bigda83 (838) - Jamestown, New York, USA - DEC 10, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Poured a very deep red/brown, clear, and had a bubbly khaki head. Aroma had a Belgian yeast presence, banana, cherry, and some holiday spices. Flavor was banana, cherry, cinnamon, nutmeg, and little chocolate hints in the background. Full body, slick texture, bubbly carbonation, and smooth finish.
Kabonski (40) - - DEC 7, 2015
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
One of my favorite beers to drink around the holidays. Nice alcohol burn, slight cherry flavor, with a bit of spice to it.
Getbetter (1032) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - DEC 7, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a tap at the Stogie Joe’s . The pour is a red brown. Cherry, nutmeg, medium body.
Ctplt777 (475) - - DEC 1, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is one of the best holiday beers I’ve had. There is so much going on. Aroma is big sweet cherries, honey and malt. There’s also a big raisin and fig aroma. Smells like sitting by a fire on a cold winter night. Took a decent sip and was blown away by sweet cherry, honey, rum soaked raisins/figs and a slight cocoa. Really sweet but not cloying. I like that this is described as an "ale brewed with cherries and honey" and it tastes like cherries and honey. Troegs never fails to amaze me with their awesome beers, and this is perfect for this time of year. Cheers.
jcnielsen (3205) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 1, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours an amber color with white head. Cherry, caramel, malty, cocoa aromas. Cherry, malty, syrupy, honey, a touch of oak, and fruity flavors. Not a typical beer I’d like, but decent enough sipping holiday beer.
Cincypoohbear (2) - - NOV 28, 2015 does not count
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good flavor. Really liked but not a favorite.
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altonbrownd (5629) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - NOV 21, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Bethesda Food and Beverage. Dark brown cola body with medium head. Nose is ballistic of malts and chocolate, spices and honey. So good. Taste is very alcy, sweet, plummy and nicely done. An incredible 11% but not too sharp. Enjoyable.
NordicV (1943) - Malmö, Sweden, SWEDEN - OCT 30, 2015
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Mahoganyfärgad öl med ett lättare rosa skum. Mycket alkohol och tuggummi både i doft och särskilt smak gör att detta definitivt inte är ett öl för mig.
arn8897 (320) - Trenton, Ohio, USA - AUG 6, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Snifter glass at pint night at Middletown Fine Wine and Spirits. Cellared since last fall. Pours a dark hazy red with a tan head. Aromas of cherry and spices. Taste the same with raisin and malt flavors. Medium palate. Lots of alcohol warmth. Nice beer really smoothed out with the aging. As the beer warms the alcohol becomes more pronounced.
madelfonatree (317) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 16, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Look - Unfiltered red body. Head is gone quickly but light tan. No lacing.
Smell - Strong cherry. Faint honey. Slight dank hop.
Taste - Wheat beer with Christmas spice. Cherry. Honey. Stronger than desired alcohol taste, but drinkable.
Feel - Chewy. Heavy. Carbonation comes through where it doesn’t in the look.
Overall - Part of my namesake. One of the first beers that moved me to high ABV. I always get a few of these each Christmas (and same some for the Summer).