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Holidale | Breckenridge Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Breckenridge Brewery
Colorado, United States
breckbrew.com

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Ale aged in whiskey barrels. Contacted the brewery on Facebook and they confirmed that it is their Christmas Ale aged in Stranahan's Whiskey barrels.

Bottles individually numbered. Only 480 bottles made.

Added by JMBSH on 12-31-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#13,142
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
48
pDev:
7.69%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
12
Trade:
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Ratings: 48 |  Reviews: 12
Photo of Brutaltruth
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An excellent brew from a great brewery.
This fine ale pour a clear reddish mahogany with a nice head
of off white foam that subsides to a thick ring, thin pool, and features
light sudsy lacing. Nose of bourbon, oak, vanilla, breaded raisin laden
loaf of brown sugar touched bread, and some light notes of stone fruits
IE cherries. Flavors hit the perfect balance and follow of the nose with
dark breaded sweet brown sugar topped raisin loaf and serious whiskey
which as usual has the suspects lined up with oak, vanilla, and booze that is
lightly touched by cherries and a subtle zesty hop note. Excellent mouth feel;
medium full body, warming, smooth, and finishing with a sweet bourbon
warmth.

Overall, this one one fine strong ale that is close to a barely wine.

Also of note, the newer bottles read 10.3 on the ABV.
NOT 8.8.

Nice!

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Photo of token_23223
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jmg480
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a dark red orange with a thin off-white head that dissipates into patches and a thick ring around the glass with light lacing. Aroma of dark caramel and bready malt, whiskey, brown bread and light oak. Flavor is sweet caramel malt, vanilla, oak, hints of holiday spice and nuts. Thins out quite a bit into the finish, but leaves lingering whiskey and oaky vanilla. Medium bodied, a bit lighter than typical for the style with active carbonation. The flavor starts out great, with lots of malt, whiskey and good vanilla barrel character, but attenuates quickly, with surprisingly little malt in the middle and finish. Fortunately, the residual flavors that linger are nice whiskey and oak, so the malt, while not forward is quite supportive. Lighter than expected, but with great flavor profile. A nicely made holiday barreled ale.

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Photo of osuskin
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of PhillyB
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I got this beer several months after its run came out and was on sale for three bucks per bomber. I would happily have paid maybe five or six.

Look: Not spectacular. Dark amber in color, and a plentiful tan head that disappears quickly.

Smell: Bready with hints of sweetness.

Taste: Exceptional. Homemade bread with hints of bourbon/whiskey.

Feel: Smooth, almost slick. Not quite as full bodied as a stout, but more so than the average ale.

Overall: Exactly as it says on the bottle. A well made ale with whiskey characteristics.

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Photo of superspak
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, 2015 vintage bottling. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy deep reddish copper color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, brown bread, toasted oak, whiskey, coconut, raisin, plum, apple, light chocolate, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, whiskey barrel, and light-moderate fruity yeast ester notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, brown bread, toasted oak, whiskey, coconut, raisin, plum, apple, light chocolate, and yeast/oak earthiness. Light herbal bitterness and whisky/oak spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, toasted brown bread, whiskey, coconut, raisin, plum, apple, light chocolate, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, whiskey barrel, and light-moderate fruity yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/oak spiciness balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/silky, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is awesome. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome English strong ale style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, whiskey barrel, and light-moderate fruity yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and easy to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of imbuckeye
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WritersBlock
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NealioATX
4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Odysseyalien
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Texasfan549
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Eeustace
3.24/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 57md
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours the color of chestnuts roasting on an open fire with a thin layer of head. The whiskey notes are upfront in both the nose and the flavor profile. The whiskey flavor gives the entire offering a slight sweetness on the finish.

The maltiness is a bit light to carry the whiskey. Also, I'd think that a sweeter whiskey barrel (read, bourbon) might make for a "warmer" offering.

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Photo of einman
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AdamAlway
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful redish brown, rootbeer like, with little to no head. The whiskey overwhelms the smell. The taste is what you'd expect after that strong whiskey smell, but it is balanced nicely with malt. Very light on the palate. If you enjoy whiskey, this beer is for you. I believe they could have done a lot more to add complexity.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Breckenridge 25th Anniversary snifter.

Look: A rather bright, mahogany colored body with a quickly receding khaki colored head. Nothing remains, no lacing.

Aroma: Strong whiskey notes. Oaky, woody. Sweet malt layered under all of the wood.

Taste: Behind the obvious whiskey barrel taste lies a sweet, almost coconut taste. The beer warms and gets a little spicier with cinnamon notes also.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, dry yet smooth.

Overall: I didn't like this at first but it grew on me as it warmed.

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Photo of alcohline_trip
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Haybeerman
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smithj4
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bubbawilly88
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wizzle32
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hozersr
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wheels2532
3.74/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Holidale from Breckenridge Brewery
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 48 ratings
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