RATINGS: 155   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
The Beer that Saved Christmas is an old ale aged in oak barrels with a mixture of wild bacteria. Notes of chocolate, cherry, vanilla and carmel can be found in this holiday beer.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsquire (4367) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - OCT 31, 2014
This is from last years batch. It is better than last year and I bet it would still age well. Dark brown beer with a foamy tan head. Big sweet dried fruit and rich oak aromas. Lots of raisin, fig and dried fruit sweetness with warming bourbon, vanilla, oak and a pretty strong acidity. The ABV compliments the flavors well. Im only sorry this is my last bottle. I bet it will be better next year.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
vtafro (7433) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - OCT 17, 2014
Bottle. Brown pour with tan head. Dark malty, oak, bourbon, spice aromas. Bourbon, oak and dark malt tones, flavors are dark and woody.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 10, 2014
Bottle: Per recommendations from the peanut gallery I have let this age since last year and figured tonight would be a good night to finally open one. Nice smooth malty notes without being sweet thanks to the tannic addition of the oak barrel. A bit of whisky but hardly a booze bomb but a worthy compliment to the complexities. Slight fig and plum fruitiness along with a dollop of acidity. I would say that this is still in need of maturity and further depth that is common with the best of the olde ale genre but I can see this achieving that level in 3-5 years. The other bottle is now at rest for many many moons.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AdamChandler (4885) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 13, 2014
bottled, not sure how old. light fig water prune juice pour a 1 finger off white espresso cream head. a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg and chocolate milk nose. cocoa, tobacco very medicinal. lots of weird chocolate burnt oak flavors. great mouthfeel and the abv is well hidden.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (23637) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 21, 2014
Bottle. Hazy to cloudy brown color, beige head. Aroma of licorice, coffee. Taste is lightly spiced tootsie roll. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
M82 (469) - Kansas, USA - AUG 2, 2014
A two inch frothy-smooth light khaki head creates short peninsulas and thin trailing islands of lace over an extremely deep mahogany body

Light fruits and dusty barn merge flawlessly into basement, cherry, coffee cake, and mild dark chocolate notes with clean alcohol accents on a smooth, moderately carbonated medium body offering a light, slowly building, sweet and sticky residual full of the fore mentioned flavor components

Solid complexity, smooth transitions, medium intensity, an intelligent merging of styles creating a flavorful brew reminiscent of a strong oud bruin

16.9oz bottle aged for about five months at 55-60, served at 50 and warming into TeKu

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Atom (2347) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 22, 2014
Bottle pours a dark brown with a large khaki head. Fruity aroma, dates, plum, sour cherry, brown sugar, and caramel. Oak present in taste, some out of place sour, with bitter alcohol on the finish. Uhm, yeah doesnt seem to have held up.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
GreatDane1632 (1169) - North Dakota, USA - JUL 15, 2014
Rated from notes taken on 1 Jun 2014 -- I like old ales. I really like this beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
nimbleprop (8082) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 1, 2014
50cl bottle pours a murky brown with some creamy, off white head. Nose is sour, wood pulp, a little tobacco leaf, some vanilla, some cocoa nib. Flavor is off, odd, dusty malt, tastes like bad home brew, vanilla, bread crust. Over carbonated creating a harsh finish. Messy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jackl (7573) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 27, 2014
Sample @ RBWG, Asheville. Brown pour with a small head. Rich yule log and Christmas cake. Dark boozy fruits and chococlate, toffee. Banana bread. This has definitely soured a little bit. Has a distinct Greek yogurt accent. Dark fruits, cherry skin. Full, rich body. Overall, it feels like this is drinking as it wasnt intended.

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