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RATINGS: 1428   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
The Reverend, was created in tribute to the life of Sales Mgr. Tom Boogaard's grandfather, an ordained Episcopal Reverend. Tom was inspired by the life of his grandfather and wanted to create a tribute beer that contained his sterling traits. True to both our "small brewery, BIG BEERS" philosophy and to the spirit and character of the departed Reverend, this beer is strong willed, assertive, and pure of heart, a heart of candy sugar. It contains as many authentic imported Belgian specialty malts as the brewers could cram into our mash tun, and lots of Belgian dark candy sugar stirred into the brew kettle. A divinely complex and beautifully layered beer with hints of dark cherries, currants, and molasses, complimented by an underlying spiciness. Sinfully smooth considering the high alcohol content. Cellarable for 4 years.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - FEB 12, 2005
I knew it. I didn’t read about this first, I just kept tasting Candy. Porued a drity orane, cloudy. Small tan head that did not last too long. Yeast aroma. some fruit. taste was all cany! not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (6378) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - FEB 10, 2005
Bottle: Sweet banana aroma. Transparent amber with a white head. Lots of banana in the flavor that intensifies in the finish. Some citrus in the background. Light alcohol in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 31, 2005
Holy candi sugar. Big in the aroma, and the taste? Yea a lot of candi sugar and alcohol. Not to say it wasn’t nice, because it was. Alcohol does not offend. It works for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - JAN 30, 2005
Just my kind of beer. Almost like a Belgian barleywine, but lighter. GREAT flavors of clove and dried fruits. When I’m in the mood, nothing else will suffice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wyntastr (10) - Florida, USA - JAN 29, 2005
Another night at the shop, another good beer to close with. The Reverend pours a deep copper color with a smooth, fine white head. First impression is the clovelike aroma, perhaps notes of cinnamon; definitely a Belgian nose. Tasting brings about a coating mouthfeel probably from the addition of candy sugar in the mash tun. Nice flavor bordering on the sweet side, almost too sweet. Not a session beer for sure. Would be nice to sip on in front of a fireplace on a cold night.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 29, 2005
Bottle, several vintages sampled at the Extreme Beer Fest, this rating comprises a mix of those. Aging only mildy affects this brew, only the level of spice really changes. Young, the spices stand out. Very sweet, minimal hops, medium malty body, candi sugar all the way, subtle yeasty flavor as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 25, 2005
Hazy dark amber body, short-lived white ehad. Bread dough, pumpkin pie spice in the sweet aroma. Sweet clovey flavor - sugared donuts, pepper spice with a healthy alcohol burn in the finish. The beer has some nice maltiness but they’re not that complicated, and the alcohol is distracting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
obisbeer (568) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JAN 24, 2005
Light golden amber w/little or nos head. Malt, lots of hops and some cherry on the nose. Rich mouthfeel with sweetness up front and a dry finish. Cherry malt, some piney hops, and lots of roasted flavors. Not bad at all, in fact damn fine!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BCAR (222) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2005
Deep reddish amber. Beautiful color. Quickly dissipating head. Very sweet alochol aroma laced with apples and spices. Nice malty flavor with a good alcohol presence. Finish could be longer, but overall a very nice selection.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 21, 2005
a dark copper color w/ a nice white head made up of larger bubbles and dissapating quickly. smells of malts and cherries a hint of pepper as well... a nice complex aroma a carbonated, creamy palate that felt great going down. The taste is complex a bit sweet hints of alcohol over overly sweet almost a touch bitter on the tongue almost a bit overpowering in the flavor and not totally in a good way.. it improves a bit w/ temp.. and might be good to let age.

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