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RATINGS: 272   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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The third verse of our "Twelve Beers of Christmas" saga incorporates vinous and oaky notes into a bold and spicy dark ale. Happy Holidays!

75% Belgian-Style Dark Ale,25% Ale Aged in French Oak Barrels


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boFNjackson (4183) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 26, 2010
Bottle... Poured deep, cloudy red with a moderate head. Very fruity, plum-like, oak and booze. Cherry notes were very vibrant. Hints of buttery pastries, sweet malts, light hop balance, raisins, with a fair amount of carbonation offering a full palate.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 25, 2010
Poured dark brown, dark fruits, spice, wood, vinious, little citrus, little brown sugar.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (4266) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 22, 2010
750 thanks to Luckyhank. Pours a nice brownish color. Lots of holiday flavor in there plus the malt of a Quad. Typical fruit of raisin and plum. Cold, Iím not getting oak. Maybe as it warms. Very nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (11821) - Orange County, California, USA - NOV 21, 2010
A: The pour is a dark brown color with some hints of blood red and a fingerís worth of khaki colored head. S: A fair amount of dark malts without much roast character, but a nice toast. Very bready and heavy on the yeast with some dark fruits, but I canít quite pick out what they are. T: The sweetness is moderate with a bit of subtle roast. Dark and malty with a bit of sugar (caramel and toffee) and lots of yeastiness like the nose indicates. M: The body is medium with a soft, rolling carbonation. D: Iíd say this is probably better than Partidge but not quite as good as Turtle Doves. Itíll be interesting to see how this one ages over the next ten years.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mayday035 (120) - san jose, California, USA - NOV 21, 2010
On tap at Provisions. Pours a dark red brown with a little bit off tan-white head. Nose is currant and spice. Notes of plum, raisin, malt, and spice. Oaky finish. Will be interesting to see how this ages.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - NOV 20, 2010
Itís at its peak RIGHT NOW! Nose is a lite sour smell, matched with the smell of pears and malt. And just a wee bit of brett. Starts sweet, then goes dry - amaazing. Iíve never had a beer that does this! After this month, I expect this to turn into a brettbasket. But this one is nice....

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jjh19 (62) - California, USA - NOV 20, 2010
Dark red, tiny bubbles, looks rich. Plenty of wine-like smell. .Spicy, with a lot of red wine notes, and a little tart. Really tight carbonation. A terrific sipper with tight carbonation. Definitely worth a try.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
evr1dr (145) - Virginia, USA - NOV 20, 2010
Pours medium brown with thin cream head leaving little lace. Very yeasty nose, as expected. Notes of red wine, cranberry, raisin and plum. Taste similar to nose. Alcohol is well masked; no hint of a 10% brew. A dry, almost chalky finish. I will cellar one in hopes it gets better with age.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2010
Bottle pours very dark brown, slight black with tan head. Aroma is sweet plum, raisin, vanilla. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor upfront is straight alcohol, followed by a touch of dark fruit, then slight alcohol burn in the finish. A bit hot right now. Has a lot of aging potential.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonkeyBra (3557) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2010
Brown pour with a very quickly dissipating head. Aroma of grapes, oaky tanins, raisins, plums. Flavor has a light splash of tartness, some oak, jam, and raisins. A bit of spice. A slight bitterness. Tiny bit of booze. Mediumbodied, lots of carbonation. This beer is nowhere near as sweet as last years, which is an obvious improvement. Yeah, I can like this.


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