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RATINGS: 33   MEAN: 3.35/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25/5   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
Brewed in celebration of Holyoke's 125th Anniversary.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - AUG 22, 2010
(22 oz. bottle from Rum Runner) Pours very murky brownish-amber (whereís the Red?) with just a bit of light brown head that retreats mostly to edges. Rich sugary malt aroma of brown sugar, prune, molasses and raisin that definitely got my interest. Medium-heavy mouthfeel, light carbonation, perhaps a bit loose. Starts almost buttery smooth but finishes a bit rougher. Also lightly dry on the back end. Flavor is basically a weaker reflection of the aroma, with notes of brown sugar, raisin, chocolate and perhaps licorice but unfortunately seems muted. A little sour/tangy toward the finish which seemed out of place.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 12, 2009
In the bomber bottle. Pours a reddish amber with a huge off white head. Has a brett aroma like it is supposed to be a flemmish sour. It even has a slight oakiness, but the big question is this: Is this supposed to be in this beer? Intentional, or a lucky mistake? Has a very over carbonated harsh palate. Itís either gone bad (rating 2.0) or this is quite a nice beer. Iíll give it the benefit of the doubt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - FEB 8, 2009
Tasting @ argo0ís place. Bomber, 2006. Murky sewer water pour with a beige head. Odd nose, caramel and prune, something sour. Flavor is bready and raisiny, mild oakiness. Meh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopdog (11560) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2008
22oz bottle. 2006 Vintage. Not a gusher but some beer was creeping out. Poured a deeper and muddy brown color with a huge sized off white head. Aromas of wood (oak), some cherries and other dark fruits, vanilla, and yeast. Tastes of some woodiness, vanilla, dark fruits, and caramel. Tastes on the softer side. Thinner body. A bit over priced (I paid $10 for this one).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 5, 2008
From a 22oz Bottle. Courtesy of CharlesDarwin. Highly carbonated, murky brown colored pour with a tall head of fine bubbled ivory. Tart, funky, brett aroma with some pleasant cherry skin tannins. Grapey wood, fresh plum fruits, and subtle notes of vanilla. Light bodied, over-carbonated mouthfeel with a dry, tart texture. Body is a little bit thin, but well attenuated, not oxidized. Flavors of cherries, white grape skins, and peppery oak. Moderately tart, with minimal acetic presence and superb dryness. The flavors are a little bit thin and un-complex, but certainly enjoyable. Lots of brett, light on the cherry. Kind of like an un-acetic oud bruin with brett. Good. Overcarbonated, but not horribly so. Thanks, Tom!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JUN 20, 2008
22oz Bottle, purchased at Downtown Liquors in Somerville, MA. Overcarbonated gusher, but a nice gentle cherry juice and soured malt nose. Soft, lightly sweet and tangy. No harsh acids or vinegar. A bit of stemmy woodiness and some cotton. Nice aroma. Pours a murky and hazed red-brown, with many fingers of slowly settling rosy-ochre tinted head. Flavor is decent, if a little thin. There are gentle soft fruits mingled in with citric and lactic acid. Lambic-like, as opposed to Oud Bruin like, I think. Cotton and fluff. The body doesnít really hold much in terms of density, sweetness or flavor, but Iím okay with that. I can see how this score lowly. It has a shallow, lightly bitter oak character in the rear of the palate, maybe originating from hops. The flavors are clean (maybe too clean?). Other than being over carbonated and a bit too thin, I like this. Itís got the right suite of wildness in it. The good ones. Not too tart, not too sour, not too biting. A very soft wildness. The kind I like.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Butters (4047) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 18, 2008
"2006 oak-aged" courtesy of Maniac. Pours an opaque muddy brown with minimal tan head. Malty, figs, plums and some vanilla, probably from the oak. Yeasty. Not exactly a ísour aleí but does have a slightly sour finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 17, 2008
Cloudy dark amber body with a small light tan head. Big yeast aroma with some light fruit, caramel and oak. More oak fruit and light sour with a caramel finish. Medium body with moderately light carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (13309) - Washington DC, USA - APR 20, 2008
(22oz bottle, 2006 vintage) Minimal beige head atop murky brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, wood, prune, light sourness. Taste is medium sweet, caramel, bread, oak, raisin, light toast. Medium body, low carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - APR 17, 2008
22oz bottle, courtesy of argo0. Thanks, Aaron! Pours a murky brownish color; patchy, light tan head. Pleasant amounts of toasty bourbon, apples, and dried caramel in the aroma. Medium mouthfeel: apples, caramel, and breadiness; a bit messy, but softly carbonated and tasty stuff. Medium finish: graham crackers, toasty grains, and a touch of bourbony oak.

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