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RATINGS: 1147   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The combination of Cherries, Honey, and Chocolate Malts delivers gentle fruits and subtle spices. Fermented and aged with a unique yeast , this ruby red beer has significant warming strength that underlies the character of this Ale.

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4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
joebagnell (6) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 10, 2007
Very strong, but also very drinkable. there are some very complex and interesting flavors in this beer. One of the best seasonal beers i’ve tried.


3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
jc1762 (960) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 4, 2016
Thanks altonbrownd for the bottel! Poured into a snifter showing well filtered dark brown with brown leather quickly dissipating foam. The nose shows a lot of honey with a bed of tart cherries. The palate is moderately carbonated and full bodied. Honey forward flavor that integrates well with the malts and bing cherries in the background. Not bad but not great. Slightly cloying towards end.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wxman (1756) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2016
Pours a clear dark garnet brown with a full small bead pale tan head. Aroma is dried dark fruit caramel and a bit of alcohol. Taste is sweet roasted malt, dried dark fruit, caramel, licorice and molasses. Almost cloyingly sweet with ABV noticable after the swallow. Very smooth and delicious.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ordybill (1452) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - NOV 25, 2016
Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. very boozy smell and taste. this distorted the rest of the flavors. An ok beer. Seems over hyped to me.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cobaink2 (480) - seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 20, 2016
2015 vintage. Upon opening a bit of off flavors and maybe a bit of vinager. Once you stit down with it there is little carbonation. Flavor notes of cinimon stick, 5 spice, Molassesand brow sugar . Not bad but could be better.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rentonj7 (230) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 4, 2016
Deep red amber with minimal head. Nose is cherry, honey, mulled spices. Taste is Christmas - warming spices, thick honey, cherry tartness, slightly medicinal. Syrupy mouthfeel. I’m sure there are "better" takes on whatever this style is but it’s good and the holidays are made for nostalgia. Look forward to it every year.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Panzuriel (2003) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - JUN 24, 2016
Location: 12 oz bottle from Christmas beer exchange Appearance: Rich honey amber. Slightly hazy. Fine to no foam. Nose: Rich sweet malt. Stone fruit. Hints of spice. Candied caramel. Taste: Sweet candied fruit and honey. Alcohol evident. Touch of spice. Body: Thicker and maybe approaching syrupy. Parting thoughts: A very weighty but tasty winter beer. a decent winter warmer for sure.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Claves77 (260) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2016
Aged 3 years. Spicy strong alcohol smell. Beautiful deep amber color, little head. Strong upfront and lasting palate.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CanIHave4Beers (4054) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUN 6, 2016
Shout out to mydude DurhamBeer for sending this... oh a good long while ago (going on 3 years, maybe)... Either way I intended to rate it during Christmastime, now it’s June... and it’s time.
Pours a deep reddish brown with a small head.

At this point this smells like an aged beer, bits of oxidation are becoming prevalent and the sweet rich maltiness is very big. It’s reasonably fruity without much deliberate spice apparent anymore. Only lightly boozy on the nose with some sweet cherries and a good bit of tootsie roll.

The flavor still seems pretty darn festive, again not much in the way of intended spice, but there’s a bunch of pear and cherry with a huge rich malty character that’s more on the toffee end than the chocolate end, although there is some chocolate hanging out in the background.
Even at this age, the sucker is showing that 11% off pretty darn apparently, which in a beer like this is not out of line, but yes, it’s boozy... it’s also sweet although for all the sweeter elements going on here it does work a pretty nice bit of balance. As it warms some vanilla starts to show up which I think is just exactly what’s needed here.

fun, but I should really try one fresh some time.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oldrtybastrd (5002) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 13, 2016
Pours a deep golden copper orange color. Aromas of grains, fruit, and a little spice. Flavor is sweet with a nice bitter hop touch.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GSH1976 (307) - Delaware, USA - FEB 27, 2016
Pours a very clear dark amber with little head. Aroma is cherries (but not fresh cherries but more like cherry cough syrup), yeast, cloves and alcohol. Taste is artificial cherry, some Belgian yeast, alcohol, and spice with a noticeable tartness. It is borderline syrupy. The only reason to buy this is the abv because there are much better beers in this style.


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