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RATINGS: 683   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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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 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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Johnsense (799) - - 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 (1310) - 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. Ill 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 (10643) - Kln (Cologne), GERMANY - JAN 26, 2014
Intensiver, malzig alkoholischer Antrunk. Deutliche Schokoladennoten, Vanille, s. 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 (1440) - 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 (4396) - 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 (2127) - 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 (6449) - 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
koleminer20 (596) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JAN 3, 2014
12 oz bottle. 2013 vintage. Holy smokes. The pour is like muddy lake water. There is no head to be found and as such, no lace either. The aroma is extraordinarily complex. There is a beautiful sweet toffee or caramel with dark fruits galore and a wonderful apple cider character. There are dominant figs and a light marshmallow-ey note. The flavor is just as complex. It starts off like the cider and roars through the labyrinth of dark fruits. The toffee comes through strong on the back end. The mouth feel is perfect. Thick, minimal carbonation, the flavors coat and cling to the tongue. The finish is a touch dry, with a light warming from the 13.5% ABV. Overall just an amazing beer ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ebone1988 (230) - Wyoming, Michigan, USA - JAN 3, 2014
Aroma is apple cider, caramel, malt, syrup. Appearance is reddish brown, hazy, light tan head. Taste is apples, caramel, fades to malt, then fades again to toffee. Wonderful and fantastic. Mouthfeel is perfect, soft carbonation, malty, holy shit its amazing. Overall, one of the best beers Ive ever tasted.

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