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Evolution Craft Menagerie #8
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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 3.58/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   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.


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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MoneyDragon (13) - Delaware, USA - OCT 21, 2012
On tap at Specific Gravity. Had to let the pour sit for awhile to warm as it should be enjoyed at around 50 degrees F. Very dark pour with thin head. More transparent than a Stout but dark in color like one. Nose is very complex and wonderful with hints of wine, light vanilla, and to many others to list. Taste is even more complex. I suggest if you ever have the chance to put your hands on this one that you jump at the oppurtunity.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhensonb (11120) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 5, 2013
Capped 750 from Beachbum25. Many thanks for this. Pours very dark brown with a foamy/fizzy light tan head. The aroma suggests a moderate flemish ale. Hints of sour. Hints of oak. Vinosity. Med + body. Flavor is dark fruit and malt, vinous, oaky, astringent, somewhat earthy/sour. This finishes extremely tasty. Excellent ale.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
boxofrane (2127) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HeadyDE (506) - 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...

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sonnycheeba (3568) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 22, 2012
Tap. Pours deep, dark brown with thin, creamy beige head; short retention and some lacing. Aroma is cocoa, oak, roast malt, light smoke, earthy hops, figs, and plums. Flavor is dark, sweet malts forward with dark fruit esters, light hops, and smoke; dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jesterdeal (1887) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT2 (8461) - 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

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (8952) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2012
Growler. Dark brown with an off white head. Chocolate, vinous, some wood, and dark fruits.


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