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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 3.29/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.15   SEASONAL: Special   ABV: -
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Fruitcake…The Beer, our bourbon barrel-aged old ale brewed with roasted local chestnuts and grilled local (and not-so-local) figs


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Travlr (11825) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 22, 2013
Draft. Hazy amber color, small white edge head. Aroma of subtle rye bread. Taste is mixed light spiced fruit.

1.3
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
GT2 (8432) - San Diego County, California, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Tap at CK thanks to the President of Somalia de facto. Pours a clear, deep orange. Moderate head. Celery and sharp parsnip nose. Wow that is ultra vegetal. Taste is candies, parsnip, alcohol, extremely mealy red apple. Licorice root like finish. Very strange, I was not a fan.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4024) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 4, 2013
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this one and I was pleasantly surprised. Clean soft golden amber pour with one finger of creamy off white head. Nose is super interesting and very hard to describe. Lots of ’candy-ish’ character with sharp vanilla/bourbon from the Makers Mark barrels. Definitely fruity, I’m guessing the figs but can’t say for sure. Flavor is also very interesting, wonderful blend of vanilla and sharp oak from the flavor with a moderate sweetness. A hint of coconut finds its way through. Medium body with a dry/oaky finish and warming alcohol.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 26, 2013
Sample pour at Sam’s, Durham. Gotta love the tasting events! Oily caramel brown pour with a modest head and carbonation. Huge bourbon barrel nose, not sharp and boozy but sweet tannins in your face. Somewhat overly slick mouthfeel really accentuates the candy dimensions of this beer. Dark fruits and bready tastes do provide some relief to the boozy sweetness in the taste, but it’s pretty uncompromising.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TURDFERGUSON (3954) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 1, 2013
Tap at beer study Xmas night. Nose is fairly fruity, earth, light booze. Flavor shows some more fruit, light spice, tobacco, and booze. A little thin on the palate with medium to heavy sweetness.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maxwelldeux (3664) - Everett, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2013
Bottle. Pours a mostly clear amber color with a somewhat thick off-white head. Nose has a very strong, but light bourbon smell to it. Taste has that bourbon kick to it with some underlying sweetness from the figs. Odd beer...

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Iphonephan (3252) - McLean, Virginia, USA - JAN 21, 2013
On draft at Churchkey DC on innauguration night. Pours a deep res amber with an off white head. Aroma of vanilla and toffee. Flavors of figs and chestnuts. Quite nice.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
OldGrowth (2663) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 22, 2012
Pint at Foundation. Good aroma, sweet. Clean brownish orange color, no head or lace. Sweet spice flavor. Medium body, oily creamy mouthfeel, sweet finish. Fun beer, not sure I could have a lot of it, fairly sweet in aroma and flavor. Get the fig, not sure about the chestnut. Fun beer if nothing else.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jrob21 (2559) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 24, 2013
Bottle shared on Christmas Eve. Whoa there is a lot happening here. Big fig fruit spice. Flavor is spice again with a smokiness and chewy grain. Dark red color. Toffee fig raisin all working together. Big bold aggressive beer. Try to split this one if you can.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 3, 2013
Generous sample from Sam’s Quik Shop in Durham. Pours bright chestnut (how appropriate) with a white head. Interesting to see the various and conflicting ratings. The beer I had was big on the bourbon, vanilla, candy, and earthy figs. A bit one-note in its sweet/bourbon focus, but pretty darn good overall.


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