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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kevinator (991) - The Colony, Texas, USA - MAR 8, 2014
Powerful and different. Apparently, the 2013 version has 13.5% alcohol. The aroma was strong with malts, hops and some wood. It had an antiseptic hint to it. Old ales are always a throw of the dice since they don’t necessarily follow any style points. The palate was smooth and oily with low carbonation. It had a murky copper-brown color. It tasted sweet and somewhat boozy with a dry hop finish. It was good and unique but by far not my favorite from this brewery.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
alliance100 (721) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 1, 2014
Draft at Kuhnhenn - pours a mahogany brown with thin tan head . Aromas of reasons and figs . Flavors include caramel , toffee , dark fruit , and alittle bit of heaven. Finish is sweet. An excellent brew . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RespertFTW (520) - Michigan, USA - FEB 28, 2014
Bottle. 2012 & 2010 vintages. Very different beers. Both excellent. Amber. No head. Raisins, brown sugar, caramel aroma. Sweet smooth big body. Very enjoyable.

-- rated with beerbasher

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Johnsense (828) - - FEB 25, 2014
2012 bottle. Copper pour, little head. Sweet sroma, brown sugar, plum, fig. Very sweet, though alcohol is subdued. Dried dark fruits, brown sugar, molasses, hints of oak. Lower carb.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rxeight (1376) - Illinois, USA - FEB 12, 2014
2013 bottle. 13.5%. Thanks Mike. Very sweet aroma. Came sugar and caramel. Taste is her sweet and boozy. Caramel. Toffee. Vanilla. Marshmallow. More sugar. More booze. Some dark fruits raisins and figs. Probably better with some age. I’ll sit on my second bottle for a bit and report back.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Koelschtrinker (10848) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - JAN 26, 2014
Intensiver, malzig alkoholischer Antrunk. Deutliche Schokoladennoten, Vanille, süß. Rund und intensiv malzig bleibend, Toffeenoten. Intensiv, zum Ende etwas brennend alkoholisch, dennoch ausgewogen. 8/11/9/10/8/10

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dfonorow (1512) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 21, 2014
Pour is dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma is dominated by sweet dark fruit, caramel, and a touch of booze. Flavor leans towards the malts with notes of raisins, figs, smoke, leather, nuts, and licorice. Slightly bitter finish, medium bodied, good carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nuplastikk (4582) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 7, 2014
Thick, oily, viscous brown-amber body. Sweet molasses brown sugar richness. Really quite nice. Easy on the palate, maple sweetness covers up the alcohol well. Really well done, big caramel tones. An excellent dessert beer, leaning into liqueur.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
maekchu (2205) - Hirakata, JAPAN - JAN 4, 2014
Bottle. 2010 vintage. Massive sweet slick caramel nose, with some moderately aged cheese, raisins, and light berries. Clear dark straw color. Super sweet initial: the caramel is intense but also controlled / medium-strength fruitiness. Medium heavy body. Great stuff. Has one of the most complex, gentle aromas -- I spent about 15 minutes just savoring the nose before tasting it. Amazingly good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
KyotoLefty (6581) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 4, 2014
2010 bottle. Very British BW nose, lots of treacle, caramel, apple and pear. Nice old English nose. Dark brown, orange tints, persistent lace. A bit cloudy. Caramel, aged cheese, leaves, hay, raisins, light tobacco. Perfect soft, silky body. Nice bitterness. A lovely english-style strong beer. Very nice.

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