RATINGS: 1619   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   IBU: 63   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
AKA Holiday Ale
AKA Holiday Leftover Ale
AKA Brown Sugar Substitute

This sad holiday season we didnt have the brewing capacity to make our favorite seasonal brew, the widely feared BrownShugga Ale. You see we had a couple of really good years (thank you very much) and so heading into this season while we are awaiting the January delivery of a new brewhouse we are jammin along brewing 80 barrels of IPA and PILS and such every 3 hours. A couple of months back we realized that since we can only brew a mere 60 barrels of Shugga every 5 hours, that we were seriously screwed. For every case of Shugga brewed, wed short 3 cases of our favorite daily beers. Its a drag. This year, we brewed something that we think is also cool and brews more like our daily brews. The new brewhouse will help insure this kind of failure never happens again. Its a mess that we can not brew our BrownShugga this year and we suck for not doing it. There is nothing cool about screwing this up this badly and we know it. Maybe we can sue our own sorry selves. There is no joy in our hearts this holiday and the best we can hope for is a quick and merciful end. F*@& us. This totally blows. Whatever. We freaking munch moldy donkey butt and we just want it to be all over...
So this substitute beer is a Cereal Medley of Barley, Rye, Wheat, and Oats. Full of complexishness from the 4 grains, and weighing in at 8% abv, Then joyously dry-hopped for that big aroma and resinous hop flavor.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Rex_Remes (180) - Bonyhad, HUNGARY - DEC 18, 2016
(355 ml bottle, Beijing) AROMA: very hoppy nose, grapefruit, floral, APPEARANCE: medium golden, clear, good visible carbonation with tiny bubbles, soft fluffy white head that lingers a while leaving significant residue and tracing. TASTE: first flavors are bitter and hops, then some malty sweetness, green, pine, citrus peel, some fruit and raisin. Dont really taste/notice the 8% ABV. PALATE: soft and oily on the palate, dry finish, good balance. OVERALL: Delicious. Very nicely hopped beer, with bitterness and hops not going too far overboard. Well-rounded and well-balanced. Sad I only had one in the fridge to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bconger (144) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - DEC 16, 2016
Bottle 2016. Light copper pour with a frothy cream-colored head. Fresh, dry-hopped goodness on the nose with some baked toffee cookies in there too. This one is a flavor bomb, with sweet cereals and citrus hops up front, followed by fig preserves and rum raisins, and with a lasting posterior tongue bitterness. The mouthfeel is very soft, almost fluffy. I just love this and I wish Id discovered it sooner.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaltOne (339) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 11, 2016
Pours an unassuming clear pale gold, froth white head. Big, beautiful, refreshing hop aroma. Big flavor - resin hops riding the back of a succulent, slightly sweet mixed grain base. The palate is the perhaps the feature - creamy, succulent, dry and sweet. Overall, a beer that triggers an almost immediate response to have another one. The background grain base is complex while the hop forward is clean and clear. For an American Strong, hops are more present then most - no criticism, just an observation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pilsnertest (186) - SWEDEN - DEC 11, 2016
Bottle at home. Grapefruit aroma. Taste is sweet grapefruit, lime and lemon. Soft mouthfeel. Zesty aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Habanero (4434) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK, DENMARK - DEC 2, 2016
Bottled. Pours clear golden with an average off-white head. Aroma of grapefruit, caramel and brown sugar. Sweet flavor that ends up being more dry and bitter. Medium bodied oily texture and soft carbonation. A very nice hoppy Ale indeed. 🌟🌟🌟🌟

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
probstblueribbon (3790) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 26, 2016
12 oz bottle from LCBO, served almost cold in a tulip glass.

App.: Clear light amber with a so-so off-white head. Aroma: Big, sweet, inky, lots of caramel and crunchy sweet malt, big pine and grapefruit, dusty, a bit peppery, Sweet Tarts fruitiness. Palate: Medium+ body, fine and fairly full carbonation. Flav.: Lots of sticky-sweet malt with plenty of pine/resin and grapefruit, peppery again, Sweet Tarts fruitiness; quite sweet and fairly bitter with a sweet malt and very fruity/citrus/candy-like finish.

Oh, cmon. They dont suck *that* badly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
martythesmarty (229) - SWEDEN - NOV 25, 2016
Bottle. Pours orange with small white head. Aroma is really hoppy. Taste is really fresh and has notes of orange.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bosco (303) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2016
Orange yellow with a touch of haze. Frothy, tinted head and wide lacing. Oh yeah, this is a good one, Mouthy, huge palate, malty, some sweetness, great complexity, Finishes clean minus some bitterness left behind. Great beer from a great brewer. 12oz single from total Wine & More, Boca Raton, Florida

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (46545) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 14, 2016

Bottle 12fl.oz. @ [ The Country Stat Improver Tasting ] - Saxo, Aarhus.

[ As Lagunitas Sucks ].
Clear medium orange yellow color with a average to large, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, pale malt, sweet malt, moderate hoppy, pine, alcohol. Flavor is moderate sweet with a average duration, pale malt, sweet malt, pine, alcohol. Body is medium, texture is oily to watery, carbonation is soft. [20161008]

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
goozen (3912) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - NOV 13, 2016
Tap at Tapzuid, Amsterdam: Clear amber colored brew with an sweet bitter taste, hints of caramel, tropical fruits, spices and pine. Clearly on of the best from the Heineken portfolio.

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