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RATINGS: 1142   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   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.


Evolutionary's rating

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Evolutionary (454) - Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Tap from mellow mushroom. Bourbon color pour and little head. Nose is surprisingly little. Little carbonation. Smooth with nutmeg sugar finish. Well balanced but could be heavier and more full bodied. Not as good as other Xmas beers but one not to throw away. ---Rated via my mouth


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Panzuriel (1787) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - JUN 24, 2016
Location: 12 oz bottle from Christmas beer exchange Appearance: Rich honey amber. Slightly hazy. Fine to no foam. Nose: Rich sweet malt. Stone fruit. Hints of spice. Candied caramel. Taste: Sweet candied fruit and honey. Alcohol evident. Touch of spice. Body: Thicker and maybe approaching syrupy. Parting thoughts: A very weighty but tasty winter beer. a decent winter warmer for sure.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Claves77 (215) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2016
Aged 3 years. Spicy strong alcohol smell. Beautiful deep amber color, little head. Strong upfront and lasting palate.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CanIHave4Beers (3946) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUN 6, 2016
Shout out to mydude DurhamBeer for sending this... oh a good long while ago (going on 3 years, maybe)... Either way I intended to rate it during Christmastime, now it’s June... and it’s time.
Pours a deep reddish brown with a small head.

At this point this smells like an aged beer, bits of oxidation are becoming prevalent and the sweet rich maltiness is very big. It’s reasonably fruity without much deliberate spice apparent anymore. Only lightly boozy on the nose with some sweet cherries and a good bit of tootsie roll.

The flavor still seems pretty darn festive, again not much in the way of intended spice, but there’s a bunch of pear and cherry with a huge rich malty character that’s more on the toffee end than the chocolate end, although there is some chocolate hanging out in the background.
Even at this age, the sucker is showing that 11% off pretty darn apparently, which in a beer like this is not out of line, but yes, it’s boozy... it’s also sweet although for all the sweeter elements going on here it does work a pretty nice bit of balance. As it warms some vanilla starts to show up which I think is just exactly what’s needed here.

fun, but I should really try one fresh some time.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oldrtybastrd (4914) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 13, 2016
Pours a deep golden copper orange color. Aromas of grains, fruit, and a little spice. Flavor is sweet with a nice bitter hop touch.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GSH1976 (306) - Delaware, USA - FEB 27, 2016
Pours a very clear dark amber with little head. Aroma is cherries (but not fresh cherries but more like cherry cough syrup), yeast, cloves and alcohol. Taste is artificial cherry, some Belgian yeast, alcohol, and spice with a noticeable tartness. It is borderline syrupy. The only reason to buy this is the abv because there are much better beers in this style.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Turboninja (452) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 12, 2016
Bottle@home, from Constantino’s, Cleveland, USA. Strong aroma of cherries and other sweet berries, some honey. Ethanol aroma nicely warms the nose. Darker copper/red color with small light natural white head and clear liquid. Strong, bit messy and unbalanced taste of cherry, banana, some honey and a hint of ultra-sweet malts. Narrow/medium taste spectrum and medium aftertaste with alcohol, some berries and malts. Medium palate with medium carbonation. Overall, messy case with an elf in etiquette telling the idea behind this products. Still, nuances remind me of Schneider Aventinus, so not ultimately bad after all.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
NJRAYZOR (2) - - FEB 1, 2016 does not count
One of my all time favorite beers. I typically don’t like beers with fruity notes but this is not overpowering and just tastes great

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bnokk (431) - Lee, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 15, 2016
Draft. APPEARANCE- Deepest amber color with orange/reddish hue. Super white head is gone like St. Nick on the 26th before the tulip warms enough for me to want to taste it. NOSE- Extreme malt sweetness. Slightest bit of spice. FLAVOR- alcohol is forward and pronounced. If I didn’t know it was 11%, I’d guess it was pretty high. Malty sweetness comes into play soon after the alcohol fades. NOTES- Good beer, noteworthy for its alcohol, it does not disappoint. I like the subdued spice (compared to some Xmas ale spice bombs) but for a holiday ale, it could use a little more in that dept.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (7214) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 7, 2016
Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy/fizzy, light brown, mostly/fully diminishing. Body is dark amber. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain), lightly yeasty (basement), with notes of cherry cough syrup, grape juice, alcohol. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic. This is kinda like really boozy cherry-grape soda. A novelty beer geared to get you f’ed up, I guess.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kidobutai (622) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JAN 3, 2016
Beautiful clear golden ale, not much head. Honey and spices on the nose. But the taste is almost shocking, thick and syrupy, like a dark brown ale.


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