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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 3.79/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 303   ABV: 10.1%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This rich holiday ale is perfect to warm away the winter chill. Nine full months of barrel aging deliver unrestrained oak and bourbon flavors. Tasty hints of chocolate, vanilla and tobacco round out the complex notes. The Holly King personifies the nature of the Green Man in all his winter glory.

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4.5
drpimento (3755) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 7, 2016
Excellent beer! Poured with a nice fluffy long lasting fluffy cream colored head and some lace. Aroma is mostly toffee caramel and a bit of roast malt. Taste is where it gets really good had some of that coffee and caramel plus oak tobacco slight hint of bourbon sweet upfront bitter finish.

3.5
dmac (6451) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAY 5, 2016
12oz bottle from dr.fabulous. poured a not so great looking murky orangey-amber with a very small super off white foamy head that almost completely dissipates. Aroma of toffee, leather, wet wood, light vanilla and brown paper bags. Flavor is the same as the aroma. Body is a touch hot on the backend and couple that with super soft carbonation intensifies the heat. Not bad though.

3.8
TylerGreenDC (1046) - - JAN 20, 2016
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2016 Draft. 2015/16 edition. Aroma is surprisingly thin, but flavors are huge honey sweetness (the bourbon?), vanilla and some nutmeg and cinnamon. The oak is here as the vanilla, but the sweetness drives the beer. The abv is well-hidden. A treat.

3.8
drfabulous (8563) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 27, 2015
12 ounce bottle from four pack. Deep brown in color. Caramel and toffee. Some bourbon. Touch of vanilla. Very smooth overall. Very nice.

4
ChainGangGuy (4925) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2015
12 ounce bottle - $3.25 at Tasty Beverage Company in Asheville, North Carolina.

2015 Vintage (these 12 oz. bottles list the ABV as being 9.8%).

Appearance: Pours a muddled-looking mahogany-hued body with an inch of receding off-white froth. Just a meager bit of lacing on the way down.

Smell: An oaken, tobacco-hinting scent, then, some toasted bread and lightly toasted ground nuts and chopped dried fruits glazed with an altogether sticky, sweet-scented dark caramel and dotted with a little orange liqueur.

Taste: Chewy caramel squares with toffee candy and dark toasted breadcrusts, and, just when it seems a little sweet, you’re hit with a blisteringly quick shot of Cointreau giving some fast heat and bitterish citrus flavor to temper it. Woodsy oakensheilds, loose tobacco. Dried stone fruits and more of that cutting citrus. Warming, bittersweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Rather smooth, tongue-coating mouthfeel.

Overall: Sweet, luscious and delightfully warming, this. It would fit this Christmas Day in Georgia perfectly if it wasn’t so unseasonably warm at a tepid 70 degrees.

3.7
Weezel (280) - Florida, USA - MAY 31, 2015
2014 edition. Faint smells of toffee and some of the barrel character. Beautiful deep Amber color. Tastes of some raisins, nutmeg, and the barrel leads to soothing coconut flavors. Long finish. Good stuff.

3.4
nearbeer (5600) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 16, 2015
750 ml. Mostly clear, deep copper with a thin film of bubbles. Mild nose of toffee, tea and citrus. Flavors of toffee, vanilla, orange, whiskey and wood. Medium body has medium carbonation and a decent balance.

3.5
kevinsenn (2289) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 20, 2015
On tap at Burial. Caramel and alcohol aroma. Big bourbon flavour. Booze. Hard to taste much else in there... Toffee too. Nice.

3.7
jbruner (5274) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 28, 2015
2014 bottle shared at Proof happy hour. Pours a hazy golden brown with minimal bubbly ring of off-white head. Aroma is big on the caramel malt, hints of toffee and molasses, a bit of bourbon sweetness. Taste is more towards the bourbon end with tannic vanilla and sweet caramel notes. Big on the booze, warms on the way down, soft carbonation, solid beer.

3.6
BadAprilia1000 (437) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 18, 2015
Pours a very hazy brown color similar to apple cider. Aroma is malt, caramel, cheese funk, toffee, bourbon, oak, herbal, spice similar to hot tea. Taste is malt, caramel, apple, vanilla, oak, herbs, spice, bourbon and malt again but funkier. Overall a good beer, taste is much better than aroma, good beer, would be interested in cellaring one for the hell of it, tastes like it would age very well.


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