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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 19, 2009
Bottle: pours a mix of crimson and and smokey quartz, the head is glacier like..super thick, glassy, icey, mountainous...lacy...sexxxy. smells of caramel, chocolate cake, raisins, toffee, and butter. Very inviting and sweet & dessertish nose. Musty and somewhat metallic intro to flavors...notes of nuts, toffee, and intricate weavings of complex caramel. The mouthfeel is somewhat cluttered and flat feeling notwithstanding the adequate carbonation. Bitterness seems very present for the style, which maybe contributing to the mouthfeel situation. Flavors are nice though, they really got some good stuff out of those malts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
playitbybeer (118) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 19, 2009
Pours a translucent reddish orange with a healthy head that sits on top of the beer like a crown. Smells like buttered popcorn, butterscotch, and buttered rum...butter. Taste is smooth like butter on hot toast, kind of floral, and warming. Iím not really in the mood to describe the abundance of flavors and feelings Iím currently experiencing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
iowaherkeye (2699) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - AUG 21, 2009
7550mL bottle, no date (975 of 1800) from Ledgerís. Clear copper orange with a 1 1/2 finger beige head, pretty good retention. Aroma of figs, some raisins, brown sugar up front with molasses and some spicy Belgian yeast behind. The flavor adds some chocolate notes and faint dry roast. Sweet caramel tends to dominate, though thereís a lot going on. The finish is actually semi-dry (thank you Big Sky for not making a cloyingly sweet Belgian Strong!) with bitterness peaking around a 3, with the alcohol seemingly stronger than the stated 8.75%. Full body with moderate carbonation. Very pleasantly surprised with this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 13, 2009
750 ml bottle - thanks riverside!! 2007 vintage; cloudy, dark amber; flat, syrupy and slight funk on the nose; wine-like flavors and also kind of musky; a little butter with some chocolate, sugary fruit juice

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 10, 2009
Bottle from Julie Thanks! Dark brown with a foamy off white head. Floral caramel toffee molasses chocolate clove and huge nutmeg aroma and taste with vanilla notes. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUL 14, 2009
bottle #281/1800.gold foil .. not sure what that means but it is from superdave70. Aroma of sweet molasas. Murky bron body with beige head. Flavor was abit odd with some caramel but a stong bitter bite on palate odd brew.

Also had a red foil topper from a bottle bought about 2 years ago or so. Had a smokey aroma with some chocolate notes. Odd colored body with beige head. Sweet caramel flavor with an alcohol grain bitter bite so that was all that was the same beteewn to two.

Superdaveís was better imo

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale Łber alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 12, 2009
bottle #281/1800... not sure what that means but it is from superdave70. hazy chestnut-y brown with a thin tan ring of a head. there is something very comfortable about the aroma?!... brown sugar candied nuts, chocolate, grain, spice, bruised apples, vanilla and medjoul dates. it tastes a whole lot like a chocolate covered wertherís original butterscotch candy!... alcohol is noticed but it is slight and very welcomed as it clears the palate of flavors of malt powder, grain, brown sugar, dates, vanilla and flowers. a very mild bitterness comes in late on the finish. medium to full bodied but strangely thin enough to drink this entire bottle myself. i very easily could at the abv% and not have a headache in the morning. really enjoyable... 8/4/8/5/17/4.2

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 20, 2009
Bottle sample at the Draft Magazine PBS Beer Festival. Pours a cloudy brown with a thin tan head. The nose is caramel and brown sugar. The taste is caramel, molasses and dark fruit. Medium mouthfeel. Decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
bitbucket (2160) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - JUN 1, 2009
Capped 750. Thanks, RiversideAK! Pours opaque coppery brown with no head. No carbonation. The taste is a bit tart, with some dark fruit. Woody finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WinoInTraining (109) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - MAY 20, 2009
Caramel, reddish color. Prominent head. Big, simple and not very memorable. Aromas of brown sugar, graham cracker, sugar. Same on the palate. Weird metalic twang on the finish, but thankfully it just drops of to nothing real quick.

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