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RATINGS: 266   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


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - DEC 20, 2010
750ml bottle. Pours brown. Aroma is complex with slight tartness and winter spice graham cracker notes. Malty with complex spice and esters. Dry and malty with a hint of chocolate and spice in the finish. Overall - *stupid* good. Best winter-spiced beer I’ve ever had.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jason_andrew (1) - USA - NOV 29, 2010 does not count
This beer was excellent. Spice, fruit with prominent yet pleasant oak flavor. Grab a few for the cellar... this beer will no doubt get better with age :)

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jstraw (1906) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 8, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2010 Brown with big, foamy, tan head / Complex, bretty, nose of orchard fruit, oak, and caramel / Medium to full body, creamy and fat, some tartness, with good balance and slightly hot finish / Flavors of caramel, root beer, licorice, oak, red apples, cherries, figs, and dry hops / A great winter beer.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LordFatbottom (10) - Arizona, USA - FEB 1, 2011
Rich and silky. So smooth. I quite enjoyed this. Wow what a majorly exciting brew. So fine.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hamilton23 (604) - Alpine, California, USA - OCT 29, 2010
Poured from bottle into tulip glass. Has a wine smell to it, like a real oaky merlot. Pours brown with a two finger head of light tan. Very little lacing. Has some sweetness, bready (is that a word?), malty, fruity. Man...this is good! Loving this.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
randy1301 (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 15, 2010
750ml bottle.Pours a dark brown with a red hue and a thin reddish head.Nose is very complex with sour cherry,chocolate,spice and a cheese aroma.Taste is sour yet bright red fruit up fromt with creamy malt and spices to finish.This is a dynamic array of flavors.I would have a hard time catergorizing this beer.Nonetheless it’s a huge winner for me!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4843) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2011
Sampled from a750 ml brown bottle this beer poured a very dark brown color with a large creamy tan head that lingered forever and left good lacing. The aroma was very strong tart cherries, clove, sourdough bread, fennel and wood. The flavor was strong tart cherries, molasses, anise, sourdough bread, nut, wood and clove with a fairly boozy presence throughout. The finish was long with bread, cherry and molasses dominant. Fairly full bodied. Marvelous.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SDalkoholic (2141) - Linda Vista, California, USA - DEC 22, 2011
Bottle from South Bay Drugs: Created a large growing head that seemed to fizz but would eventually retreat to a thin layer of film across a medium brown almost mahogany colored liquid. As for the aroma, a delicate nose of oak barrel paired with a mild spicy strain of Belgian yeast that smells in perfect balance. The flavor is smooth with a tasty backbone of semi sweet malt while a gentle touch of Belgian spicy yeast and oak linger in the flavor.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
onceblind (3965) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 27, 2013
Aged maybe 2-3 years. Murky darker copper under a foamy beige head. Nose is raisiny and musty, in a good way, with a touch of Bretty sour oak. Very complex and lovely nose. Flavor is mellow and slightly sour, with earthy cherry and date notes. Dry finish with some plantain/date flavor.

4.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhensonb (10792) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 30, 2010
Capped 750 from South Bay Drugs. In a Bistro BA tulip! Pours very dark brown with a foamy 3 finger tan head. Nice dark roast malt notes - but the foam is impacting aroma detection. Flavor is a burst of really dark malt, and then a whole buncy of xmas type spice erupts. Frothy carbonation enhances that spice thing. Damn,but it is just incredibly tasty. Gonna have Mexican food tonite, and this is gonna be killer with that. FFA. And I don’t mean the Future Farmers.


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