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RATINGS: 115   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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We will be releasing a Limited Edition beer this holiday season! At 12% ABV, lots of hops, some Hudson Valley Honey, and aged with oak you won't find another beer like it! Less than 250 hand numbered 1-liter bottles will be released.

2008 Batch: 500 Bottles


2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 18, 2010
1 liter swingtop, courtesy orlgamecock. #94 of 250 from the November 2009 batch. The pour yields a very slightly hazy, dark reddish-amber body. A small, frothy head of yellowish-khaki foam settles to a thin film with a pronounced edge. A thick, wet wash breaks apart into chunky spots of lace. The nose is loaded with big, sugary-sweet caramel and toffee malts, with notes of bread, booze, and softly bitter orange peel hops. It smells like a muddled, malty mess, to be honest. Flavors are a tad bit better, as the caramel and toffee settle in a bit and welcome notes of floral honey and golden raisin. Citrus hops have surely faded a bit since bottling, but I can tell that they never lived up to the massive avalanche of sugary malts that this one shows. Booziness is there, though it’s mostly consumed by all the sugars. The palate is thick, sticky, moderately carbonated, and overly warm. I can’t think of an instance in which I’d actually seek out to drink something like this, and most certainly not at this ridiculous pricetag. Keegan should be ashamed of themselves for charging what they do for this stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dchmela (2676) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 14, 2010
Thanks to Orlandogamecock for the pour. Dark brown pour. Candy like sweet malt aroma, like hard orange candy. Taste is honey, vanilla malt with lots of alcohol peaking through. Good stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (6895) - Enghien, BELGIUM - APR 21, 2010
Wax bottle @ Miami Fandango ’10 gathering. bottle 108/250 pours dark amber, off-white head. sweet honey nose with light malt. flavors, found it to have a high carbonation, sweet honey mouthfeel, floral with some bitter hops and oak barrel presence. Overall impression of a caramel malt palate directly followed by the honey adding a blossom thick syrupy finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOLTZ7555 (2823) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 28, 2010
Bottle 33 of 250 acquired via trade. Bright glowing amber brew with a thin white head. Honey, wood, and caramel malt find their way to the nose. Interesting peppery spice and hops balance the flavor but I also get a bit of iced-tea here (sensitive to it). Still a little hot and sugary.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (9437) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 21, 2010
Thanks boltz! Amber pour. Raisins, caramel, light hops. Flavor is much the same. Some sweetness, honey, and a lightly hoppy finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rusty (1537) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 21, 2010
bottle shared by boltz. clear caramel white head aroma hops malt caramel oak. flavor oak caramel peppery hoppy finish.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2009
Growler. Aroma big on raisin bread with some pine notes. Flavor sweet and boozy without much finesse. Rather astringent, from the oak it seemed to me. Smelled nice but after that, not so much.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (6326) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - DEC 20, 2009
Draft. Pours amber brown with a thin beige head. Fresh hoppy aroma, with floral and citric notes, and a light sweetness as well. The flavor has fruity sweet hops, with some nice citrus notes and an excellent balance of bitterness and sweetness. Very good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LilBeerDoctor (3505) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2009
Growler from St. James Beverage. Pours a clear deep amber/brown with a small white head. Aroma of caramel, vanilla, sweet malt, toffee, light fruits (apple, pear). Flavor of alcohol upfront with oak, vanilla, and citrus hops in the finish. Sticky and heavy palate, 12% abv is clearly evident. Tough to plow through even a glass. 7/4/7/3/14 [3.5/5]

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - DEC 16, 2009
Growler 2009 edition. Poured a mostly clear dark copper color with an off-white head. Big hop forward pine nose almost completely covers some cereal malt notes. The flavor is a mix of hops, malt and light vanilla with a honey finish. I didn’t expect this beer to be like this. A very pleasant surprise. Medium bodied and very drinkable. Some warmth but if this is really over 12% it is very well hidden.


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