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RATINGS: 145   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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2012 vintage 10.0% abv. Earlier 8.75%.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
thedm (5028) - Fort Wayne, USA - APR 19, 2013
This corked and caged bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a head of frothy brown colored bubbles that were very quickly diminishing and left behind a very softly carbonated semi-transparent cola brown colored body and a poor lacing. The mild aroma was spicy. The mouth feel was tingly at the start and strongly tingly at the finish with a lingering spicy aftertaste. The sharp flavor contained notes of old ale sweet and spices. Delicious and one I would certainly like to have again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
novels (424) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2013
I was really into this. Had a great gravity level with well hidden alcohol, brown sugar, clove, banana and earthy, woody notes on taste. Has a great mouth feel, very viscous and balanced. Loved it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
camborne (656) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - FEB 2, 2013
#3068 / 3240 2012 vintage. Nose is sweet. Taste is sweet also. Fruit and maple palate. Boozy aftertaste and finish is brown sugar. Decent sipper but no need to buy again

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
crossovert (8680) - Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2013
Happy I didn’t fork out the 15 or so bucks for this one. IT is a bit like a quad, bit like a dubbel, really nothing special though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CampesinoTino (799) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 9, 2013
Gold Foil Capped 750 ml 2011 Bottle #755/1800. Mahogany colored in appearance with a substantial cap of tan foam. Lots of caramel, figs, prunes and molasses in the aroma as well as some yeast funk around the edges. The taste is loaded up front with notes of brown sugar, raisins, dates and black cherries in addition to some vanilla, maple and allspice notes toward the end. The body is thick and creamy with moderate carbonation while the finish serves up a final dose of malt, dark fruits and booze. Overall, a quality holiday sipping beer that tastes something like a Belgian Strong Dark Ale crossed with a Barley Wine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
portableparty (2010) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 5, 2013
750 ml 2012 bottle. Pours murky dark amber brown with light off white head that fades. Aroma of booze candied burnt sugar malt and subtle faint fruit. Taste is boozy (hot) with dark fruit candied sugar clove and pepper. Palate is slick hot medium feel slick warming finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DalzAle (2002) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Bottle thanks to portableparty! Medium brown pour, a little lacing/carbonation and a medicinal alcohol nose. Flavor is medicinal cherry, heavy malt and a little too much alcohol. Ok.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bacterial (1979) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JAN 5, 2013
Bottle shared by Jeff - thanks! Nose is spicy and malty. Nice mix of malty, candy and spicy Belgian yeast. Pretty hot.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
craftbeerdesign (2215) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 29, 2012
shared bottle. deep ruby pour with a little head. spice filled nose with a pleasant yeast quality with dark fruits. med body with spices and dark fruits. alcohol warmth on the finish with dark cherries and figs.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
poisoneddwarf (1871) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - DEC 24, 2012
750 ml corked and caged bottle, thanks, Brenn79. Vintage 2012, Bottle #1828 of 3240. Love the fucked up label--Rudolph is hanging outside the window, gutted. Pours cloudy amber with a small quickly-collapsing beige head; leaves a consistent ring of foam. Aroma is pretty faint, but I’m getting fruity esters, bread--smells too sweet for my tastes. Taste isn’t as cloying as the aroma let on, but it is sweet. It’s a little watery, boozy, softly carbonated. Not a big fan of this; it seems a little sloppy.

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