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RATINGS: 1074   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
flemdawg (533) - Naples, Florida, USA - JAN 21, 2005
Reddish mahogony in color with a fast diminishing white head and a bit of lacing to boot. Sour fruits and honey sweetness in the aroma. Fruity(cherries and other sweet fruits) and slighty malty taste woven together with a warm alcohol taste. Thanks to Jim for sending this in our trade. Just wish I could get hold of it easier.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tobias (203) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2005
12 oz bottle: pours a deep golden honey color with hues of red. very tiny bubbles with almost not head. the aroma is mostly of sweet honey and sour cherries, with hints of other fruit that i cant really make out. maybe apple or pear with a little vanilla. this brings back memories of the siard falco (cheery ale brewed by czech monks). both are very unique beers. the flavors is very malty and honey like, though not as much cherry as i would have thought. there are hints of nutty chocolate in there somewhere. a little too sweet for me. hard to beleive there is 11% abv in there somewhere.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
csbosox (1224) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JAN 16, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2008 Light red color with a small white head. Tiny little bubbles. Cherry aroma that is sourish with sweet honey-like notes. Smells good. Sweet/sour cherry taste with some maltiness. Sour, tart cherry finish. Thin mouthfeel. Pretty much one dimensional. The elf on the bottle looks to be high as a kite. I didn’t really care for it.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCW (1275) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 14, 2005
Well made holiday brew, Thanks Mike C! I’ve gotta start of with the aroma. It floral almost like walking though a flavor garden in spring. The fremented honey is probably the strongest flavor followed by a fruit flavor it says cherries so I guess I will too! Bronze colored translucent. Fairly thin bodied, watery. Sweet lingering finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crzybob77 (530) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 14, 2005
I certainly enjoyed this. There is an alcohol presence, but still doesnt taste or feel anywhere near 11%. Nice fruity and spicey flavor.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nate (3778) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2005
Neutral fruity hops, pears and apples. Honey and vanilla. Carmel malts, light brown sugar, oak. Reddish amber clear, with thin head. Heavy watery body with medium carbonation. Starts with nice malty sweetness. Caramel and brown sugar, toffee and honey. Mild fruity and carbonic acidity. Finish is fruity and sweet, with some vanilla and oak. Mild bitter hops at finish. Nice rounded fruity finish and after. Mild alcohol warming.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
aracauna (3138) - Georgia, USA - JAN 6, 2005
Now this had the character that Old Fezziwig was missing. Beautiful red color that catches the light nicely with a smallish white head. A good bit of bubblegum in the aroma, a touch of clove (yeast or spice?), coriander, peppery alcohol and a touch of malt. The flavor carries on with a little less complexity than the aroma, but with just a touch of cherries. 11%? I couldn’t tell. Fun beer.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Foxbush (1320) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 4, 2005
This was purchased as a Christmas season ale. It poured with absolutely no head. The color was a rich amber. The flavor was of Beligan Ales. I found it difficult to drink. I would not purchase again. It is not my style for beer. I did not taste the cherries.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2005
"RRREEEEOOoOHhhGGHHH" - The Mad Elf. Not crazy mad, I think he’s angry mad. Probably because he had to un-decorate the Christmas tree and haul it out to the curb today - those stupid pine needles hurt! I’ll start off by saying that I was a bit disappointed in the palate - even when warmed to almost room temp, it seemed thin. Everything else was big here - nice sweet aroma, taste was full of chocolate covered cherries with a slight hint of alcohol, bright red/orange body, medium head and excellent lacing. But it all went away so quick - just like the holidays. I think I’ll buy a few extra bottles next year to age them.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badgerben (4502) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 31, 2004
Dark red color with a thin head. Very dry cherry aroma and taste. It reminded me of a kriek. A little on the syrupy side and lacking depth, but still decently tasty.


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