Chalumeaux (1374) - Middleton, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 11, 2017
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle pours dark red/ maroon color with some off white head retention. Aroma of plums, cherry skins, honey, and light traces of cinnamon. The flavor is a exact duplicate of the aroma and the alcohol is hidden well but provides a slight warming after the sip. A nice winter warmer.
Pintofjoe29 (34) - Dingman Ferry, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2017
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle into snifter. Pours a nice ruby with minimal head and lacing. Aroma of Belgian yeast, sugary sweetness, and booze. Tastes of medicinal cherry, root beer, cloves, and your typical Belgian yeast notes. The 11% is definitely warming me up. Overall this is good, but my mind isn’t blown
Lowe1983 (1566) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2017
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a amber color with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet with dark fruits, caramel malts, banana, and some alcohol. Stone cherry tartness comes out on the flavor with the dark fruits and caramel malts. Tiny bit of warming on the finish as well.
BroadestTom (427) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2017
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma wheat, honey, spices,
Appearance amber, red, clear, white foam, tan foam,
Taste medium sweetness,
Palate light body, medium body,
Overall a sweet holiday beer that is very deceptive when it comes to the alcohol. One of my favorite "Christmas" beers. I would suggest this beer to a friend.
beern (68) - Alabama, USA - DEC 28, 2016
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours ruby red with a one finger off-white head with an aroma of honey and mild mahogany. Tastes sweet of cherries & malt and a mild honey finish with hidden alcohol.
Jared_Clifton (125) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 24, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours amber red. Malty, lots of cherry flavor, honey and spices. Slight alchocol burn. Top christmas beer out there.
jb (3136) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 23, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hot damn this is righ on. Totally nailed belgian dark strong. The nose of dark fruit, the appearance of dark clear orange, the palate with the totally hidden booze and thick mouthfeel and palate. A big winner, true to style (though mislabeled on ratebeer).
jsquire (4332) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - DEC 23, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This pours a jewel-like garnet color out of the bottle with only the barest of off white heads. There is a lot of booziness to this beer, both in the nose and the flavor. The nose has some tart cherry notes along with the alcohol. Cherry and plum fruitiness with lots of brown sugar and some molasses sweetness. And the alcohol. This is a little hot for me.
Bricks (1074) - Delaware, USA - DEC 18, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance a nice reddish brown, but lifeless. Smell is sweet malt, licorice.. almost like a bad Christmas candy. Taste of malty licorice sweetness, a bit of an awkward spice on the backend.
jc1762 (1165) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 4, 2016
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.