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Fort George North the Fifth (V)


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RATINGS: 7   MEAN: 3.51/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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A holiday tradition continues at Fort George Brewery with our Fifth rendition of the North series. Originally brewed to attend the Great American Beer and Barleywine Festival in Alaska we change this beer every year, but keep the Strong Ale base as a constant. This year we took another holiday icon, the fruitcake, and designed our holiday seasonal in its’ honor. A mash of barley, oats, wheat, rye, rich caramel and honey malts are mildly spiced with Cascade and Saaz hops, fermented with Fort George house yeast then allowed to condition on hand-splintered, rum inspired oak. A Glase Fruit concoction that includes cherries, pineapple, orange and lemon peel is dissolved into the finished beer to add the final touches. Designed and bottled to age, we are sure this version of the Fruit Cake will not be passed down for generations, but opened and imbibed at many a cheerful gathering.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (5896) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 26, 2014
"the descriptors on the label (while i can’t remember word for word) were all over the place. the end result was that they were going for some kind of hoppy fruitcake thing...and it kinda worked. piney, fruity sweet, pineapple weirdness. the 7.5 is nice, not really felt or tasted, but the beer has a good medium-full feel. interesting brew. I’d recommend."

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cmonster (978) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 3, 2014
Bottle. Rich red-brown pour with a good sized cream colored head. Decent retention, minimal lace. Bright caramel malt nose with fruit nuances. The medium sweet flavor is also malt forward supported by a subtle hint of pineapple and orange. Medium body, soft carbonation, thick texture and substantial lemon peel bitter finish. Well made strong ale.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
neepsntatties (1216) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 4, 2013
Bottle (January 2012 notes).Colour...mostly clear amber with little head. Nose...very fruity! Smells like Hi-C fruit punch, which I rather enjoyed as a lad. Palate... light CO2, a massive burst of sharp fruitiness then the fruits become more individually apparent! Montmorency cherries, black currants, Brooks prunes, Medjool dates and treacle. Brown sugar is present as is molasses and clover honey. This tastes like a fruitcake in a glass! Complete with candied fruit! A dandy treat for the winter time!!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (6586) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 6, 2013
On tap at FredFest 2013. Pours reddish copper with an attractive beige head and a fruity aroma. There is a rich caramel malt flavor with a dry bitter finish. The fruit is not totally evident, just in the background, and there is an alcohol trail.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUL 28, 2012
Bottle: Deep amber, large frothy off-white head, nice lacing. Stale cherry like flavors on the tongue, a little apple skin. Seems somewhat of a mish mash of stale cherry and apple flavors. Body and mouthfeel are moderate. Malty, slightly tart, stale cherry and apple flavors linger. Not an exciting fruit beer, not bad, but seems confused and a little dull.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Livid (49) - - JAN 14, 2012
Growler from draft at Venti’s. Deep ruby-brown, light tan head, good lacing. Smells spicy - clove, cinnamon, spruce. Medium bodied, slick mouthfeel. Heavy malt and spice flavor - spruce, cinnamon, nutmeg, maybe allspice. I’m not a big fan of spiced beers, but this combo tickles my taste buds just right, which is good since I have 3 more pints worth to finish before it goes flat...

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
boFNjackson (4143) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 25, 2011
Bottle... Poured deep, darkish red/burgundy with a moderate forming white head. If anything, this beer doesn’t have enough hop spicing and floral balance. Big worty and unbalanced with ale fruit esters, oat and rye spice, and citrus. A little bit of a barf character towards the finish. Rum "inspired" oak? Not so much. Notes of cherries? A little bit. Pineapple? Where? Orange & Lemon Peel? There’s a little rind-like bitterness.


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