RATINGS: 155   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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2.3
SudsMcDuff (8429) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 22, 2014
ok, wow- this doesn’t feel like a Prairie beer at all! .. pours a deep chestnut .. light head, medium lacing .. . lots of spice and a sharp tartness .. just a mess and not at all what was expected. a very very rare miss from the kreb nation .. . .
I know more about those two losers from the Sonic commercials than I know about my own father.

3.2
jcos (1851) - Maryland, USA - JAN 21, 2014
Location/Date:Bottle on January 19th, 2014.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown.
Aroma: Aroma of bourbon, oak.
Taste: Chocolate, light roast, bourbon.
Palate:Medium light.

Summary: Came off a bit too boozy to me.

3.8
boFNjackson (4201) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 21, 2014
Bottle... Poured dark brownish with red highlights and a nice forming light, tan head. Nice cherry and acidic lactic notes with mocha coffee and cocoa. Hints of oak and burnt grains with ash and mild oxidation. Dark fruits dominated this one with a nice warming alcohol note.

2.9
vyvvy (6476) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JAN 19, 2014
I’d been told by people I trust that this was a good beer I’d like. I’m gonna have to disagree with them. It pours dark reddish brown with a beige head. The aroma has wood, toffee caramel toast and alcohol (won’t be the last time this word is in the review). It has a medium / full body that’s quite thick and sticky with a low amount of carbonation. The flavor start with big woodiness, syrupy sweetness, caramel, raisins, heavy alcohol, apple tartness and pepper. The finish has more apple and raisin as well as a water aspect to the taste and an onslaught of alcohol booziness. Apparently there are a lot of people that like this, so I guess to many this is a good beer, but this was certainly down the lines of what I like.

3.9
conway (2210) - - JAN 18, 2014
Bottle. Pours cola color with a thin off white head. Aroma is mostly oak with lots of fruity sweetness, maybe raspberry and cherry. Taste follows suit and adds some deep port, vanilla and spice notes. Chocolate notes on the finish. Oily palate with a surprising amount of carbonation. Slightly buttery. This is really tasty and warning.

3.1
Prufrockstar (2132) - Moscow, Idaho, USA - JAN 16, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2015 Bottle, acquired in trade(s) -- thanks, J and M! Pours deep and dark with ample creamy white head, loads of nice lacing. Aroma is full of apples and booze. Cherries as well, and some vanilla, but everything is just soaked in booze. Like a boozy fig/cherry/apple fruitcake or something. This aroma is actually a bit off-putting. Taste: Booze-soaked fruits. Astringent. In the words of my wife: "It’s tangy. Yuck. Do I have to drink this?" No, honey, I’ll provide you something else, but I’m going down with this ship. Palate: full body, slick and oily texture. As the beer goes on (and on and on ... wow, there’s still half a bottle left? This is a chore ...) and I’ve acclimated a bit it’s more tolerable, but still ... wow, do not like this.

3.4
jbeatty (1248) - New York, USA - JAN 15, 2014
Bottle, thanks to Justin, 01/15/2014. Pours dark earthy brown, huge frothy head with great retention. Aroma is toffee fudge, brown sugar, light vanilla and candied fruit, subtle vinous finish, mild tartness. Taste is moderately tart candied fruit, brown sugar and Christmas spices, cola, vinous oak. Medium body. Not quite sure if the barrel treatment works for me, but alright in the end.

3.2
jcnielsen (3412) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 15, 2014
Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with off white head. Oak, dark fruit, vanilla, caramel aromas. Caramel, dark fruit, slight oak, slight boozy flavors. Alright, but probably my least favorite Prairie beer I’ve had.

4
rdixon77 (2832) - Georgia, USA - JAN 14, 2014
Thanks drowland for the share. Great Unchristmas beer. Copper color. Aroma of fruit, caramel, oak, sugar, red wine. Taste was also complex with stronger sweet caramel and molasses, cinnamon, booze and a touch of sour. Crisp mouthfeel.

3.8
Terminus (3683) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 13, 2014
Tap at cuginos floorisant MO jan 2014 Pours almost black with a fizzy tan head and sparse lacing. Nose is woody oaky slightly salty metallic chocolate nibs. Flavors are choclate woody slightly salty coca. Hmm. Body seems thin yet hides the abv very well. No heat whatsoever. Finish is long woody chocolate and caramel. Like a wood aged tootsie roll or something. Finish is actually very dry was not expecting that at all. The wood really shines on the finish. Solid but I prefer Prairies belgian offerings.


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