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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3.6
madmitch76 (26448) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 11, 2014
8th April 2014
Tasting at Bruce’s Pad. Thanks to Leighton. Very hazy dark brown beer, small pale cream coloured head. Palate is light and airy with light fine carbonation. Light thin malt cream. Tangy dried fruits and fruity bourbon. Touch of dark chocolate, well buried. Light finish with a bitter wood linger.

3.9
Travlr (26430) - 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.

3.7
Leighton (22820) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2014
Bottle shared in London - picked up somewhere in the US. Pours deep brown with a frothy, off-white head. The nose has a lot of ripe fruits, some brown bread, dryish toffee, a bit of orange peel. Medium sweet flavor with further toasty bread, some ripening fruits, mild dates, slight toffee. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Lightly warming on the finish with more dates, berries, moderate toffee, dried bread. Very nice.

3.6
Theydon_Bois (21487) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2014
Bottle split at Bruce’s pad, thanks to Leighton, 08/04/14. Murky chestnut brown with moderate beige spotting. Nose is dark fruit rinds, Xmas cake, light marzipan, spice, toffee. Taste comprises bitter fruit peel, tarte fruit, candied sugars, toffee, spice. Medium bodied, fine carbonationa, light dryness in the close. Solid old ale.

3.2
mcberko (19871) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 1, 2014
500mL bottle, pours a deep dark brown with an amber tinge and a fairly large beige head. Nose is classic old ale, with roasted English malts, wood, and a hint of dry toffee. Flavour brings out some licorice, wood, a strange slightly tart roasted malt and unmistakeable English malt quality. Carbonation is unusually and unnecessarily high, but it fortunately doesn’t detract too much from the fairly elegant mouthfeel. Unusual and seemingly a bit infected, but still okay.

3.5
jtclockwork (17654) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 26, 2014
Bottle. Pours dark brown with creamy tan head. Nose and taste of oak, candied fruit, cinnamon, brown sugar, alcohol soaked dark fruits, raisin, fig and boozy cherries. Medium body. A bit hot.

3.1
Ferris (17117) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 4, 2014
Bottle - Vintage 2013 - Green apple and oak. Cloudy brown with a rich brown head. Light sour and apple, light malts and a light spiced boozy finish. Not sure about this one.

3.6
brokensail (16689) - Dublin, California, USA - JAN 7, 2014
On tap @ Taps Petaluma. Nice brown pour with a light haze and a tall khaki head. Lots of wood, toast, toffee, and nuts on the nose. Light sourness, some chocolate, red wine, and lots of dark fruits. Notes of caramel, brown sugar, and vanilla, too. Crazy. Flavor is kind of all over the place as well. Nice malty sweetness but also that slight tartness. Quite vinous with a big red wine character. Sweet toffee, brown sugar, caramel, and dark fruit. Notes of chocolate, plenty of drying oak, and some toasted nuts. Pretty enjoyable, but certainly not my favorite Prairie beer.

3
djd07 (16307) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Bottle thanks to Bob! Pours a cloudy brown with a small beige head that leaves spotty lacing. The aroma is raisin and nuts. Light fruit caramel but a bit off in the finish.

3.6
Scopey (16277) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2016 Bottle at Bruce’s, thanks to Leighton. Deep brown with a thick beige head. The nose is earthy, wood, vanilla, toasty coconut, dark fruit, must and leather. The taste is wood, earthy, toast, dirt, lemony sherbet, candied peel, earth, must, pear, apple and dull tartness with a dry finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty alright.


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