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RATINGS: 1045   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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The combination of Cherries, Honey, and Chocolate Malts delivers gentle fruits and subtle spices. Fermented and aged with a unique yeast , this ruby red beer has significant warming strength that underlies the character of this Ale.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
ryanscourt (737) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2014
Excellent aroma and flavor. Strong flavors. Cherry and honey as advertised. One of the best winter seasonal out there.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hoyabrew44 (4) - Hershey, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2014 does not count
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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brifkin17 (13) - - JAN 14, 2014
Draft. Love this beer. Every Christmas, it makes its anticipated return to drafts around the city. It’s strong, but extremely smooth.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMMillsy (1318) - Florida, USA - JAN 13, 2014
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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RRistow12 (237) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - JAN 12, 2014
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. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Changed (359) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JAN 9, 2014
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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
WillRunForBeer (628) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 1, 2014
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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
60minuteman (716) - Frazer, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2013
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.....

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Concealer (747) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 30, 2013
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.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Experiment_Ale (977) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2013
At Valhalla with Stefan. Pours dark bronze. Aroma is Belgium dark fruit. Taste is dark belgium flavors that taste like the holidays in warmth.


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