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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 3.51/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Our winter seasonal is available from mid October to February. Hoppy Holidays is the beer that started it all. Matt used to brew with winter ale on his stovetop at Christmas time for friends and family. Deep, rich, and flavorful; this ale will keep you warm on cold winter nights. Chocolate malt and aggressive hop additions provide a unique character that will linger.

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3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcberko (16652) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 9, 2012
On tap at The Burgundian Tavern, pours a dark amber / brown with a small beige head. Aroma of holiday spices, citrusy hops and roasted malt, like a spicy black IPA. Flavour is very similar, with the spice more dominant than the black IPA component character. There are some chocolate and candied notes in there as well. Solid stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (14897) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 12, 2013
Bomber from Malt & Vine. Pours clear darkly copper/brown with a very slight beige head. Aroma of dark roasty malt with hints of chocolate and something suggesting hop. Near full bodied. Flavor is roasty, a little nutty, has some chocolate, and theres some bitter which could be hop. The malt flavor is pretty dominant, so its hard to pick out a hop type. Still, this stuff isnt all that sugary, and theres bitter in the finish. Pretty drinkable stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (14386) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 25, 2013
Bomber poured a clear reddish brown with a lasting tan head. Aromas of cocoa, carmel, toasted malt, earthiness and hints of citrus and pine. Palate was medsium bodied and smooth. Flavors of cocoa, carmel, earthiness and a hint of pine with a smooth lingering cocoa finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (12640) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 12, 2013
Sample at the brewpub. The beer is a dark reddish-amber color with a medium thin off-white head that dissipates steadily. Small patches of lacing on the glass. Aroma of roast malt, chocolate and hops. Medium-bodied with flavors of sweet malt, caramel and earthy hops. The finish is malty up front with a hoppy aftertaste. Above average overall.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (11487) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JUL 21, 2016
leftover from a BOTB winter order. Still fairly hoppy - spicy and bitter with a firm chocolaty malt backbone and a robust body.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (7956) - Brier, Washington, USA - OCT 16, 2012
22. Pours a murky dark ebony with a dense and creamy tan mousse that fades quickly. Big roasty chocolate and herbal hop nose, really nailed the combo--bitier than an impy stout, sweeter than a black ipa. Creamy thick body with soft carb. Sweet heavy chocolate mid palate with a long creamy sweet chocolate finish. But still maintains its presence as a balanced strong ale, rather than as the impy that the descriptors might suggest.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - FEB 17, 2009
Draft@ Brouwers Cafe. Clear copper with a tan head. Nice spicy sweet brown and caramel malt aromas. Medium body. Decent earthy nutty malt flavors with some caramel and spice. Not too bad.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 24, 2012
Draught @ Brouwers Cafe: Deep ruby, copper hues, moderate pillowy light beige head, nice lacing. Soft cocoa nose, a little bit of toasted malt, a bit nutty. Smells like a big Brown Ale. Big notes of cocoa and nuts on the tongue, malty, yeah... very much like a big Brown Ale. Smooth, albeit body and mouthfeel are moderate. Has a bit of biscuit on the exit. Its like an English Strong crossed with a big Brown Ale. Fairly tasty, even if a little unexciting.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VastActiv (6479) - Oulu/Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 12, 2013
Tap at Baileys Taproom, Portland. Colour is dark brown with small creamy white head. Aromas and flavours: Fruits, some sweetness, hints of hops, roastiness and malts. Not bad.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (6260) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 29, 2008
Dark brown pour with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malt and woody earthy hops. DRy roasted malt flavor with big earthy bitterness. Flavors of wood, herbs, and funk are imparted by the hops. Was very dry both from the roast and hops. I found this to be very enjoyable. I would like to try their IPA.


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