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RATINGS: 62   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
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Very dark, very smooth, plenty of hops and lots of malt. Very strong! Available mid December thru SuperBowl.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BillKismet (3360) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 27, 2008
Marvelous rich, deep mahogany color fixed with a tan-browned head. Definitely a PNW take on the style with hop bitterness evident in the aroma along with moderate maltiness and mild melanoidin/malt ball essence. The flavor strikes similar notes. Malt complexity is underdeveloped compared to what is desirable in the style. Alcohol content barely peaks out its neck. Bitter, sour, tannic malt finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BlackDonald (1126) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 18, 2008
This is not a terrible take on the style, but it could have used a little more body and flavor. All the textbook characteristics are there, but just not in a large enough capacity. Some fruitcake and caramel flavors, with a touch of candied fruits, and just a hint of bitterness in the finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 25, 2008
Date: 05/11/2008
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party

Appearance: clear dark red, fine beige head, streaks of drippy lace,
Aroma: sweet dark caramel malt aroma with a touch of candy, light fruity character,
Flavor: sweet dark caramel flavor, light earthyness for balance, touch of fruity character, light smokeyness,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 14/20
Rating: 3.5/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **4

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 11, 2008
Bottle thanks to kyzr: Pours a transparent dark mahogany with a spotty-lacing. Aroma of sweet toasty dark caramel malt and a touch of earthy German hops. Body starts with about average fullness and dark caramely sweet flavor along with some mild bittering hops toward a thinner finish. Decent authenticity, but could be a little thicker.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 11, 2008
Pours an amber brown color with a tan head. Aroma is caramel, apple, some roast, and toffee. Flavor is malty, caramel, apple, toffee, and a bitter peppery finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffMan (7037) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 8, 2008
Deep mahogany red-brown, clear, modest tan head. Low aroma of chocolate and banana, same on the palate, medium bodied, low bitterness. Decent.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerbrat99 (132) - Shanghai, CHINA - JAN 15, 2008
Draft. Pours a dark brown. Tan head with low head retention and low lacing. Aroma of chocolate, ash and slight spice character. Taste of roasted malts, pear brandy with some bitterness in the middle and a semi-sweet finish. The finish is also a bit hot from the noticeable alcohol. A nice doppelbock.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 11, 2007
Poured a deep black-brown body with amber tones in the light. Small ghost of a head. Nose of chocolate, roasted malts. Sweet, milky flavor with a nice robust but slightly thin finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
IndianaRed (2606) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 2, 2007
Bottle poures a deep dark redish brown witha dissapointing thin fizzy head that quickly dissipates. Light roasted carmel and chocolate malt aroma. Slightly spicy light roasted flavor. Woody, a bit sweet and a little cinnamon. Thin and quite soft carbonation. Nice tasting but unsatifying somehow.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mbgrayson (561) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - NOV 17, 2007
UPDATED: APR 16, 2008 I really like this dark, seasonal brew from Missoula. Not much head...rich taste. High alcohol level (alc. content 7.8 - 8.4% vol). Only available from November thru February. Calories abt. 300, (based on Sam Adams Double Bock).


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