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RATINGS: 146   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
2012 vintage 10.0% abv. Earlier 8.75%.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernest (6838) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 15, 2009
Bottle (#246 of 1800). Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting. Body is hazy dark amber/brown, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, toasted grain/bread, cookie), with notes of sugar, raisin, and plum. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic, slightly metallic. A bit simple, but nice. A metallic twang in the finish mars the otherwise pleasant mouthfeel, but that’s probably the only real negative.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - FEB 8, 2009
Tasting @ argo0’s place. Obtained is a trade with kyzr - thanks! 750ml bottle. Hazed copper with an eggshell head. Tart cherry and lots of tannic flavors, lots of booze and raisin. Something bad happened here - infected? Not awful, but not good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - FEB 3, 2009
Bottle @ kp party. Hazy reddish-brown with beige head. Yeasty aroma of biscuit or pie crust, mincemeat, and pecans. Light effervescence but fizzy and prickly. Spicy flavors. More mincemeat, some pepper. Smooth and spicy. Nice, a little on the yeasty side but a solid spiced winter brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
douglas88 (7444) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 15, 2009
750 ml bottle bought in Jackson, Wyoming. Pours a nice ruby color with a thick beige head. The aroma is very nice; some spices, brown sugar and yeast, sweet fruits also. The taste is pretty nice, but mellow; some yeast, cloves, pepper, fruits, and a big fluffy mouthfeel. An easygoing quad, but pretty nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (6817) - Brier, Washington, USA - JAN 11, 2009
capped 750. Thanks, Riverside! Always been curious about this one. Pours opaque and super-dark brown, with ruby highlights. Headless, laceless. Big tart nose, kinda vinous and cheesy. Completely flat. Tart, red-wine-y, fruity mid-palate. Long tart finish. Seems a little overwhelmed by its time in a barrel, and it’s out of balance, but there’s still a lot to like here. It just gets ya.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
DYCSoccer17 (3510) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 10, 2009
750 mL bottle purchased at the Davis Food Co-Op. #62 of 1800. Aroma is weird. There is a light pepperiness with some sweet breadiness. Not overly aromatic or distinctive. Modestly hazy garnet-amber body with a frothy, large tan head. Somewhat sweet, caramel start. The middle of this is kinda boozy. Very metallic, swampy flavor to finish. Plenty of dry, woody flavors are also in there. Not a fan of this at all. Too many off flavors.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (11520) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 7, 2009
750 ml green capped bottle #176 of 1800 poured a clear dark tarnished copper with a lasting amber head. Aromas oftoffee, brown sugar, dark fruit and spice. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a warming finish. Flavors of burnt carmel, brown sugar, plum and spice with a smooth warming lingering spiced sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOLTZ7555 (2985) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 5, 2009
Bottle 282. Beautiful mahogany pour with hints of garnet around the edges and a 2-inch fluffy eggshell head. Aroma is of dark fruit, cocoa, cherry skin, caramel, and molasses. Flavor exhibits a nice nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger spiciness that adds to the brews flavor and complexity. Highly drinkable, medium mouthfeel...a very tasty holiday brew!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Rota, SPAIN - DEC 12, 2008
Bottle 324. Pours a deep plum color from the bomber with a creamy tan head. Definitely looks like a begian quad, but flavors arent quite as dense. Smells and tastes of dark cocoa, dried citrus rind, slight cream, mild hops, cinnamon, and tart cherries. Well balanced and themed for the holidays. probably the best Big Sky beer Ive tried.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (36243) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 6, 2008
22 fl oz bottle. Pours murky orange with a creamy off-white head. Mild milky and slight spiced aroma. Flavour is smooth and slight milky. Mild spiced and light hoppy. Mild spiced and yeasty finish. Light liqourice and spiced yet also smooth caramel malty.

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