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RATINGS: 153   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madmitch76 (18905) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 11, 2014
8th April 2014
Tasting at Bruce’s 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (16777) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 21, 2014
Bottle. Hazy to cloudy brown color, beige head. Aroma of licorice, coffee. Taste is lightly spiced tootsie roll. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (14674) - 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (13755) - Orange County, California, USA - JAN 7, 2014
On tap @ Taps Petaluma. Nice brown pour with a light haze and a tall khaki head. Lots of wood, toast, toffee, and nuts on the nose. Light sourness, some chocolate, red wine, and lots of dark fruits. Notes of caramel, brown sugar, and vanilla, too. Crazy. Flavor is kind of all over the place as well. Nice malty sweetness but also that slight tartness. Quite vinous with a big red wine character. Sweet toffee, brown sugar, caramel, and dark fruit. Notes of chocolate, plenty of drying oak, and some toasted nuts. Pretty enjoyable, but certainly not my favorite Prairie beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (13371) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (12744) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (12208) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2013
Tap. Poured a dark hazy brown color with an average frothy tan head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate sweet malt and spice aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate duration. This is a soft complex beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (11500) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 10, 2013
500 ml bottle poured a hazy reddish brown with a lasting amber head. Aromas of toffee, cocoa, fruitiness, oak, caramel and light, vanilla. Palate was light to medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of toffee, oak and dried fruit with a smooth lingering toffee finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (11242) - , 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (10806) - 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.

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