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RATINGS: 148   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
2012 vintage 10.0% abv. Earlier 8.75%.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
reebtogi (5071) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 12, 2014
330ml bottle pours black in color with a 2 finger white head that leaves very little lacing behind. Aroma is dates or raisins with some chocolate and light roasted grains. Taste is a dark fruit and chocolate malty sweetness with a light hop bitterness and finishing with mild alcohol on the tongue. A little light in body for the style and lightly carbonated. Would be better if there was more substance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kbudd19 (911) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 6, 2014
Bottle. Dark brown with a finger of white creamy head. Aroma is corn syrup, apricot, dates, and spices. Taste is mild spices, followed by sugary sweetness, dates, finish is mild spice and has a bit of heat, carbonation is high, mouthfeel is a bit thin for such a big beer. Really nice beer, lots of nice spice, perfect for a cold winter night.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DuffMan (8318) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 4, 2014
750ml bottle #2037 of 3240, 2012 vintage, shared with Dave. Cloudy amber brown with golden highlights and a reluctant low head. Estery caramel, spicy, a tad musty, low carbonation. I donít think this bottle aged well, despite having been stored properly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ljthiessen (901) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 2, 2014
Bottle. Clear brown pour with a thin light beige head. Dark fruit and a touch of vanilla in the nose. Full-flavoured and a little boozy, figs and raisin notes, not much hop presence, and a touch of yeast.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ferris (8937) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 15, 2014
Bottle - Caramel and light spice. Deep clear maroon with a rich beige head. Lots of spice, a bit of booze and malty. Finish is a bit nutty and a little cocoa with a touch of booze.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (10001) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 14, 2014
Sample at Denver Rare Beer Tasting VI on 10/03/2014. Hazy dark amber color with a medium foamy light beige head that recedes steadily. Small patches of lacing. Aroma of spices, wood and malt. Full-bodied with flavors of sweet malt, banana, cloves and yeast. The finish is sweet with a spice and fruit aftertaste. Decent overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Smurf2055 (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 10, 2014
2008 Pours near opaque, big beige head, little retention Smell smooth coco, red fruit Taste more coco and red fruit Sweet without being cloying, mid body Nice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgb9348 (5231) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - FEB 9, 2014
2012 Vintage // Bottle 1126 of 3240: Rich brown coloured body with a nice copper tint and a very thin tan head, all on top of a beautiful ruby and violet tint when held up to a light. Aroma of alcohol, oak, vanilla, brown sugar, cognac, whiskey and the strongest bit - figs. Medium-bodied; Relatively thin (for the style) with a big caramelised sugar flavour of pit fruits, toffee and just plain brown sugar. Aftertaste shows a good balance of malt, oak, dryness and the sugars with no bitterness at all, just a hint of alcohol bite, but not like most in this style. Overall, a nice beer that tastes more of a dubbel than a quadruple - but good, not excellent. Missing a bit of the carbonation and deep complexity, but this was nice. Iím glad I drank this after only a single year of aging, iím thinking that in another yearís time, there will be no flavours at all - just mellowness. I sampled this 75 cL bottle purchased exactly one year earlier at Bottleworks in Seattle, Washington [state] on 10-February-2013 for US$14.99 sampled at home in the real Washington on 10-February-2014. Note that my bottle says 10% alcohol and is not the same as pictured - a different label and a caged top, not a swing top.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BelgianBeerGal (3500) - Panama City, Florida, USA - OCT 29, 2013
Traded 2008 bottle, #283 of 1800. This was a fairly typical quad in aroma dark malt and a hint of spice. The flavor is interesting because I swear it starts out just like Pepsi, just for a split second. Then it mellows into some dark fruit. The finish falls a little flat with some odd bitterness. Fine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (4955) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 23, 2013
750ml bottle in a tulip. Pours ruby/brown with a lacy, beige head. Aroma of spicy yeast, dark fruits, some caramel malts with hints of toffee, and a light bitterness. Flavor a nice blend of everything. Average to smooth texture. A decent American interpretation of this style.

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