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Old 12-14-2012, 12:32 AM   #21
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Hhhhmmmm....kegged this up last night and while the cherry flavor is there, it really seemed to be missing the vanilla and cinnamon flavor (used 1 vanilla pod, squeezed out the guts and tossed in the chopped pod and three whole, broken into larg-ish bits, cinnamon sticks)

It'll sit in the keg for a bit before another sampling, we'll see what that does to the flavor. Although my wife, who hates beer, took a taste and said that this was the best beer she's ever tasted and that she might even consider a glass when it's ready.



 
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Old 12-28-2012, 02:06 PM   #22
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Just thought I would add that I am cold crashing a bottle of this to sample and will be imbibing this evening. I am excited to see how it turned out. The sample before bottling was very promising. Some tart cherry notes followed by a warm spicy wave of alcoholic comfort.

I will try to remember to post a review once I have cracked it open. This was the extract version, not the AG, just to keep it straight.

Cheers.


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Old 11-08-2013, 09:29 AM   #23
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Old 11-08-2013, 04:06 PM   #24
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Wow I forgot about this thread.

The Bad Santa is long gone. It took a lot longer to age into perfection than anticipated. That bottle I had at the end of last year was uncarbed and really syrupy.

It didn't hit its stride until late summer of this year. Had I saved some it would perfect for the holiday season this year.
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Old 11-12-2013, 05:38 AM   #25
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Would you recommend it? I'm very intrigued by the idea of a strong scotch ale as the base for a spiced Christmas beer. A bit wary of the dried cherries, however. Not a fan of mad elf...

 
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Old 07-11-2015, 10:55 AM   #26
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Any thoughts on using a Belgian yeast in this? Thinking maybe 1214 or 1762, start of making a 6%-7% ABV Dubbel and use part of that yeast cake on this.



 
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