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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.45/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   EST. CALORIES: 306   ABV: 10.2%
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Lots of dried fruit in the nose, hints of dates and raisins, sweet malt profile with traces of underlying booze, lingering notes of fruit and spice, smooth finish.


3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
gsmitty80 (1794) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 12, 2014
Great sweet and a bit tart winter ale that has good alcohol. Enjoyable from the fist sip to the last.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (4730) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 18, 2014
Rich deep dark brown coloured body with a little ruby and copper tint and a nice, two centimetre tall tan head. Aroma of bright english hops, a ton of pit fruits, some yeast and basement must and a lot of deep nuts and caramelised sugars. Full-bodied; Strong pit fruit flavours with a lot of nuts and earth, some mellow yeast and a touch of cherries with a light hop note at the very end. Aftertaste shows a good blend of malt and hops with a lot of earth and nuts, some pit fruits and a touch of deep bitterness. Overall, a nice strong ale with some nutty and earthy flavours and a good deal of bitterness. I sampled this pint on draught at Ironhorse Tap Room in Washington, DC on 23-December-2013.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nimbleprop (4869) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 12, 2013
4oz sample at Churchkey’s 3 Stars 1st Anniversary event. Pours a hazy, caramel amber with one ring of clumpy, beige head. Nose is a mix of booze, chocolate, tropical fruit, caramel, pear. Boozy flavor, can sugar, rum, spice, nail polish, malt, caramel, a little vanilla. Full, spicy finish. A little hot. Seems a bit out of proportion.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (9681) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - AUG 10, 2013
Tap at Churckey (labelled as aged in Maker’s Mark barrels). Pours clear tawny with a medium, frothy off-white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is bourbon, caramel and cookie malt, dates and earthy hops. Flavor is booze, sweet malt, light hops and bitterness with dates and a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mansquito (3385) - Nueva York, New York, USA - MAR 17, 2013
Pizzeria Paradiso, Georgetown tap ($6): Pours a murky brownish color with a small head. Aroma is a whole bunch of different fruit flavors. Taste is pretty much dates, plums, and whatever other similar such fruits beer vaguely tastes like, along with plenty of malt. There is very little hop character, as this beer is a mostly a malt monster. Easy to drink and alcohol is well-covered although there is a hint of booze in the aroma.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nuplastikk (4391) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 10, 2012
Growler at DC tasting. Red-amber, thick beige head. Aggressively sweet, los of booze soaked dark fruit. Raisin, plum, prune. A sort of odd creature, piny sticky finish, but not so much hop character. OK. Mellow aroma.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BVery (6191) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2013 Tap at Churchkey. Rich reddish amber pour with a smaller head. Dark fruit sweetness, bourbon and oak, full palate. Excellent. The menu here says its aged on Makers Mark bourbon soaked oak staves.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11520) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Growler, thanks Travlr. Small off-white head, clear garnet body. Aroma is moderately sweet, plum, cherry, some caramel. Taste is sweet, cherry, caramel, plum, light alcohol. Sticky medium-full body, low carbonation. Very much an English barleywine.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (4622) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Growler shared by Travlr. Thanks! Poured a ruby red color, with a wispy white head. Aroma is toffee, caramel notes, some additional sweetness in there. Creamy toffee notes, caramel notes. Alcohol is a bit noticeable, but expected considering 10.2%. Very nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Huhzubendah (2511) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Growler shared by Travlr. Thanks Gene! The beer appears a hazy mahogany hue with a small head. The aroma brings dark fruits, booze, toffee, caramels, brown sugar, dates, raisins. The flavor is complex, albeit a bit sweet and boozy. Though I don’t gravitate toward this style often, I found this rather enjoyable, and even went back for a second small pour. Medium bodied with lingering notes of chewy caramels. Fairly low carbonation. A solid beer.


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