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RATINGS: 1084   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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4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mstrcrwly (343) - New York, USA - MAY 20, 2014
12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass..aroma of dark fruits,cherries,alcohol..taste of dark fruits, cherry, plum, malty..dry finish with decent bitterness..alcohol definitely present in a good way..really good.


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 (109) - - 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 (89) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
two7offsuit (240) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 20, 2014
Pours a reddish color with a thin head. Aroma is spice and cherries. Flavor is similar.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (2346) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 20, 2014
11% Bottle from a trade with GenDV138 - thanks buddy! A reddish-amber pour with a foamy beige head but not as red as I expected actually. The nose is somewhat weizen like in that I get a big banana bread & cloves, some cherry and honey as well but I think I need to let this warm up a bit. Nice fairly full bodied beer with a raspy carbonation and a hearty dose of warmth spreading down my throat to my belly. As it warms you definitely get a belgian yeast character from it with plums, spices, breadiness, cinnamon comes through, cherries, a fairly prominent booziness, banana bread. As it warms up it continues to reveal new nuances and layers. I think the booziness is a bit much I’d probably enjoy it more in the 8-9% range but I’d definitely have this again.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Drinkingdan (375) - East Norriton, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2014
Nice red color. Can taste the alcohol but does a nice job of a blending most into the beer for how high the % is.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BiddleBrau (962) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2014
Tap at Giuseppe’s. Red with thin head. Malty nose. Rich malty with presence of alcohol. Classic winter/seasonal warmer.


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