanilla aroma with caramel and light chocolate. Caramel and oak flavor with light chocolate, light fruitiness, and light tartness. Medium bodied. Tartness and light chocolate lingers with oak, light vanilla, caramel, and light fruitiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Pailhead (6404) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAR 29, 2014
Courtesy of umich03jm

Bottle: The aroma consists of chocolate, toffee, caramel, oak, vanilla, and spice. It pours a dark brown with some orange highlights and a one finger beige head. The flavor starts with a a quick dose of chocolate, toffee, and caramel. The finish has roasted nuts, some sour fruit, and oak. Itís medium bodied with lively carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hopswagger (199) - South Carolina, USA - MAR 15, 2014
P: Pours a murky brown swamp body with a khaki airy head. A small amount if milky off white bubbles congregate around the edge if the glass. S: Rich aroma of Borbon soaked oak, chocolate, brown sugar, plums, sugared prunes, tart grape presence, star anise, pencil shavings and plant bulbs. T/M: Chocolate and timid booze arrives on the first sip. Dark fruits, licorice, ground cumin, burnt toffee and the faint grape tartness shows up as well. Iím picking up some strange flavors that bring hoisin sauce to mind. Molasses drizzled scorched grains linger in the background after the swallow. Medium body with subtle carbonation and finishes semi dry. O: Iím not really feeling this Prairie Ale. Iím a huge fan of the brewery but this one seems like a mess. It gave some off flavors. While it was complex the flavors didnít play well together. Good but not great. Serving type: bottle

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tkrjukoff (4304) - SWEDEN - MAR 9, 2014
Pours murky brown with a small tanned head. Aroma is malty a bit fruity spicy. Flavor is thin malty bitter a bit fruity medium bitter.

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