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RATINGS: 56   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 213   ABV: 7.1%
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On our 25th anniversary we want to say Happy Birthday to YOU dear beer lover - thanks for being such a great partner during our 25 year journey. Here’s a toast to keeping handcrafted beers, and independent breweries, the best part of the American beer culture for the next quarter century, and beyond!


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DigitalMan (193) - Idaho, USA - APR 14, 2010
Very dark with a thin head. Strong aroma and flavor, toasty caramel. It’s good, but something about it just doesn’t work right. Not sure

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TLNash886 (228) - Idaho, USA - MAR 22, 2010
2010 bomber. Pours deep, tobacco brown with a quickly dissipating khaki head; nice lacing. Very sweet aroma of plumb, figs, dates, purple grapes. Quite malty with a bit of brown sugar. Quite a good bit of fig and black grapes in the taste. It’s a good combination of a dark fruit and a candied fruit. Has a solid malty backbone, brown sugar, plumbs, yeast in the finish. Medium bodied with a fuzzy mouthfeel and a medium level of carbonation. This is a very, very, very sweet, fruity beer. Good, but the sweetness is a bit much.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - FEB 21, 2010
Deep brown, nice off white head. Aroma is caramel, toasty, yeast, sugar, lightly nuttiness. Taste is caramel, lightly roasty, chocolate, dried fruit, prunes.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - JAN 24, 2010
bottle thanks to bhensonb. poured a dark rubyish brown with a beige head. aroma was lots of licorice, caramel, fig, and dark fruits. flavor was tons of licorice, figs, and raisin. body was heavy with medium carbonation. just to much licorice for me.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (15073) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2010
11th October 2008. GABF. Hazy brown beer. Rich banana and toffee flavours. Nice. Dry finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 16, 2010
On tap at the brewpub 2/14/9. Pours a dark reddish gold with a medium thick off white head. Has a slight bubble gum aroma. Strong sweetness, but a corn sweet, not a candy sweet, surprisingly. Finishes mildly tart. Medium palate. Only slightly reminiscent of a Belgian Dubbel. For a 25th celebration, this was a lackluster attempt.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Crit (3350) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 6, 2010
Coke color,small tan head.Nose of malt and fruit. Winey start,dark fruits,sweet malt,lightly hoppy & spicy. Medium alcohol heat. Nice but unfortunately won’t be around for long

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 3, 2010
Bottle:   Deep caramel, slight ruby hues, moderate frothy light beige head, spotty lacing.   Heavy bready nose, salted licorice, faint dark pitted fruit, figs, dates, etc.   Doesn’t seem very musty like Belgian examples.   Does have some charred wood tho, maybe faint campfire.   Very bready on the tongue, soft fig/date, very soft.   A bit of lactose sweetness and charred wood/campfire.   This one, while not as Belgian as I would have hoped, is actually not half bad.   I was expecting something a bit thinner, but as is its fairly hefty.   For what flavors exist, they are fairly strong.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full.   Finishes with perhaps a very smidgen of anise.   Not quite Belgian, but fairly tasty nonetheless.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AmEricanbrew (5840) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - NOV 19, 2009
Dark brown color with a fleeting tan head. mild rootbeer spice, earthy brown malt aromas. medium body. Decent brown sugar, earthy brown malt flavor with rootbeer spices.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ughsmash (7135) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 23, 2009
Bomber. Poured rich brown with a short-ish lived cap of beige head. The aroma picked up sweeter chocolates, plums, and caramel surrounded by spicy warmth.. the sweetness laid it on a bit too heavy and too fast.. toasty and strong, especially on the back. The flavor found primarily raisins and semi-sweet chocolate at the core.. some vanilla and molasses were laced through there as well.. spicy and hot again around the edges with earthy character.. boozy finish. Medium-bodied with prickly carbonation on the palate.. this wasn’t bad, but it lacked a certain element of smooth.


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