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RATINGS: 1113   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   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 (641) - 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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
madelfonatree (74) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 16, 2015
Look - Unfiltered red body. Head is gone quickly but light tan. No lacing. Smell - Strong cherry. Faint honey. Slight dank hop. Taste - Wheat beer with Christmas spice. Cherry. Honey. Stronger than desired alcohol taste, but drinkable. Feel - Chewy. Heavy. Carbonation comes through where it doesn’t in the look. Overall - Part of my namesake. One of the first beers that moved me to high ABV. I always get a few of these each Christmas (and same some for the Summer).

3.3
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SteveOrz85 (100) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 7, 2015
Bomber into pint glass. 2014 batch. Aggressive pour makes three finger head witch is gone in a few minutes. Head is light tan, beer is amber in color. Some very light lacing. Aroma is weak. Taste is malty and lightly sweet with notes of cherry and honey. Long finish. Some strong alchol notes shine through. Over all good beer. I don’t see this as a holiday beer. Better later in winter maybe spring.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sinfull (1055) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 5, 2015
Dark , ruby color with small, off-white head. Aroma of spices , dark fruits , honey and alcohol. Sweet , caramel taste with spices and notable presence of alcohol. Good ,Christmas beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ross (2122) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - MAR 18, 2015
Bottle from forever ago. Reddish brown colored pour; sweet, hoppy smell and taste. Alcohol is really strong. Not really my cup of tea - too much here for me to really enjoy. Definitely a winter warmer, haha.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BierMeHoos (322) - Maryland, USA - MAR 15, 2015
Gift from Maxbier. 12oz bottle. Appearance is a reddish hue with good clarity. The aroma is cherry, citrus, dark fruit, and boozy. The taste is similar with an added amount of spice and hops. The palate is a little thin. Overall pretty good beer I'm definitely looking forward to the next holiday season!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hackobock (2167) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 16, 2015
January 24, 2015. Bottle, 2012-2013 version. Shared by tderoeck, thanks Tim!
Clear ruby red with medium sized white head. Aroma is cherry candy, some dried fruits, honey and some christmas spices. Taste is medium sweet, fruity and spicy. Finish is light bitter, light metallic. Medium bodied, average carbonation.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jlioi (24) - - FEB 11, 2015
This is Christmas in your mouth. It has lots of spice, a nice kick of alcohol, and it's got a nice smell. It's a fun holiday beer, definitely one of the best Christmas ones.

4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ej1oo1 (25) - New York, USA - FEB 11, 2015
Sweet and tasty. I probably couldn’t drink a ton but definitely a good taste. Good time.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tderoeck (6067) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 6, 2015
24/I/15 - 12Fl. Oz. bottle @ home - BB: n/a, winter season 2012-2013 (2015-106) Thanks to Nate for the bottle!

Clear ruby red beer, aery big off-white to beige irregular head, unstable, non adhesive. Aroma: sweet, dried fruits, candied fruits, Christmas fruitcake, raisins. MF: soft carbon, medium body. Taste: sweet start, sugary, fruity, quite some yeast, slightly sour, bit of chocolate. Aftertaste: soft subtle chocolaty notes, candied fruits, bubble gum, sugary, bit alcohol, some honey, soft bitterness.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kraddel (4535) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - FEB 2, 2015
@ Birdsall house . Pours clear , very dark amber . Small white head . Smell is sweet , unintense . Taste is bitter , herbal , sweet amber malts . Sharp , bit metallic . Very boozy for its ABV and a bit of a letdown after hearing raves over this ...


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