hoyabrew44 (4) - Hershey, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2014 does not count
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
alcoholic aroma with honey and cherry notes. Dissipating minimal head but vibrant cherry red color. Thick, sweet taste with cherry, honey, and spices. Medium body with sticky texture, lively carbonation and an abrupt finish.
brifkin17 (13) - - JAN 14, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Love this beer. Every Christmas, it makes its anticipated return to drafts around the city. It’s strong, but extremely smooth.
BMMillsy (1097) - Florida, USA - JAN 13, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Got this as an extra but forget from who. Thanks awesome trader. Bottle says 2010-2011 so I assume this has been in a cellar for a while. Pours murky amber colored with nearly no head at all. A nice aroma of super sweet caramel, cherries, honey, some booze, maybe some Belgian yeast influence. Flavor is bready malt with a bit of yeast spice, definite sweet cherry presence, caramel, plums, figs. Big heavy slick mouthfeel with low carbonation. Definitely on the sweet side but pretty enjoyable. A bit of oxidization has settled in but that's ok. I would have this again.
RRistow12 (154) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - JAN 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted from bottle. Pours a nice clear ruby red with white head. Aroma of dark fruits, spices, cinnamon. Taste is pretty sweet and fruity with lots of spice. Cinnamon, nutmeg, cherry with minimal discernible bitterness. Nice spicey Xmas ale. Probably my favorite. Really potent and hides the alcohol well. Because of the sweetness you can't drink a lot of them but with the hug ABV you don't need too.
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Changed (331) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JAN 9, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
10oz pour at Alonso’s. Dark cherry hue, small white head, no lacing. Aroma is fruity sweet, mostly banana. Flavor is cherry, banana, spice at the end, booze is well hidden for 11%. Moderate carbonation, long lasting mouthfeel.
WillRunForBeer (342) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Grill Next Door. Pours a nice amber, transparent, no head. Aroma is cherry, raisin, dark fruit, cinnamon, nutmeg. This is warm, with caramel, cinnamon, nutmeg, spice, dark fruits.
60minuteman (566) - Frazer, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
BIG bottle gifted. Dark fruit, caramel, spice, lingering hop. Cocoa? Was not easily identifiable for me. A strong alcohol taste, good lace and retention. A fun holiday ale, really potent. Whew. Thank god I managed to finish the bottle by myself.....
Concealer (576) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 30, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap. Clear reddish orange with a foamy off white head. Aromas of cherries, yeast, cloves, spices and light banana. Flavor is the same with a bit cherry syrup. Medium bodied.
Experiment_Ale (437) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
At Valhalla with Stefan. Pours dark bronze. Aroma is Belgium dark fruit. Taste is dark belgium flavors that taste like the holidays in warmth.
crajun (871) - , Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle rec’d in trade from a kind ratebeerian. Pour is orange amber. Aroma is fruity and honey or caramel. Nice med + palate. Taste was complex. With dark fruits (can’t say I tasted cherry) sugar honey tart and drying alcohol finish. Great Christmas brew