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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.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Hawksfan17 (890) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2009
This hazy brown pour has sour notes in the aroma. It turns out it is the sweet tart flavors of figs. Not bad but not what I expected from a Christmas Ale.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
vtafro (2784) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - APR 25, 2012
Bottle. Blak pour with some tan lacing. Dark fruit and some sweetness in aroma, hints of spice tones. Flavor doesn’t follow, some cardboard malt and hints of fruit and spice. Too much age?

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.

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
MartinT (7677) - 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.

1.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Glouglouburp (5934) - 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.


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