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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 3.22/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 252   ABV: 8.4%
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Gentle and warming, this rich mahogony ale is filled with moments of fig and raisin. Brewed with an international blend of barlies, thid brew is warming and complex without being over spiced or over powering. Enjoy before its gone.


2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - NOV 24, 2007
Brown without much head. The aroma is orange and coriander. Flavor I’d pretty much the same as in not much going on.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 23, 2006
On Cask at the Brazen head, Brooklyn...This beer was dark brown, with a tan head and small bubbles. It is very, very smokey - almost like salami, bacon. It is kind of funky that way, since there are so many sweet malts, and is even sugary - brown sugar and molasses abound! There is a slight alcohol burn.

1.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Glouglouburp (5998) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 14, 2006
(Cask at Brazen Head) Black with no head. Lifeless body with soya sauce and spices, a bit sweet and syrupy, some red meat blood! Annoying soy sauce in the finish. Bad. Defiant is not strong enough of a word, this is Insolent.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - NOV 8, 2006
This was a very dark brew. Nose was spice all over, but the taste was not over whelming. As it warmed the spices grew to an almost over the top, but It stopped short. Great christmas brew!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 6, 2006
Sampled at the brewery and again in a growler. Murky, dark brown color with a creamy, thin beige head. Aroma of caramel malt, dark, dried fruits, pine and light spice. Flavor was lightly roasted malt, molasses, dark chocolate, raisins, pine, nutmeg and vanilla.

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
MartinT (7779) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 6, 2006
Any first impressions?
-Headless blackness fails to produce saliva or oesophagus spasms.
-The nose reeks of soy sauce and buried herbs, which would have probably worked better for a marinade.
-Roasted maltiness can be found within the overwhelming soy sauce character.
-Body is thin and flat; the cask might be the culprit here.

What if you dig deeper?
-Piney, anisey herb and spice sweetness clashes with the soy mess.
-Tastes like an ambitious beer which has gone horribly wrong; hard to finish the glass, this cannot be what was intended.

On cask at The Brazen Head, Brooklyn.


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