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RATINGS: 114   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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2012 vintage 10.0% abv. Earlier 8.75%.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlackDonald (1126) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 20, 2008
GABBF 08 - This was absolutely beautiful. Exactly what I look for in a holiday style. this was really big and boozy, but still well balanced. Lots of dark fruits, and brown candi sugar notes. Some slightly sweet toffee maltiness, and also some wood tannins. I had to go back for a couple more sample of this and the blue hair.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - APR 17, 2008
750mL bottle, courtesy of Immy. Thanks, Tim! Pours a murky, reddish-brown color; thin off-white head with patchy lacing. Boozy aroma, showing plenty of red fruits, dried fruits, and sticky candy sugar. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: tons of boozy dried red fruits, slight tartness; pitty red fruits and mildly tannic; lots of stuff going on but a muddied expression and plenty of alcohol coming through. Lengthy finish, showing lingering cherries, dried fruits, and a touch of brown sugar.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
3fourths (8103) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 17, 2008
Dark red/plum colored body with a small filmy head with large bubbles forming at the edge of the glass. Flavor is insanely boozy, not like a 15-20% beer would be, but more of an unbalanced, completely out of place and unnecessary vodka note stuck in the middle of what would otherwise be a decent beer. But instead it’s hot, sharp, boozy, and sweet… it’s just an absolute mess. Sticky cherry pits and such are in there, some chewy malt as well, but overall there’s just semi-moldy cherry flavored cheap booze all over this thing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rusty (1536) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - APR 14, 2008
Pours a cloudy deep brown with 3 fingers of light brown head. Wow, this has a fruity aroma. Aroma of caramel, wood, spices and toffee are all distinguishable as well. Flavor of fruits, sugars, toffee, yeast, malt, nutmeg and some woodiness. Very complex flavor profile, I’m really digging it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (9018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 14, 2008
Bottle acquired in trade. Poured a deeper amberish / orange color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of roastiness, toasted caramel, wood, and some dark fruits. Tastes of dark fruits, vanilla, lighter wood, spices, and toasted caramel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
egajdzis (5365) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2008
Poured a murky maroon color with a thin, off white head, that left minimal lacing on the glass. Aroma of dried fruits, caramel, toasted dough, light spices, and alcohol. Taste of dark fruits, more toast, some toffee, light spices, with yeast, and a bit of alcohol in the finish. Kind of thin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
unclemattie (4223) - Georgia, USA - APR 3, 2008
750ml bottle. Hazy brown. Aroma of fruit and spice. A bready dubble. Cherries, nutmeg. This is a great Quad! Mellow. Nice wood aged presence.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (12723) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 22, 2008
Golden-brown colour. Big nose - wood, deep chewy and dark sugary malts. Fruits are slightly caramelized. The body is a little to the soft side, sugary, with a light alcohol finish. Burnt fruits come in...a little simple for a beer this size, IMO.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bfeldmann (1048) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAR 17, 2008
Good brew from Big Sky. Poured was a nice brown color with good size head. Aroma was oaky dark fruits and something else. Flavor was much the same, vanilla oak was strong and lots of fruits. Good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 9, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2009
Date: March 07, 2008
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party
Appearance: brown, frothy beige head, bits of lace
Aroma: sweet dark fruit aroma with a lot of spicyness and a vanilla sweetness, upon warming picks up a fruity tartness
Body: creamy body
Flavor: lots of sweet fruity flavor balanced with a light fruity tartness, nice oaky bitterness, caramel sweetness comes in to rebalance, nice array of spicyness

Date: January 03, 2009
Mode: bottle
Source: tasting
sweet and spicy with none of the prior tartness but a nice oakyness

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.7/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **4

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