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RATINGS: 268   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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (20818) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 30, 2012
Bottled (old backlog, had@Pikkulintu, Helsinki). Very deep ambery brown colour, close to black, with a small slightly off-white head. Aroma is spices, burnt sugar, some bready and sweet malts along with some slight notes of alcohol. Flavour is sweet malts, ripe fruits, some berries, spices and mild burnt sugary notes. Also a slight alcoholic burn to it. Surprising that the palate is rather watery for a beer this big and stuffed with flavours.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (5380) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2012
Dark brown red color with a small, light tan head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of dried fruits, spices, vanilla, some wine, roast, light cocoa, and a bit of alcohol as well. Taste of roast, vanilla, wine, dried fruits, and a spicy, lightly alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Damico (2645) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2012
Pours mostly opaque dark amber with a light tan head. The aroma brings some soft sweet caramel malt and a bit of dry oak barrel. The flavor bring tart malt flavors, dry oak barrel notes, and ends dry and slightly tart as well. Pretty darn smooth for ten percent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
daje (2609) - NORWAY - JUL 23, 2012
Bottle at Olympen. Clear brown in color, with a small creamy head. Good carbonation, medium body. Aroma of dark malts, spices, cherries, belgian yeast. Taste is lovely, sweet with red fruits, chocolate, sugar, spices and wood.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (7180) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 3, 2012
Bottle, thanks to Leighton/Jack, whoever brought it in the end! It pours deep burgundy, with a thin beige head. The nose is tangy dark fruit, plum, prune, apricot, spice and marzipan. The taste is wood, leather, brown sugar, caramel dark fruit (particularly plum and cherry), leather, syrup and alcohol warmth, with a dry, tangy finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. Interesting. Pretty alright actually.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
beergodd1 (400) - Conneaut, Ohio, USA - JUL 3, 2012
Pours a dark Mahogany with a thin tan head. A wonderful smell filled with candied sugar, dark fruits, spices, and oak. The oak really hits your mouth initially with some smooth vanilla, and a light sourness. More dark fruit - raisins, figs, dates and red grapes linger long after the sip. A touch of citrus / spice falls to the back of the mouth. Light bitter finish with sweet (almost syrupy) malts, molasses and caramel. A bit of warmth on the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kayres (494) - , Georgia, USA - JUN 14, 2012
Dark brown and clear. Sweet oaky aroma. Bit sour full bodies tangy. Hints if lemon oak vanilla. Very interesting brew ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ICEatALAMO (976) - Troy, Michigan, USA - JUN 9, 2012
Bottle. Aroma is almost more of a sour than anything. The taste is interesting. Like a light sour with a bunch of other flavors. Interesting combination of flavors. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6119) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 10, 2012
Bottle aging gracefully in my closet and served in my trusted big arse Tripel Karmeliet tulip: Russet brown with some amber highlights, small fading head and not much lace despite the etching on the glassware. The nose picks up lush aromatic malts, tobacco and leathery esters, some plum and raisin likely from Special B malts. A very slight sour cherry background and some oaky notes. Hints of ginger and pepper as well. I like this aroma.

The taste starts with rich fruit character, sweet golden raisins and tart cherries interweave over the layers of caramelized and roasty malts. Continuous earthy undertones and moderate boozy forcefulness. Very slight spice, woody and minerally presence on the finish. The mouth feel is oily and a bit under-developed, seems a tad flat and add a alcohol presence and it missed the mark of great Abt/Quad. Overall, age seemed to help this brew but all the cellaring can not bring added mouth feel nor improve the appearance. Still a touch hot but with a bit of oxidization and barrel sourness peeking in, I would not recommend aging this much more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 2, 2012
A - Pours a cloudy brown-ruby color with a finger of frothy khaki colored head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lace. S - Aroma is full of sweet dark fruits with some raisin and date, with candi syrup, oak, cherry, Belgian yeast, some spices, and a bit of booze. T - Starts off with some rich dark fruit flavor with some raisin, cherry, and date, some Belgian candi syrup, and a bit of spice. Through the middle, some oak comes through with some more Belgian yeast flavor and spices with a bit more residual sugar. The finish is a mix of dark fruits, oak, vanilla, Belgian yeast, spices, and some booze. M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a warming and sweet finish. D - Very drinkable. Nice barrel aged BSDA. The base beer is big enough that it hold up really nicely and the end result is nicely balanced.

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