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RATINGS: 713   WEIGHTED AVG: 4/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
Deep ruby red ale. Extreme malty/caramel flavor; sweet up front, finishing with hop bitterness and aroma. Very complex beer. We recommend at least four more months of age. But it is a delight to drink now.
Batch 1 - brewed late 2003, draught only.
Batch 2 - brewed 8/1/2004
Batch 3 - brewed 2/16/2005
Batch 4 - brewed end of Dec. 2005 (part of this batch was bourbon-aged)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (5030) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 8, 2015
12 oz. bottle shared by Willrunforbeer. Blind tasting... Murky brown color without head. Aroma is figs, sugar covered dates and light yeast.

This is sweet as "all get out". Whoa, sugar covered raisins, figs and dried dark fruit. Slight prune juice hints. Alcohol is slightly noticeable in the finish but never would have guessed 13.5 % after the fact. Later I find itís the 2013 vintage. The brew reminds me of a older barely wine or high ABV Abby Dubbel. Sweet sugar finish. Super sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WillRunForBeer (1735) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 8, 2015
12oz bottle from trade. Dated 2013. Pours muddy brown with a white ring. Aroma is raisin, molasses, brown sugar. Taste is quite sweet. Raisin, date, brown sugar, a bit of red fruit. Warm. Iím liking this, but beware it is nearly cloying.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hackobock (2432) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 21, 2015
February 21, 2015. Bottle at home, 2011 vintage.
Murky amber without any head. Aroma is plums, figs, toffee, brown sugar, alcohol, slight touch of roasted malts. Taste is sweet dried fruits, brown sugar, very light bitterness, some oxidized notes, finish is light roasted malts. Medium bodied, creamy texture, soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (7821) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 4, 2015
Bottle at Craigís. Pours dark brown, nose is slightly oxidised, sherry, taste is sweet fruits, sickly caramel, tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
crajun (1103) - , Texas, USA - JAN 31, 2015
2012 bottle from umich03jm.dammmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm thatís great. seemed to be sediments in pour from bottle to glass. dark dirty brownish pour with light lacing on edges. dark fruits burnt sugar and toffee in aroma. Same in taste with much sweetness toward end. thatís a ridiculously great tasting beer - some alcohol, some qualities of a port, not hard liquor. loved this!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - JAN 29, 2015
Bottle: Had this many times on tap & from various bottles. Review from a two-year old 2011 bottle, the best vintage I can recall having. Thick pour, deep mahogany & ruby color with a very small khaki crown that recedes to a thin ring in just moments. Huge aroma. Bursting with power. Caramel, warm toffee, brown sugar, plums, black cherry, candied dates, a hint of woodiness, burnt nuts, sherry & brandy booze characters, tobacco, graham cracker, a hint of butterscotch with some vanilla... WOW. Complex beyond belief. Taste is no different; huge dark fruit presence with notes of cherry, plum, prune, & even raspberry. Sticky sweet caramel & toffee drizzle laces with brown sugar, vanilla, brandy, honey, light maple syrup, & even a hint of marshmallow. Slight earthy & nutty tones in the back-end, finishing with complex notes of nuts, toffee, graham cracker, & black raspberry. Huge, sticky body that coats the palate. Just an incredible beer. I might be the only person to feel this way, but I slightly prefer this to the Bourbon Barrel version, if only because much of the dizzying complexity gets blunted with the heavy barrel influence.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
cfrancis (2790) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 28, 2015
Wow. wow wow. This is awesome! Pours dark brown to black with not much carbonation. Aroma is sickly sweet caramel, raisin and toffee. Taste is just great, a bit boozy, but big caramel and toffee sweetness and I mean big. Raisins, plums, figs, oak. Itís just a pleasant sipper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SlackerMads (2356) - DENMARK - JAN 27, 2015
Bottle, 2011 3dti0n. Dark brown with a small beige head. Malty nose with some whiskey and sharp alcohol. A bit intimidating. Full bodied and sugary beast, but also soft and full. Lots of malt; brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, coconut, dark dried fruit. Alcohol isnít harsh but warming and it works really well as a sipper for the winter. Short on time I had to line up a couple of Jšgerbombs to get things moving. Full and sugary, but not sticky. Long malty finish with bourbon notes even though it is not barrel aged. Really long finish. Neh! Neh! Neh! Fuh! Fuh! Fuh! Indians.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcox90 (1737) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 15, 2015
12 oz. bottle shared by jcwattsrugger. 2013 vintage. Dark mahogany pour. Little to no head, ok, perhaps a thin beige ring. Aroma is rich and boozy. Caramel, toffee, maple syrup and a heady dose of alcohol. Sweet, but not cloyingly so. Slow sips net you a gut warming glow. All I can say is Wow! and thanks for sharing John.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnnnniee (3163) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 10, 2015
2013 vintage shared by Jcwattsrugger, thanks for the opportunity! Big sweet sugary alcohol touch of oxidation. Nice brew.

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