Tax Holiday
Taxman Brewing Co.

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Belgian Strong Dark Ale
Ranked #108
Ranked #11,211
4.21 | pDev: 6.89%
Taxman Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States
Very Good
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Notes: Tax Holiday is a creamy, full-bodied, reddish-amber Christmas ale. Chocolate rye creates a rich and spicy malt profile, while Hunter's Farm Buckwheat Honey provides deep color, sparkling dryness and subtle notes of molasses. A blend of Pacific Gem and Saaz hops contribute warm but balanced fruit and oak flavors on the back of the palate. Ringing in at 10.2% ABV, Tax Holiday will be the perfect beer to warm up with on a cold winter's night
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4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I have now quaffed a few beers from Tax Man. They have produced tasty beers from what I have tried. I have this beer and a barrel aged version to try. The beer is 45 degrees and served in a tulip glass. The pour produced a one finger light tan head with a reddish hue. The color of the beer is SRM 24 a deep amber brown color with ruby hues. The clarity of the beer is somewhat opaque. The beer has carbonation and yeast visible. The head dissipated quickly leaving only a creamy ring around the glass. The beer has a satisfactory appearance.

The initial aromas in the beer are cloves and banana, baking spice and a malty sweetness smacked my nose. The beer has toasted malts, bready, crackers, floral, caramel, a touch of toffee, toasted sugar, oranges, and herbal.

The beer is lively with cloves, spicy floral hops, cinnamon, nutmeg, toasted malt, phenolic, bananas, toffee, caramel, toasted sugar, oranges, bready, alcohol, loads of herbal, grassy, and dried cherries.

The mouthfeel is warming and chewy.

The body of the beer is full, medium-low carbonation, and full finish.

The beer has the complex feel of a Belgium but drinks like a gutted car. All the great stuff can be there but is not. I wanted a traditional Belgium beer which I got to a degree. I just kept sipping and wanting more body, more of the Belgium profile. The beer is good but not amazing.

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4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a lightly hazy, medium reddish orange with a half finger light khaki head with that dissipates to patches with slight lacing. Aroma of dry caramel malt, dried and fresh plums, raisins and Belgian yeast. Flavor follows, with dry caramel malt, dried plums, dates, raisins and Belgian yeast. Finishes a little drier with more dates and figs. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A very well made domestic take on the Belgian dark style. Yeast, malt and fruit flavors are all authentic and appealing. ABV well covered, requiring pacing. There is an interesting overcooked caramel flavor in the finish that is very reminiscent of caramelizing sugar. I'm doing business taxes tonight, and this a welcome holiday indeed. I'm trying both this base version and the port barrel one side by side. Despite taxes, life is good.

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4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz 2017 vintage bottle poured into a snifter at just above fridge temp 10.0% ABV (per label). The beer pours medium brown in color with quickly fading khaki head. The head recedes to a thin ring and paper thin island with some lacing. The aroma is faint with sweetness and Belgian yeast. The taste starts with rich dark dried fruit, then chocolate, then spice from the rye and yeast. You catch a little of the honey in the finish. Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied, well carbonated and suitably dry in the finish. No real sign of the 10% in aroma or taste.
Overall, excellent. This is a beer that's hard to review because I enjoy each sip so much, I forget what I'm supposed to be looking for. Recommended.

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Tax Holiday from Taxman Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 16 ratings