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RATINGS: 38   MEAN: 3.67/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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A Schlafly Ale for Culinaria. Holiday Ale is a bottle-conditioned, English-style "Old Ale" brewed at The Schlafly Tap Room on 21st Street for Culinaria, a Schnucks market. This ale is a collaborative effort by the Brewers of Schlafly Beer and our friends at Schnucks to celebrate the ongoing revival in the City of St. Louis. The Schlafly Tap Room opened in 1991 and was one of the first efforts of the modern revival. Culinaria, opened in 2009 on 9th Street, brings a fine food and beverage market back to Downtown St. Louis. Our Holiday Ale is a rich, amber-colored ale that will pair well with meats, cheeses and desserts that accompany the Holidays. Celebrate the Season in St. Louis and best wishes from your neighbors as Schlafly and Culineria.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
musinj6 (456) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 13, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2012 Pours a ruby/amber that is clear and pours a one finger head that leaves moderate lacing. Caramel and nutty malt flavors. A little bready. Very rich and mildly sweet. Maybe a hint of clove. Mild herbal hop flavor. Mildly sweet throughout. Mild to moderate carbonation. Medium body with sticky mouthfeel. Long dry finish. This is my first old ale and I really like it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kraddel (4508) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - FEB 14, 2015
As ’Old Ale ’ . Pours clear, dark copper . Smell is a bit sweet . Unintense though . Taste is a bit bitter , full grainy sweetness . Earthy and fruity notes . Some booze in the finish .

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jackl (5503) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 14, 2015
Keg @ Meridian Pint. Deep amber pour with a small head. Nose is toffee donut and old cinnamon chocolate cookie. Sweet and alightly hot. Some apple. Taste is pretty boozy. Hot apples. Astringent and aggressive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (10017) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 9, 2015
Bottle... Pours mostly clear and dirty orange with a small, creamy, off-white head. Fantastic retention. The nose presents earthy and spicy notes layered upon more subtle notes of caramel and toffee. Full-bodied with a sticky mouthfeel and the carbonation is nearly still. The flavor features rich components of sweet pralines and mild, crusty bitterness. Finishes minerally and moderately sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (15210) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 7, 2015
Cask. Deep clear ruby amber color, off white big bubble edge head. Aroma of tiasted caramel. Taste has port wine, cherry, burnt caramel. Good winter beer.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JonLaRue (39) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 5, 2014
Beer has light touches of cereals and toasted bread. Fat lace and amber brown shadings. Taste is a light malt wafts of hops, which is something I desire more on my palate. It finishes quickly and asks to be drank more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
devman171 (1197) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - SEP 5, 2014
Bottle of folding ale, thanks Seth! Bottle pours brown with big head. Aroma is toasted malt and sweet dark fruits, taste is similar with a medium body and dry finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BBB63 (6396) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 31, 2014
"English Styled Old Ale" bought when in StL during the RBSG at the Culinaria near the hotel: Pour is a very nice reddish amber with an off white frothy head and minimal lacing. The aroma has heavy caramel, toffee, cotton candy, and even a little earthy smoke. There is also noticeable butterscotch which I find acceptable in the style but could be a big turn off for some people. The taste is similar to the aroma with some minerally overtones and faint pitty fruits. The mouth feel is a tad thinner than expected. Sadly I wanted to love this beer but alas I only liked parts of it. Even for me the Diacetyl was a bit distracting. This is for sure NOT an olde ale you would want to age.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcnielsen (2505) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - APR 6, 2013
Bottle. Pours a brown color with white head. Syrupy, brown sugar, malty, slight alcohol flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EtTuCthulhu (1329) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - APR 6, 2013
The appearance of this beer is a reddish dark brown with a large white head, and the aroma fuses hints of molasses, clove, fig, and slight undercurrent of wild sour cherries. The taste mildly umami, slightly sour, and a touch sweet; also, the palate combines a long astringent finish, oily texture, full body, and average carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
seymour (1624) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - JAN 9, 2013
Tasted on tap at Pi during the Schlafly "tap takeover," currently labeled as Schlafly Old English Ale. Dark, chocolatey, very roasty, some coffee and tea-like tannins, strong caramel and toffee, residual sweetness. No trace of hops. Profoundly melanoidy and toasty, so much so it was one-dimensional. Medium body, chewy mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Well-hidden alcohol. A nice enough big brown winter warmer, but not delicious. I hope to try one after several years of beneficial aging.

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