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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - APR 9, 2007
Batch 3 bottle. Poured a dark brown-orange color with a thin head. Sweet raw sugarcane aroma, a bit of dark pit fruit and alcohol. Thick, syrupy palate. The flavor is of dark sweetness - a molasses/treacle taste, a hint of fruitiness, and really not much alcohol in the taste. The finish is mildly dry, and slightly tannic. This brew really appeals to me since Iím a big fan of scotch ales, and this is very similar. Rich, dark, and sweet, without going overboard in any category.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TURDFERGUSON (4027) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 7, 2007
í04 bottle shared by Ross at the Carolina Crew gathering. Thanks dookie! Nose is strong malts, a little roasty, a good portion of caramelized sugar, and a little cocoa. Flavor is a bit overwhelming with strong flavors throughout of sweet sugary malts, roasted malts, molasses, and some booze in the finish. This was about the 10th beer of our tasting and after sipping this one I started buzzing really nicely. I liiiiike...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
WeeHeavySD (3361) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 3, 2007
batch 03 via trade with Iím guessing Footbalm. Big Humongous lofting aroma. Malty funky, vinious, Sour Sweet, yummy in my nose. Ruddy brown color with a thin tan head. The taste is big sweet strong and wow. This is really freaking amazing. Sweet with a lot of character.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - APR 2, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2007 Courtesy SoLan. 2005 bottle. Pours a caramel brown with a small white head. Smells like big malts, a little heat, slight caramel, a little soapiness, but its an old ale and they kind of have that character. Taste has big malts, with a touch of sourness and some caramel. A little bit sweet, with a bitter finish. Some molasses and raisins also are detectable in the taste. Pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - MAR 27, 2007
12 oz. bottle batch 3 via trade with Pailhead - Pours a hazy brown color with a half finger thick light tan head. Light spotty lacing. Aroma is dark esters and toasted malt. Flavor is much off the same with just enough bitterness for balance. Medium to full body. Alcohol is only slightly noticeable. A very good beer. Thanks Kevin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - MAR 20, 2007
A style that seems to be gathering a good bit of popularity. Pours out a dark brown color with a nice beige head. Aroma is very sweet with nice choco notes with maybe some fruit. Flavor was sweet with not one bit of hops to it. Had a nice warming to it as it coats the throat. Great brew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ross (2128) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - MAR 18, 2007
2004 Bottle that I got god knows when from a trade with Len (MrManning) Thanks. I have had this for a long time, probably almost a year. Pours out a dark brown color with a thick tan head on it. Smell is sweet, some hints of chocolate, roasted malts, and some sweetness. Taste is smooth and rich, full of dark fruits, malts, and sweet. Perhaps a little too sweet, but still very good. Hops had all but completely faded out of this one. Good stuff, wish I had more, and I would love to pair this with a cigar. Thanks for the bottle Len.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 24, 2007
Tap at Spuyten Duyvil. Deep brown/ruby beer with almost no head to speak of. Very still appearance. Sweet grapey/vineous aroma. Plums/figs/dates. Soft sweet chocolate and a touch of leathery character as well. There is a touch of saltiness in the nose as well. Warming brings out loads of intensely sweet malts. Flavour is very sweet with dark chewy malts, licorice, dried fruits (raisins/dates/plums) as well as some herbal/spicy hops throughout. Intensely sweet and alcoholic and the sweetness tends to get cloying after awhile. A kiss of smoke on the back of the palate. Chewy palate, peppery alcohol and lots of dried fruit make this an appealing brew, but itís a bit too sweet for me. Still, with it being as cold as it is outside, this makes my belly warm.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drewbeerme (3915) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2008 12oz bottle, brewed on 2/16/05, almost itsí 2 year anniversary. Sampled next to Bourbon Barrel Fourth Dementia. Poured deep mahogany with reddish hue and a small tan head around the rim. Nose is lovely, candied dark fruits, plums, currants, brown sugar, bread, chocolate and caramel covered raspberries. The nose seems a little to yeasty which detracts from the notes. Flavor notes has some really nice caramel, dark fruits, raspberries, with a hint of dark chocolate. Only complaint in the flavor is that although it tastes wonderful, the notes donít seem balanced perfectly. Maybe more age will help. Not overly sweet at all. Alcohol is noticed but hidden well. Mouthfeel is rich and smooth. Carbination is low and body is medium. Kuhnhenn has really got something special here. I preferred this over the BA version.4.2.

5/12/08, bottled 2/16/05 making it 3 years and 3 months old. pours brown with creamy tan head. aroma is pretty oxidized, vegetal, sherry, caramel, tobacco. flavors are sweet and oxidized, caramelized dark fruit, sherry, and vegetal. very smooth brew. the oxidized notes reallly smoothed out once it breathed. wow really tasty and easy drinking. although iím not sure this really got better and it would probably get too oxidized with much more age.4.1.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 11, 2007
Bottle. A Dark red brown beer with a small brown head. The aroma is sweet malty, rye bread, soya, caramel and alcohol. The taste is sweet caramel malt, rye bread and alcohol. Medium to full body with a light oxidiced finish.

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