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RATINGS: 39   MEAN: 3.64/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (17715) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (11798) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 27, 2011
Bottle shared by Jcwattsrugger. Pours dark brown. Off white head. Nose of toffee, spice and caramel malts. Taste is the same. Same alcohol in finish. Full mouth feel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11670) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 22, 2011
750ml bottle-pours a foamy tan head and copper color. Aroma is medium malt-roasty/cocoa/spices. Taste is medium malt-roasty/cocoa/spices, some hops bite. Finishes semi dry. OK effervescence.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (10265) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (8006) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 7, 2009
750 ml bottle from Culinaria. Pours a cloudy reddish color with a big beige head. Aroma of mixed winter spices, sweet malts, caramel, toast, berry fruits, and a little alcohol. Flavor of malt, cinammon, nutmeg, berries, raisins, fig, pine hops, honey, bread, and warming alcohol. Medium bodied and dry, with a bready mouthfeel. Just a hint of roast on the alcoholic finish. Interesting beer, I might have to grab another and let it sit for a while.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BBB63 (6507) - 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 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jackl (6112) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Strykzone (5900) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2010
A very attractive pour. Amber brown with plenty of visible carbonation. A big tan head has strong retention that tries my patience. Aroma is fruit, bread, caramel, and light spices. Alcohol is prominent in the flavor. Chocolate, fruit, red hot candies, soft spices. Licking my lips brings malt flavors. The chocolate stayed throughout and described the finish. Lots of subtleties here. A hint of hop late. Warming throughout. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thirdeye11 (5860) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 9, 2012
(750ml from Drew the brewer of the beer) medium copper with soapy tan bubbles. Nose of brown sugar, light hops, honey, fairly rich. Taste of honey, faded hops, brown sugar, rich and delicious. Oily body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (5232) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - SEP 5, 2010
750 bought at Bottleworks. Spicy and malty. Sweetness is just right. Amber color with some very nice caramel tones. This is very good.

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