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RATINGS: 1044   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jine (896) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 7, 2004
11.06.04 Santa’s own manslaves could not have crafted a more festive brew. This is everything a Yuletide beer should be: spicy and warming

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - NOV 6, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2008 Mad crazy elves man. Strong alcohol taste and cherries are evident. Honey and chocolate malts are not as evident. Not too sweet. A good holiday beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 5, 2004
Clear reddish/brown color with virtually no head. Sweet malty aroma with hints of cherries and dark fruits. Not nearly as sweet as expected. Malty flavor with the cherries in the background. Alcohol comes on at the end. Cherry flavor becomes more pronounced as the glass warms up.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
pineypower (2479) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - NOV 4, 2004
Heard a lot about it, so I figured why not. Pours out a nice reddish color with a fruity, cherry aroma. and a decent sized frothy head. It has a fruity sweet taste with a lot of complexity with a nice aftertaste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Shared at a tasting with ratebeerians Ernest amd Aubrey. Ruby. Aroma of sweet malts, grapes, cherries, alcohol and honey. Dark fruits, honey, cherries, toasted malts and subtle chocolate. I like how the cherries do not play a large role but instead, are in the backround letting you know that they are there but not screaming obscenities at your mother. Anyway, this was a good one.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - AUG 10, 2004
This was indeed one of the funkiest brews given to me along this trip. A special thanks to TChrome for the beer. This beer pours an amberish red color with a white halfway soapy head. As i write this I’m not quite sure how something could be halfway soapy, but I mean if you saw this head, you’d understand. The aroma was totally Vanilla and Cherry Coke...there is NO doubt in my mind that this was a soda with alcohol in it! It also had a hint of Ludens Cough Drops in the aroma...this was one funky yet highly appealing aroma. Heavy ginger spices in mid taste, big time cherry soda flavor, spicey yet subdued cherry and vanilla finish. Just a rogue and funky beer..i liked it. Now if there’s any left in the world, is what i have to figure out!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - AUG 8, 2004
Pours a golden amber color with a fluffy light ring of foam. Smells like a mixture of friek and a cough medicine. Lots of sweet clove honey in the flavor, almost like a honey peanut flavor.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shag (2584) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - AUG 2, 2004
It smells like a cherry cola no kidding. I also pick up some caramel in the aroma. A copper color with a moderate white head. The flavor is very acidic and sour. I definitley pick up the sour cherries as well as honey and lemons. Spicy aftertaste. Its very belgian ale-esque. A good one.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 2, 2004
Caramel, cinnamon, nutmeg, cola, cherries. Deep amber body. Moderately sweet, lightly acidic throughout. Medium body, creamy texture, soft carbonation. The bottom line is: very oud bruin like.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpringsLicker (3114) - Tennessee, USA - AUG 1, 2004
Thanks to DrunkAsASkunk for the sample!! This pours a medium amber with a diminuative off white head. The aroma is bubblegum and cola. The cola comes back as the aftertaste of this fruit and cinnamon tasting beer. This might be one of those beers to put away for a while just for fun to see what it might do. In any case it’s not all the way there yet.


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