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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.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mcberko (9633) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 1, 2014
500mL bottle, pours a deep dark brown with an amber tinge and a fairly large beige head. Nose is classic old ale, with roasted English malts, wood, and a hint of dry toffee. Flavour brings out some licorice, wood, a strange slightly tart roasted malt and unmistakeable English malt quality. Carbonation is unusually and unnecessarily high, but it fortunately doesnít detract too much from the fairly elegant mouthfeel. Unusual and seemingly a bit infected, but still okay.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (11041) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 26, 2014
Bottle. Pours dark brown with creamy tan head. Nose and taste of oak, candied fruit, cinnamon, brown sugar, alcohol soaked dark fruits, raisin, fig and boozy cherries. Medium body. A bit hot.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rockchalkgenes (23) - - FEB 26, 2014
Bottle. Pours dark brown with minimal head. Aroma of chocolate and cherries. Taste follows the nose with a bit of a boozy after taste. Another solid offering from PAA.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bulk_Carrier (2781) - Final Resting Place, Vermont, USA - FEB 26, 2014
The appearance has a dark brown close to black colored body with a two and a half fingered white foamy head that lasts for a good two minutes before gently dieing and leaving some nice foamy lacing sticking finely to the sides of the glass. The smell has a funky sort of tart/somewhat sour cherries, plums, raisins and apples that combine and giving off a decent spicy/somewhat peppery sort tone. There is a nice oakiness that comes in as it warms, also there is a nice roastiness of sorts to add to it. The taste starts off as a funky sort of tart/sour, but more so becomes mostly subdued with a gentle leading sweet oakiness coming forth as the beer warms. There is a nice soothing caramel/molassess aftertaste and a long sweet sticky dry finish. On the palate, she sits about a medium to heavy on the body, not exactly sessionable - more of a sipper but at 10% and most likely brewed in late 2013, Iím expecting it to be more of a sipper. Carbonation is fairly smooth and this is good for the old ale style and for me. Overall, this is one of the heavier old ales Iíve had. Iím glad I tried it - if anything. I would say everything seems to fit right for the style and for me as its mostly balanced.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
AndyW68 (1219) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 21, 2014
Very nice. Dark brown with tan head. Aroma is vanilla and a little chocolate. Taste is vanilla, choclate and sweet fruit. Very nice for a sweet beer. dough,

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Homer321 (2843) - Melboring, Florida, USA - FEB 20, 2014
Bottle via trade. Nose of wood and vanilla. A slightly boozey note as well. Moderate chocolate. A slight peppery phenol character too. Taste has an initially slightly tart character that is cherry like, almost like a Flanders but subtle. Chocokate is moderate to low in flavor. A medium light mouthfeel. Slightly chewy and raisiny. Overall am interesting old ale but not one I would necessarily buy a lot of or seek out.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrewFace (950) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - FEB 20, 2014
Bottle share thanks to Homer321. pours a very dark, nearly black color. Big chocolate aroma up front, followed by some oaky barrel and vanilla character...mild booze and dark fruit. Taste is dark fruit, some sweetness and mild tartness near the back. Slight metallic character. Roastiness follows.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gyllenbock (5913) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 17, 2014
At Jupiter during Sour Sunday 2014. Hazy brownish with a medium head. A bit on the sweet side with dark fruit, cookies, caramel and some very light spicy notes. Also some notes of oak. Balanced and with a full mouthfeel. Some warming alcohol in the finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (10695) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 10, 2014
RBWG14 Trip Rating #34. Bottle shared by jackl at the Friday Night Downtown Inn Bottle Share. Pours a hazy amber color with a medium sized foamy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of dark fruits, caramel, spice, mild toast. The taste is tart fruit, caramel, spices, herbal hops. Medium bodied.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Errl (2171) - Plano, Texas, USA - FEB 10, 2014
Bottle..Pour is dark red is brown with a thin tan head..Nose is oak, caramel, dark fruits.. some sweetness, spice..Taste is nice carmel, spice, oak, bitterness..


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