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RATINGS: 498   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.81   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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A sustaining beer that is brewed to comfort in the gusty ides of March and welcome in a wealth of warmer weather.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dextolen (151) - Michigan, USA - FEB 7, 2006
A rich amber color with light tan head that leaves decent lacing. Earthy, plum, raisin and oakey aromas. Caramely sweet flavors with a bready aftertaste. A bit of a bite. Good stuff from a great brewery.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpringsLicker (3127) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 30, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2007 Thanks to Sully (Secret Santa) for enabling me to share this with the Georgia Crew at our Cask Eve Tasting! This begins with a clear dark amber body under a medium off white head that slips away fairly quickly leaving nice lacing behind. A combination of maple and dark fruits in the aroma. Smooth and lightly sweet flavor with a touch of acid and a bit of astringency in the finish. Another winner from JP!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
aracauna (3055) - Georgia, USA - JAN 29, 2006
The beer pours an amber body with good carbonation. The aroma is full of fresh grapes and a bit of maple and Caramel. The flavor is pretty complex, but still remains fairly light.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JAN 21, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2006 Finally rating this after several bottles. Cloudy dark orange/almost mahogany. Huge off-white head that eventually fades to film. Great lacing. Shot of sourness up front in the nose, turns to woodsy yeastiness. Cherries and dark fruit are muted, but there, with the tiniest bit of alcohol. Flavor again has a real quick sour kick to it, but turns to sweet malt and dark fruit, mostly fig/prune and faint cherry. lots of woodsy, yeasty, farmhouse character in the finish. Although I don’t get alot of spice in the flavor, the lingering aftertaste is dominated by the spice. Another fine creation from Ron! Second batch released Sat.March 25th. Picked up a case today. Very transparent dark amber, reddish-brown color. Off white head very minimal, fades extremely fast, might need a little more time in the bottle to fully carbonate. Previous despription fits aroma very well, oak, funk and cherry, maybe not as sour as I remember. Strange because seems like all the batches have been growing in sourness. Flavor not as diverse as I remember. Sour up front, fades in and out, harsh oak/wood character, sort of drying. Tad thinner on the palate than I remember. New score would most likely be a 3.9, knocking everything except aroma down a point. Have 1 bottle left from last year may have to do a side by side.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2005
Body has a hue of polished copper with fine particulates and a big foamy and rocky off-white head. Aroma of warm, wintery and yeasty spice, such as clove, moderate, slightly medicinal phenols, and a note of oxidation. Flavor suggests dried cherries and wood polish and has a metallic, dark caramelized sugar element and some corky oxidation. Moderately acidic with a wild aspect. Nice and distinct, especially as it opens up. Thanks for sharing argo0!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shadey (1887) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 25, 2005
Beautiful red swirly color with a nice white frothy head. Aroma is rich yet light. Spices and malt, yeast and earthy. Flavor is spicey and yeasty with a little bite at the end. A very nice winter ale.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
argo0 (11452) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 23, 2005
(750ml bottle, thanks Barry) Hazy copper body with big off-white head. Aroma is mild, medium sweet, yeasty, spice, caramel, light funk. Taste is medium sweet, some earthy, light wood, metallic. Light-medium body.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 19, 2005
Lightly hazed bronze color with a full fluffy light cream head. Full aromas of wood and raisins. Light and fluffy in feel, yet full flavored. Light yeast and sweet malt throughout the quaff. Mild in flavor, yet lots of complexity from wood to malt, flowers and dust, as well as nutty and fruity. I will continue to look for this. Rant two - happened again, saved some verbiage.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MIBRomeo (2555) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 17, 2005
pours a mahogony color w/ visable carbonation and a small white head w/ some decent lacing. swet light aroma w/ an odd yeast a hint of lemon rind some very light spice and a floral hop. Even palate good coat and some nice feel, a touch light. Flavor is definatelly a biere de garde the yeast and some light sweetness and some light spices. A very easy flavor floral hop seems to dominate. Pretty good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rajendra82 (952) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - DEC 9, 2005
From BA TheBlackMallard, this 750 ml bomber was quite exotic looking, especially considering the fact that it originated in Michigan. The reddish amber colored beer that resided in it came out bubbly and foamy, and looked quite at home in a tulip. The aroma was mild but complex, evoking soured cherries, plums, freshly cut oak logs, and oranges. The taste was tart and dry with loads of oak tannins. A flash of lemon sourness mixed with some brown sugar was apparent as well. Balanced delicately between all the flavors so none was dominant, which made it very easy to drink, despite the sawdust dry mouthfeel. In the words of Cosmo Kramer from Seinfeld, “Wood is Good”.


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