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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 3.59/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 22   EST. CALORIES: 264   ABV: 8.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A new twist on Breckenridge Brewery’s 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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balloonbuffoon (737) - - DEC 30, 2017
22floz bottle, no date (bought a year ago), pint glass. Appears brown, which in light shows clarity and more of a copper color. Head development is small and it recedes to a small layer. Smells rich like a fruitcake around the holiday season. There is something about the aroma that is sorta like a cherry cough drop though. This is a a heavy one. It's dense with low carbonation. I'll go with lightly spiced fruit cake to describe how it tastes. There There are toffee, dark rum, and and dried fruit flavors. It's pretty alright. It packs a punch, but doesn't have a whole lot of barrel aged character as it indicates front and center on it's label.

4.3
Cybercat (6331) - Georgia, USA - DEC 23, 2017
Pours clear sepia with a thick and fairly persistent beige head. Aroma delivers toasted malt, whisky, and subtle caramel and woody notes. Flavor features roast malt, whisky-soaked wood, caramel, bready and hoppy hints. Mouthfeel offers smooth, fairly firm body and peppy fizz. Perfect for Festivus!

3.4
alexsdad06 (11222) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JUN 4, 2017
Draft to taster in a flight from notes. Pours a slightly hazy reddish brown color with a small beige head. The aroma and flavor have sweet malts, caramel, whiskey, vanilla, wood, herbal notes, light winter spices, ok.

3.6
alobar (3966) - 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
mjg74 (3199) - 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
J_man (1025) - Tustin, California, USA - DEC 7, 2016
2016 version in a 22 oz. bomber. This version is labeled 10.3% ABV, so I’m not sure if it’s 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. I’ll definitely be grabbing a couple more of these before the holidays are over!

3.4
dfinney23 (3424) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 29, 2016
Lost review from... March? Post-holiday in any event. Dark fruit, caramel and whiskey. More spice wouldn’t hurt.

3.7
dnstone (3625) - Kansas City, Missouri, 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
Voodoo (714) - 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
zoucrew102 (2233) - - 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.


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