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Tragedy (et al) aged in Bourbon barrels for 24 months - with Cacao, Ancho, and Chipotle. 375ml.

Editorís Note: Released May 2014

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
umich03jm (2706) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2014
Bottle thanks to WillRunForBeer. Dark brown pour with a very small head that fades to a thin ring. Aromas are cocoa, sour dark fruit, oak, and vanilla. Tastes gross. Very sour, rotten fruit mixed with red wine and vanilla. First bad beer Iíve had from HF. Some seem to believe this taste was intended and actually seem to enjoy it. Iím not one of those people. Tastes bad and infected.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Prufrockstar (1442) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2014
Bottle, thanks to Bacterial for sending this to me. I appreciate it! Shared with friends. From notes. Appearance: dark brown, no head, ruby highlights. Aroma is graham cracker, vanilla, oak, marshmallow. Taste: chili pepper; winey tannic; astringent, maybe from the cacao? Chili doesnít contribute much heat - a little smoke, a little bit of heat at the end but not much. Really quite tannic, astringent, somewhat sour, though - smells much tastier. Medium+ body, slick oily texture, some char and smoke at the end. Overall: shrug. Some discussion was had as to whether this flavor profile is intended, or if it was infected. Itís somewhat telling to read the earlier reviews compared to the later ones. Still an interesting (and not unpleasant, albeit odd) beer.

Summary: Jesus of Vermont transforms graham cracker and marshmallow into wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
berntholer (1347) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - DEC 14, 2014
beige head. coffee coloured.aroma is bourbon, pepper, spicy, vanilla. taste is citric acid (infected?), bourbon, vanilla, roasted malts with a sour-sweet aftertaste. rather thin body, quite carbonated. would be good if it were a sour stout, but i guess this wasnít the idea and itís infected.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thirdeye11 (5772) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2014
(375ml bottle) near black, fine tan bubbles. Nose of ancho and other chiles, dark chocolate, honey, a bit sour as swirled. Taste is unfortunately infected, but still a good beer. Light citrus, tart fruit, brett, wine barrel, vinous, neSt beer but wish it wasnít infected. Otherwise Iím certain it would be awesome.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (6193) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2014
375ml bottle picked up as an extra via a different trade. Pours an inky black hue with brownish red edges. Not opaque but a dark body, some ruby glow throughout. Frothy dark brown head atop quickly dissipates to a mellow ring, light lacing overall. Aromas are a bit odd, milk chocolate, vanilla and oak meet some vinous qualities, char and earth, a bit of ash, peanut shells and soil. Some Firmer cocoa nibs meet more of that earthy feel, peppers with faint spice. Gentle spirit, a bit thinner on the nose. Initial is medium bodied, a touch thinner than expected with some oily feel on the palate. Some dark fruit, cocoa and toffee meet some roasty malts, toast and earth. Touches of vanilla start to dance, drizzles of chocolate, gentle roast and cocoa nib meet some earthy heat, subtle growth and never getting to big. Middle feels a bit thin, the barrel shows some almost orange flavor, earth and chocolate. Touches of deadened caramel, black malts, gentle dark fruit from the pepper. Faint smoke, spice, the dark fruit and pepper play off each other into the back of the middle. Some roastiness, gentle spirit and vanilla. A faint bit of heat from the bourbon but never really gets going. That dark fruit play is more of the pepper showing. The spiciness gives a few gentle jabs here and there but never fully develops. A bit sticky, tannic as we finish up. That roast and toast has tapered off, leaving just a bit of dryness, spice, and a firmer lingering oak presence. An oddity, more cocoa sticks to the palate, mingling between that pepper and dark fruit, chocolate and tapering sweet dark malt feel. Not quite up to par as far as body but the flavor profile is enjoyable, the barrel spirit presence never gets too big. Just needs some tinkering. Pepper spice is subtle, instead employing more dark fruit presence overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
WillRunForBeer (1327) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 2, 2014
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a beige head. Aroma is dark chocolate, coffee, vegetal, chili pepper. Flavor is chocolate and coffee and chili peppers, but also a winey funk that I donít think was intended.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Luk_ (231) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 13, 2014
Bottle. Weird one. Brown pour with small white head. Aroma is chile, coffee and a light funk. Taste is surprising. There is moderate chile, winey grapes, coffee and a fruit sourness. The peppers were well dosed which is quite a feat..The tartness didnít not match the beer profile but I did find it OK nonetheless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
craftycarl21 (2295) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 8, 2014
375 mL, huge thanks to my man Jeff for saving this one for me!!! Thinner, Tragedy style pour but with much less head and limper lacing than most of Shaunís work. Nose allows for hints of the adjunct spicing, but as others have said this definitely got some of the HF house funk in there; without a doubt infected. Tart, vinous, still tasty but drowns out all of the spice and nuance. A sour stout. Tastes good, but couldnít possibly be what was intended at this point. Canít win them all!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
czar (5566) - Quťbec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 7, 2014
bottle shared by/with friends. pours dark brown, red tint, with a small beige cap showing minimal retention and lacing. strong coffee, overheated drip coffee, booze, roasted malts and astringent wood, roasted acidity but also some lactic notes, enhancing red fruitiness - miscellaneous berries, pepper, vegetal and resinous with a touch of chili heat. light carbonation, medium body - oily, tart, peppery and astringent finish. still ok.. for a tart stout. but also my lowest score for a hf.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JBPortland (1142) - Portland, Maine, USA - OCT 5, 2014
375ml bottle pours dark viscous brown black with small head. Nose is dark fruits, boozy spice, fruit, touch of pepper, licorice, leather, grape. Taste is medium bodied, roasty rich boozy dark cacao, licorice, some fruity acidity, a round low vinous tartness, old leather, some vanilla oaky notes. Finish is a bit muddy, vinous grape and low tart berry fruit (intentional?) with good lasting chili heat and dry dusty bitter boozy chocolate spice.

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