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RATINGS: 85   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Dark, roasty, chocolatey malt flavors balanced by Noble hop aroma and subtle hoppy spice. Warm up to it. Don’t be scared to be Abominable.

Down & Dirty: Pale, Crystal, Munich, Roast Barley, Chocolate, & Carafa malts with Centennial, Willamette & Goldings hops. 8.0% ABV

Formerly 7.5%.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bacterial (1398) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2013
Pour from a can. Nice dark pour with a tan head and lots of lacing. Nice roasted malt nose with hints of Belgian yeast by products. Really nice taste - slight heat on the finish with a touch of hops and spice.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Smurf2055 (1394) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 6, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2013 Pours dark copper, two finger off white to khaki head. Smell fruity and winter spices. Sweet. Taste winter spices, bit sweet, coco and roast with a bitter hop finish. Mid body. Good

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Zeswaft (1361) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 27, 2010
Very roasty and chocolaty. Tastes more or less like a decent porter. 7.5% abv was appreciated and well disguised. Overall, not that impressive.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kbutler1 (1349) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 28, 2013
Bottle. Pours a dark nut brown color with a slight light tan head. Slight roast, pumpernickel bread, and chocolate. Medium mouthfeel. Sweet roast light roast coffee and chocolate notes in the flavor. Slight alcohol. Slight bitter ending.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
trevor211 (1298) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 18, 2011
Bomber from the brewery. Pours a deep, cola brown, with a smallish tan head. Over-toasted marshmallows, dry roasted malts, some super-mild coffee, and chocolate-covered pine cones in the background. Definitely plenty of hops in here, but at first it tastes like the flavor is balanced more with dry roastiness than with hops, which wait to come through until the aftertaste. Tastes more like a stout than it looks. I wish more sweetness came through, and that it was a tad weightier.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bvc (1146) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - NOV 20, 2009
Draft at brewpub. Super dark mahogany brown with a small grayish head. Nose is very much roasted/toasted malt with nice chocolate, floral hops, earthy cinnamon spiciness and roasted chestnut. Also pick up some light banana esters as it warms. Nice tight carbonation an medium body feel. Kind of earthy and sweet up front with roasted nutty malt, banana and light cocoa. Some peppery and cinnamon spiciness throughout. Looking forward to trying the BA version.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1076) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - DEC 24, 2012
A lovely and splendid ale. Reminds me of a strong dark Belgian without the super high ABV. Very balanced throughout: hoppy but not bitter, maltiness present but not overbearing, and the spices superb. Highly recommended! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammer (1025) - Plano, Texas, USA - MAR 1, 2013
Draft. Taste was creamy malt, christmas cookie, charred wood and roasted coffee beans. Really enjoyed this one.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 10, 2011
Dark brown, nearly black pour, medium beige head. Sweet roasted aroma, dark fruit, caramel, actually a little fruitcakey. Slightly charred roast on the flavor, bread and caramel maltiness, solid bitterness on the finish with citrus rind and resin.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
cstuartj (949) - Washington, USA - NOV 18, 2011
Nice dark brown with red highlighs and a dense tight head. Good earthy bitter nose. Crisp bitter attack and clean finish.


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