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RATINGS: 112   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%.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BlackForestCO (976) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - MAR 17, 2009
Bottle shared by Crosling. Poured a deep crimson-brown color with ruby highlights and a thick, dense beige head that faded to a thick later that left some spotty lacing. Aroma of caramel, brown sugar, light butterscotch, some light yeastiness, and hints of fig and raisin. Smooth, moderately sweet entry with some caramel maltiness, light brown sugar, and a moderate yeastiness with some dryness paired with a light plum and grape and even a soft smokiness. Moderate carbonation and nice mouthfeel. Overall, an above average beer, but it lacks so subtle complexity that makes great quads great.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - MAR 17, 2009
Pros: Naturally carbonated giving a nice appearance to the ale. Caressing body is very nice.

Cons: Doesnít have much depth or concentration. Itís not a complex ale, not a lot of definition, not much to describe.

While a beer of high quality, I feel the brewery could make some improvements on the recipe.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pinkzambia (1427) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 17, 2009
Bottle: Brown color with a tan ring head. Aroma of brown sugar and flavors of apples and brown paper bags. Actually, pretty good.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jake65 (2588) - Williston, North Dakota, USA - MAR 15, 2009
Bottle: A muddy caramel pour with a bi beige head. Soft and fruity smell. Malty and fruity, but a little dry. Taste profile is more malty than anything. Rather sweet with a little vinous fruits and toffee. Some hints of the abv poke through. Thanks to tytoanderso for sending this one.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (6715) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 2, 2009
Bottle #69/1800. Dark ruby beer with a big light tan head. Aroma of dark fruits and malt. Rich caramel/toffee malt flavor with light yeast and raisins/figs. Medium-plus bodied. Dark fruits linger with caramel toffee and some light earthiness.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
marcus (6318) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 28, 2009
This copper ale poured with a massive beige head flecked with brown. The aroma is like toasted raisin bread. There flavor is odd. Itís sort of sweet and sort of bitter, with a warming alcohol trail. I am trying to like this one, but itís hard. Itís so unique but the tastes are not entirely pleasant.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernest (6143) - 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 thatís probably the only real negative.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - FEB 8, 2009
Tasting @ argo0ís 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beershine (5201) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
douglas88 (5789) - 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.


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