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RATINGS: 104   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Every holiday season Eel River Brewing Company brews a specialty beer called Climax Noel and each year it’s a different style. 2010’s Climax Noel is a selectively dry-hopped organic imperial red ale. Eel River Brewing Company used the finest Pacific Northwest organic malts and dry-hopped it with organic cascade, Amarillo and centennial hops.

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3.4
blipp (9782) - La Mesa, California, USA - DEC 18, 2010
Bottle. Pours amber with an off white head. Sweet malty aroma, almost candy like, with some fruity hoppy notes. The flavor has sweet malts, caramel, candy sugar, and fruity sweet hops. Decent.

2.8
Crit (4065) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 18, 2010
Sparkling amber,small beige head.Toffee alcohol nose.Odd malt profile, molasses and treacle. Barleywine without the alcohol heat.
Somewhat disappointing

3.7
Maverick34 (3314) - New York, USA - DEC 18, 2010
Draught from standings. Poured an ambery orange. Smallish head. Fruits etc.

3
AmEricanbrew (7065) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - DEC 16, 2010
Bottle. Clear amber color/ tan head. Marshmallow, grapejuice, sweet spicy aromas. medium bodied. Spicy sweet caramel, tart vinous, brown sugar flavors.

3.4
manuchampions (1256) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 10, 2010
22oz bottle from 16th St.Liquor in West Vancouver. Pours a dark copper with an inch of persistent cream head. Aroma is abundant caramel malt with a hint of Marmite. Taste has a surprising fruitiness to it; kind of like a brandied raisin mixed with cherry cough drop kind of taste. Hops ride in at the end with some bite. Mouthfeel is fairly viscous. Finish sticks to the tongue with a tinge of lightly burnt toast. A strange one to say the least...decent but all over the map and many of the flavours working in opposition rather than harmony.

3.4
marcus (10736) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 10, 2010
Bottle from Healthy Spirits. Pours reddish brown with a fluffy beige head and a spicy fruit aroma. There is a hearty smoked malt flavor that starts sweet, then turns bitter with a peppery finish.

3.4
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - DEC 4, 2010
Tap at Holiday Ale Fest. Copper penny pour with a small tan head and almost no lacing. Smells of caramel, cherries, a bit of spice and some light citrus hops. Flavor is similar, very sweet tasting with the caramel and cherries overpowering the hops and with a bit of spice thrown in. Decent beer, very drinkable.

3.9
boFNjackson (4230) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 2, 2010
Tap @ Holiday Ale Fest [2009 Vintage]... Poured amber/deep orange with a light, beige head. Aroma was fruity, ripe with apricots and dates. Mellow tasting, nots of caramel, apples, apricots, grapes, and wintery spices. Yeast flavors and some nice wine-like alcohol burn.

3.2
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 18, 2010
Bottle:   Thick amber, on the dirty side, moderate to thin sudsy off-white head, spotty lacing.   Bready nose, definite alcohol, with some banana and clove accents.   Rather warming on the tongue, alcohol is noticeable for sure.   Otherwise bready with the aformentioned spices.   As it warms I get a little Aloe or something on the nose.   It kind of translates to the tongue after a while, like a medicinal plant.   Backside still has the banana and clove.   Moderate body and mouthfeel.   A little too hot, needs some time and perhaps a heaftier body.


3.4
JohnnyMummbles (151) - Pitman, New Jersey, USA - NOV 16, 2010
poured from a 1 pint 6 fl oz bottle a rich, cloudy reddish color with a finger-length delicate white head that dissapates quickly.Aroma of green apples, berries, caramel,and roasty malt. Flavor is lightly carbonated and very smooth, HInts of green apple,subtle tarness that is not too overbearing. Hints of toasted malt and alcohol flavor. Palate is left with an abundance of flavor that travels from the mouth into the nose. A very fine flavor left lingering on the palate with the slight warm, burning flavor of alcohol. One of the best winter beers i have tried thus far. Excellent!


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