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Evolution Craft Menagerie #8
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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 3.6/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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A dark strong Belgian ale brewed with Belgian candi sugar and wildflower honey, aged on Syrah, Cabernet, Zinfandel, and Merlot oak barrels.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocLock (7703) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2013
750 bottle. Pours with a huge gusher to a dark brown pour with off-tan minimal head. I’ve seen 1-2 gishers in 8 years prior to this year, but this is the 3rd bona fide gusher I’ve seen just this year. Nose is candi sugary malt, plum, prune, brown sugar, oaky spirits. Tastes hugely carbonated, on the dry side, like an oaky brown sugary plummy merlot. with some notes of funky yeasty malt. A bit light on the palate, finishes almost like a dark champagne with more figgy fruit and funky malt.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mnoud (271) - Martinsburg, West Virginia, USA - FEB 23, 2013
2013.02.23 - Evolution Menagerie #8 - 750ml bottle in goblet glass. Pours a dark brown to black. Moderate foamy light caramel head of about 1"dissipates pretty quickly, leaving a foamy cap. Aroma is benign to me. A little bready yeast, a little candy sugar. Perhaps that is the honey but I doubt it. Mouthfeel is medium. The malts and presumably honey make it a bit creamy. Carbonation seems low. Taste: Tangy dark ale, a bit of tartness, probably what others are describing as vinous or vinegar. This mixed with mild malty sweetness and presumably tge honey. There seems to be a dryer more sterile sweetness on the back, mixinv with the barrel bite. Not bad. I bought primarily for the honey, but there are other honey beers I like much better. Basically not sweet enough for my expectations of a Belgian style with honey and candy sugar. A big too tart. Not bad though. Aroma 5/10, Appearance 4/5, Taste 6/10, Palate 3/5, Overall 13/20

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jesterdeal (1789) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - FEB 14, 2013
Aroma of tart red wine vinegar, sugared plums, and slight chocolate. Pours deep black red with a small film. Taste is an interesting blend. Subdued vinegar notes, dark fruits, plum and slight cane sugar. No bite whatsoever and very pleasant.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boxofrane (2050) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2013
Draft at craft ale house. Pours close to black with a small tan head that dissipates to a film. The aroma has a big wood presence, some brown sugar, a big cabernet wine note. The taste has a lot of sweetness, some dark fruit, some honey, some almost cocoa, and a big kick from the barrel on the finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (8773) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2012
Growler. Dark brown with an off white head. Chocolate, vinous, some wood, and dark fruits.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HeadyDE (470) - Delaware, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Draft offering..dark color..much darker than expected almost black..aroma is quite vinous..however in a good way..boy i can see how a wine type person could take to this..wine like taste profile..lots of grapes..fruit..interesting..got better as it warmed a bit..first taste when poured and still a bit too cold reminded me of manischevitz wine..not a positive..alcohol is pretty well hidden..could see how this would be different with some age to it..but not as good as some of the other evo barrel aged offerings imho...

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 6, 2012
On tap at Klobys: Pours a clear dark mahogany with a fine, wispy-lacing light beige head. Has a sweet biscuity dark caramel malty nose with lots of vinous oak and light fruity esters. Body starts with good fullness and carbonation with good dark malty sweetness and lots of red grape tartness and fresh oak. Finishes drier with a good slightly puckering balance. Not quite as subtle or smooth as it could be, but that change as it ages. It certainly packs a lot of flavor though.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT2 (8178) - San Diego County, California, USA - NOV 16, 2012
Tap at Smoke&Barrel thanks to Jace. Pours a clear, deep ruby. Collar of tan foam. Nose is savory butter reduction and baked dark cherries. Taste is spicy, some butter, vanilla, spicy red grape, spicy oak. Midly tannic and dusty. Strange but Nice. My rating: 3.6 Fiancé rating: 3.8 she says like a nice glass of wine. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
crbolesta (10) - Maryland, USA - NOV 11, 2012
Aroma is reminiscent of a red wine, strong (but not overpowering) notes of raspberry. Color is as black as sludge. I placed a flashlight against the side of the glass and could only see a faint glow through the glass. The color is a bit intimidating, but the first sip is rewarding. Hints of raspberry, semi-sweet dark chocolate, very faint plum, and raisin combine to form a beautiful combination of flavors. Finish is quite robust but smooth. Very rich, very flavorful. Absolutely no head.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11329) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 6, 2012
Draft. Small beige head, cola black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, vinous, milk chocolate, light sourness. Taste is moderately sweet, milk chocolate, some vinous, candi sugar. Medium body, light acidity.


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