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RATINGS: 75   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Daytonbeer (685) - 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.

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?

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rayOfBeer (672) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pdx76 (651) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 25, 2014
On draught at baileys cellar fest - '11 pours cloudy amber with small head. Nose of booze, brandy, and tart fruit. Taste is of brandy, oak, bourbon, and sour cherry/cranberry. Dry finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ADfan (648) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 6, 2012
Poured from the bottle it has a dark brown color. The taste has a mild sweetness almost like a cough syrup. There is some roasted fruits like figs and some peppermint. Good finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
doublebock (520) - California, USA - MAY 2, 2013
Cloudy auburn brown color with white head.. Nutty caramel malty aroma with hints of bourbon. Complex palate. We’ve got a dark fruit presence along with a please sour note and a candy like maltiness. Smooth bourbon and vanilla finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hanuta06 (378) - Washington, USA - JAN 19, 2013
Serving: from tap at Beer Junction. Aroma: lightly fruity with cask wood scent. Appearance: average-sized, fizzy, off-white, initial head with no lacing and fully diminishing longevity. Black body. Taste: heavily sweet initial flavor and overwhelmingly sweet, caramel finish with hints of cask wood and bourbon. Average duration. Palate: light body, dry texture and fizzy carbonation. Overall: a complex beer. I liked the caramel finish, but it soon became overwhelmingly sweet.

3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cory (364) - , California, USA - MAY 19, 2014
Bottle. Vanilla, oak, yeast, raisins, smoke. Taste is sour, with a little savory, flavors of sour apple, grape juice, and wood. Belgian yeast, red ale, and juice qualities, and no bourbon or dark malts. Interesting and complex but not particularly that enjoyable for more than a couple sips in my opinion.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
AxlLives (288) - Maryland, USA - FEB 17, 2012
22 oz bottle - Pours dark tawny with medium lasting tan head. Big notes of sweet malt, oaky vanilla and bourbon goodness. Medium bodied with a sparkle of hoppy notes. Deceptively smooth, long finish, with a warmth at the end. Reminds a bit of OD, lighter bodied. Really pretty good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ivan9856 (189) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - NOV 29, 2012
I sampled the 1 pt., 6 fl. oz. (22 oz.) bomber bottle. This beer features a medium brown body with a large, long-lasting, light-tan head. It also left some great lacing on the glass I used. It features a big nose, with plenty of dark cherry, raisin, banana, caramel and alcohol aromas. This beer is a blend that tastes much like its Belgian Dubble alter ego going in—with a loaded, syrupy-sweet caramel malt spine—that ripens into a host of dark fruit, earthy oak, and vanilla spiciness, before executing a prolonged, dry finish. It’s a tasty, slow drinker with a big 9.0% ABV.


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