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RATINGS: 262   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 375   ABV: 12.5%
Brewed by Erik Harms of Dragon Mead and Bret Kuhnhenn. This is a special Lager made in December. Strong malty in flavor. This beer reawakens after 5 years.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 15, 2009
Pros: Properly carbonated. Long lasting head. Well hidden alcohol. Seems well balanced and has some complex malt notes.

Cons: Nose only shows trace elements, maybe some dough, brown sugar, toffee. Flavor has nice balance, but could be more vibrant, layered and complex. A touch sour as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rederic (3228) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 10, 2009
12oz bottle, copper color, with a beige head, falling quickly, leaving a ring of foam, with a wet winey fruity nose of raisins, plums, figs with some toasty, caramel malt, toffee accents, with a sweet brown sugar alcoholic aroma follows through on a full-bodied palte with a sweet toasted, caramelized malt, winey, fruity character of raisins, figs and plum juice, with a hint of green molasses, with some toffee, fruit cake flavors, and a faint flowery hop leafiness, leading towards a super malty, fruity, warming finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lothore (612) - California, USA - JAN 28, 2009
A- Pours a deep, dark crimson with very little if any head. S- Smell is very rich and enticing. Caramel, dark fruit, very malty, hard to detect any hop notes. T- Deep and malty, raisins, creamy all the way through. The lack of hops make the deep sweetness a little overbearing. M- Thick and sticky with very little carbonation. D- This is the perfect sipper if your looking for a malty treat, it might be a little too sweet for some.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
auerbrau (3199) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JAN 26, 2009
12 oz Bottle. 7-08. Noses throws up a puckery caramel apple and toasted raisin bread. Spicey, fig-loaded and fresh. Warms alcohols sprinkle the sensory with intoxicating wafts of warm places. This is starting off as the perfect beer for a cold, winter night. Pours a lightly hazed clear solid amber, with orange fringes and a swirl in white. Flavor heads a little downhill, with some supremely sour and puckery malt and then a ton of dry, sourdough pretzel character. There’s a lot going on here, but not much of it is that exciting. Strong raisins and fig alcohols clash with a bit of dying tangy malt and then a swift kick of confused, aged hops. I dunno, it’s not that bad, but it’s definitely got a very strong signature of old, overly strong, poorly bottled Kuhnhenn. It’s funny though, this time it’s not quite the same or as overbearing. This time, it’s a vinous, mature contribution that keeps it alive. It’s not too far over the hill. On the back end are some fleeting nice edges of almond, roasted pork loin, and crispy rosemary toast.Opening up, this beer develops some jammy fruit in the finish, a bit of complex grain, and some nice ihop figures. However, In the end, it just doesn’t strike me as overly complex. Thanks Sean!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopscotch (10426) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2009 Bottle… This beer rocks!… Clear burnt amber lager with a small, creamy, khaki head. Decent retention. The aroma is a wonderful, sticky, caramely mess. I love it. Also, vinous, port-like notes layered atop subdued chocolate and a whisper of espresso. Full-bodied and kind of chewy with tingly carbonation. Tastes like a blessed fusion of caramel, chocolate and espresso - almost like one of those ice-cold, gimmicky, summertime espresso drinks. Rich, moderately sweet, malty finish. World class malt head’s dream!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2008
12oz bottle. extra thanks to alexsdad for breaking out a bottle from his own stash since it sold out before we were able to score some of our own... pours dark amber brown, pretty murky with a quickly dissipating head....sweet laiden, liquer soaked dark fruit and sugary nose... flavors of dark caramel and dark fruit with a pungent bite and somewhat boozy. manages to pack a punch. mild carbonation.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 20, 2008
Bottle at brewpub dated 7/08. Caramel color with a small head. Flavor is really vineous with some nuttiness. Cant say Im a fan.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 16, 2008
Bottle. Handed to me as we were leaving Kuhnhenn, they really loved that we came from NJ to visit them. Brought home and shared with my beer trip buddies/ Dark brown body with a tan head. Caramel with a dark fruit body, raisin, candi sugar, light vinous flavors big alcohol in the finish with a light woodiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (11432) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 14, 2008
12 oz. bottle courtesy goyrshkewych. Gracias! Also, rating #700. Viscous reddish brown pour with no head. Very faint carbonation. Earthy and malty aroma with some caramel notes. Sweet caramel taste, slightly tart, with dark fruit notes. Not very complex, but still very pleasant.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Rastacouere (6164) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 17, 2008
Hazy copper with a ruby hint. Sugar and molasses dominate the aroma. Rich enough, but even more syrupy than Samichlaus. Extremely sweet from start to finish and with the same salty notes that extreme dark lagers all seem to be unable to do without. Soy-like, rooty also. Meaty, filling finish. Very liquorous and concentrated, but feels like wort in the end. Cerealic and rough.

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