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RATINGS: 71   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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For the winter season, we traditionally make a Belgian-style Dubbel; a rich malty pleasure that is the perfect accompaniment to those long winter nights. Last year we decided to play around with the concept and see where it might take us. After much tinkering -with a number of unique ingredients combined with wood barrel aging- we arrived at this wonderful juxtaposition of fruitiness and maltiness which harmonized magically to produce this delicious winter warmer.

The designation of "Grand Cru" originates from the Burgundy region of France. Brewers have taken the term and applied to it more elaborate, aged and reserved versions of their beers. Our Belgian-style Dubbel -a great beer itself with a loyal following- has been taken to the next level by the careful blending and aging techniques. We believe we’ve created a classic to be enjoyed throughout the winter months.

For 2010, we offer a very limited release of (only 48 barrels) our Winter Grand Cru. In this batch, we’ve added over 100 pounds each of locally sourced Zante Currants and Black Mission Figs. We aged 20% in used Bourbon barrels for 12 months - in which time the warmth of the Bourbon, along with toasted oak and vanilla flavors were released from the wood. Whole Vanilla beans compliment the wood and bring forth a velvety smoothness and richness. The fig flavor is forward on the nose along with the bubble-gum/banana ester derived during fermentation. The taste starts with the rich sweetness of fruit, carries through with a rich mellow center and finishes dry, allowing for another glass as you sit by the cozy fire. Á votre santé!

Pairings: Lamb, wild game, charcuterie, pâté, duck, rabbit, braised short ribs, cherry reductions, bread pudding.

2010 Vintage - 8%ABV.
2011 Vintage - 9%ABV.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tmongoose (1190) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 16, 2014
bomber shared poured a mahogany deep red color with off white to almost light brown head. aroma is of bourbon and vanilla and dark fruits. the flavor is a medium bodied. the flavor is more of the same plenty of bourbon and vanilla notes with plenty of dark fruit undertones. lots of great flavors running through this at times seems a bit muddled but yet distinctive of each flavor..

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oRos (1047) - sacramento, California, USA - JAN 27, 2013
Bottle from capitol beer. Aroma is wood , grape, . Has some slight sour taste. Has a bourbon aftertaste.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
arone12 (919) - Maryland, USA - MAR 25, 2013
Bourbony! Brown in color. Some oak and vanilla! And some wood! Some malts. Good stuff

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
raphael (865) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 29, 2011
My nose is thinking plum pudding some stouts been spilled on--plums, brown sugar, brandy, molasses. Opaque darkest brown with a deep knaki head. Balanced in the mouth. Flavor wise its much sweet balanced with some fruit sout, alcohol and valiant but outnumbered hops. Something I’d like to be drinking back home in a snifter rather than in a olastic mug at the wonderful oregon brewer’s fest. I’m guessing this will be one of the big hits,

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
750 ml bottle (I think, I wasn’t arsed to check) into a tulip. 2011 vintage, from yesterday. A: Pours a hazy dark brown color. The head is a one finger off-white shade. Retention is low, and so is lacing left on the glass. Pretty unremarkable looking. S: Also unremarkable on the nose. All I really get are some light fig/currant notes, with the faintest kiss of the barrel. That’s about it. T: This is almost ridiculously estery. The opening flavors are heavy in fig, currants, and raisins. One really has to work hard to find barrel qualities, which is disappointing considering how long it spent in there (12 months!) The flavors are far more enjoyable than the nose - still, it lacks the complexity and nuance to be a world beater. M: It has a medium body with medium carbonation and medium drinkability. Absolutely no booze is found anywhere on the feel, which is always good. My only nitpick is that the sweetness could be toned down in the finish some. O: I think this one is decent, just simple to a fault and not impressive in the aroma. Even if it’s not the greatest beer, it does a solid job of standing out from its peers, so it deserves at least some respect. I’d drink it again, gladly.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nocturne (744) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2013
650ml bottle. Dark brown, perhaps ruby in shade. Nice long-lasting head. Aroma is quite muted at first. Bourbon and toffee shyly come forth, then later some bubblegum yeastiness. Malty, brown sugar, bourbon-rich taste. I like the barrel influence. Solid stuff but nothing to pay over the odds for.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
killjoy966 (677) - Washington, USA - MAR 16, 2012
Half pint @ Chuck’s. When I say I’m looking for something different, this is what I’m talking about. Bourbon, slight tang, gorgeous red, vanilla(?). Good god this is delicious. Who the fuck is Black Diamond?

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beertholomeus (671) - California, USA - FEB 26, 2014
Bottle from 2012. Pours a burnt reddish brown color with a thin khaki head. Malt, caramel, oak, dark fruit, brown sugar, tart and some alcohol aroma. Malt, caramel, chocolate, raspberry, plum, raisin, tart, oak, brown sugar, vanilla and slight alcohol flavors. Full body and average carbonation. Slightly sweet with a malt, dark fruit and vanilla finish. Wouldn’t mind a bit more barrel character.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rayOfBeer (656) - El Cerrito, California, USA - APR 25, 2013
Tap: dark reddish-brown pour with large creamy, light tan head. Aroma is dusty with woody oak, chocolate, cola, cherry, and vanilla. Flavor is cherry cola, vanilla, a light oaky bourbon and a very slight yeasty funk. Palate is mostly sweet and creamy thick. Overall an interesting beer but the flavors never seem to settle, probably could use some age to gel the flavor.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Daytonbeer (635) - Ohio, USA - AUG 3, 2012
Pours brown with tan head. Aroma of dark fruit, vanilla, sugar, and some soy sauce. Taste is also complex. Sweet, citrus, bourban. Overall very nice, but a little unbalance and too sweet.


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