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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - FEB 20, 2004
Massive rotten figs, spices, sugar, and alcohol dominate. i sensed the alcohol all the way through, and it was a little too sweet for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - FEB 18, 2004
Medium amber-red color. Alcohol on the nose then settles to a fruity aroma. Suprisenly smooth, sweet but not overbearing. Slightly bitter with the malt and hops blending well together. Sweetness continues to the aftertaste. Drinkable but not an easy drinking beer? I have a sweetooth but the syrupy aspect ways in too much. A nice after dinner beer though. Still, definitely sip at your own leasure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2004
Sweet fruity smell, seemingly raspberry underlying it. Dark red color to it with a thin, almost non-existant, white head. Flavor is strong on the malt goodness and over all sweetness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - FEB 12, 2004
Pours an orange color, almost no head, and the lacing is nothing to write home about. Aroma is mostly malty and sweet, some hop notes as well. The flavor is too sweet, thankfully there are some hops to wash the syrup from the tongue. Almost seems like a slight Belgian twist to an IPA, and I'm not sure that it works.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - FEB 7, 2004
Glowing red/oarnge. Thin head,leaves nice ring. Malty,sugar,yeasty,alcoholic aroma. Palate is very thick,quite syrupy. Very sweet:malty,spicy,sugar flavors. Luckily,quite a noticeable hop content cuts the sweetness,a bit in the finish.Not really a favorite of mine,way too much sugary sweet for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 7, 2004
Clear, mahogany pour with a rocky head and nice spotty lacing. Coriander or clove, yeast, some fruits, maybe bitter orange, and some alcohol in the nose. Flavor is mostly composed of the spices mentioned before, some more of the bitter orange, some yeast, a touch of earth, and alcohol. Sweet malts in the flavor as well. Fairly thick body, thin syrup palate and finishes with citrus and bitter hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2004
Red-orange body with white head that disappears quickly. Some berry scent in the nose with spice and citrus. Flavor is sweet and syrupy. Very rewarding.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - JAN 26, 2004
2003 Bottle: Pours dark orange with a disappearing tan head. Nice aroma of yeast, caramel and Belgian candy sugar. Flavor is a little sweet for me but still good. Alcohol is well masked. Very nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 18, 2004
Bottled, I believe from 2002. Sparkly orangish-red clear body, medium lasting head. Looks kinda reminiscent of a Flemish sour to me. Strong sweet cherry/strawberry nose, pleasant if you want to smell fruit syrup but not very beerlike at all. Flavor also extremely sweet, but a bit of hop bitterness does cut into the honeyed fruit dominance. Thick, rather cloying; hints of smokiness towards the end. Drinkable, but doubt I would ever buy it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 8, 2004
This is a ok Belgian stron Ale. Caramel, sweet, and hoppy flavor. Finishes sweet, smooth, and creamy.

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