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RATINGS: 1088   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.


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3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Evolutionary (300) - 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


3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
lownote (107) - USA - DEC 24, 2014
Pours a brilliant dark red with a lasting lacy head into a wine glass from bottle. Aroma is very strong cherry and honey. Taste is very biting in its dark cherry flavor. Also a nice bit of sweetness. Thin and intense carbonation. This beer is really great in short bursts.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SuperTiti33 (610) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 24, 2014
Rousse. Beau collet. Ronde. Assez sucré. Goût prononcé de cerise. Mielleuse. Florale. Bonbon sûre. Réglisse rouge (bonbon). Banane. Rootbeer. Très bien.

4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
nothingbutIPAs (23) - Hillsborough, USA - DEC 24, 2014
Beer has a weak aroma to it, tastes like a bowl full of cherries. deceptively smooth for the ABV - 11%. Not my usual style of beer, but this is the best Holiday Ale I’ve had. Would have to imagine 3-4 of these would kick one’s arse, can’t wait to find out. Happy Holidays!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hman43 (409) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - DEC 23, 2014
It pours amber with a tan head. It has an aroma of cherries, yeast, spices, and fruit. The fruit with the cherries being significant and spices were evident on the initial taste with chocolate and spices coming after. The spices and a moderate bitter bite is present on the way down.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElCapitan22 (138) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2014
Pours a very nice reddish amber color. It has no lacing or head retention, but that can be attributed to the high abv. A tasty beer and the first of a mad elf flight spanning the past 4 years. God help me.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AdamT (188) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 22, 2014
12oz bottle from Brewmaster’s in Wilson. Reddish hue, good clarity with fully diminishing white head. No lacing. Aroma of booze, cherry, citrus hop, dark fruit, malt and candy. Spice and citrus hop taste up front with a watery spice finish. As the beer warms it finishes with more of a floral taste.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopbag (110) - - DEC 21, 2014
Some cherry in the aroma and a reddish tint. Sweet with a little pepper/clove through the middle. Finish is spicy Belgian yeast. Well hidden alcohol for 11%. Reasonably festive.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OsuStu (79) - - DEC 20, 2014
Draft. Red amber, slightly off white head. Aroma is cherries, cinnamon, honey. Plums, berries, warming dry alcohol. Slightly sticky palate.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Carlisle (92) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2014
Bottle. Dark amber color with ruby notes; minimal tan head with substantial lacing. Fruit and cherry aromas with yeast. Malt and cherries upfront with fruity yeast and cherries in the long finish. Some warming alcohol in the finish as well. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
cwill (3) - Coatesville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2014 does not count
Aroma of cherries, honey and spice. Appearence is red and festive. Taste is aweet with fruity notes. First sip is a mix of honey cherry sweet malty goodness. There’s a nice spiciness that’s running through here too, perhaps some nutmeg. Very drinkable, as people who don’t typically like beer fancied this brew.


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