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RATINGS: 29   MEAN: 3.57/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 22   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A new twist on Breckenridge Brewerys longtime winter season, Christmas Ale. Aged in whiskey barrels, Holidale offers toasted biscuit notes complemented by soft caramel sweetness and hints of oak and whisky warmth.

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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
alobar (3708) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2016
Pours a golden amber color with aroma of biscuit, spice, and vanilla. Vanilla and caramel sweetness combine with spice and some bread. Hint of whiskey. Very nice.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjg74 (3077) - La Mesa, California, USA - DEC 22, 2016
Bomber from BevMo. 10.3%. Very deep amber in color. Crystal clear. Wood and bourbon dominate the nose. Some vanilla in there as well. A hint of alcohol as well. Bourbon and dark fruit notes up front. Decent wood and alot of vanilla. Some alcohol in the finish. A mild hop character is noticeable. Decent flavor profile. A little thin on the mouthfeel.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
J_man (980) - Tustin, California, USA - DEC 7, 2016
2016 version in a 22 oz. bomber. This version is labeled 10.3% ABV, so Im not sure if its a special version or the 2016 version (label looks the same as the picture posted here). Beautiful crystal clear medium copper/amber color with a small white head. Smells like a sweet whiskey more than a beer! Obviously whiskey notes along with a toasted wood component and butterscotch. Whiskey stands out immediately in the taste also followed by vanilla and dark caramel sweetness, then the toasted wood and butterscotch. Nice winter baking spice character in the background really makes this a holiday beer. Finishes sweet (but not cloyingly) and slightly hot (although not 10.3% ABV hot) with a lasting whiskey cask taste. I drank too much of this too cold as it got *really* good after getting to a warmer temperature. Ill definitely be grabbing a couple more of these before the holidays are over!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dfinney23 (3123) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 29, 2016
Lost review from... March? Post-holiday in any event. Dark fruit, caramel and whiskey. More spice wouldnt hurt.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dnstone (3016) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 30, 2016
Sweet holiday spiced bread and caramel aroma. Deep copper-amber color with a soft off-white head. Rich maltiness with a nice bready, spicy-earthy edge. Light bodied.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Voodoo (632) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2016
Pours a chestnut brown with a scant white head which disappears quickly.....aroma of sweet malt, raisin, dates......taste is dried fruit, raisin, booze and a very dry finish....might need a glass of water after this one.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zoucrew102 (1723) - - MAR 19, 2016
Bomber, 2015 vintage. Rich bourbon and vanilla aroma with nice caramel and oak notes. Pours dark caramel colored with thin tan head with poor retention and lacing. Starts with sweet caramel malt as well as nice bourbon esters. Finishes smooth with vanilla and oak joining in with just a touch of warming booze. Really wonderful holiday brew.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
egajdzis (6367) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2016
Brown color with a medium sized, light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of caramel, nuts, vanilla, bourbon, light spices. Taste of caramel, light nuts, wood, vanilla, bourbon, and some alcohol in the finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Niko100 (2837) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 14, 2016
Dark amber color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of toasted malt, toffee, and dark fruit; Flavor of roasted sweet malt, caramel, toffee, dark fruit, and some cola; Warm finish; Nicely balanced; Nothing intense here - but not bad.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (5306) - Michigan, USA - FEB 3, 2016
22 ounce bottle into snifter, 2015 vintage bottling. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy deep reddish copper color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, brown bread, toasted oak, whiskey, coconut, raisin, plum, apple, light chocolate, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, whiskey barrel, and light-moderate fruity yeast ester notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, brown bread, toasted oak, whiskey, coconut, raisin, plum, apple, light chocolate, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light herbal bitterness and whisky/oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, toasted brown bread, whiskey, coconut, raisin, plum, apple, light chocolate, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, whiskey barrel, and light-moderate fruity yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/oak spiciness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/silky, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is awesome. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome English strong ale style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, whiskey barrel, and light-moderate fruity yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and easy to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.


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