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RATINGS: 678   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 16/20
LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - AUG 9, 2006
A very dark red color almost burnt red. The aromas are a great roastiness with a big malt presence that leads to dark fruits flavors that is fairly sweet for this type of beer. But the roastiness defintely balances out the sweetness. This was a good beer, and another fine creation from kuhnhenn. Thanks to Black95tt for sharing a bottle of it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 9, 2006
Pours a clear reddish brown color with a thin tan head. Excellent aroma and flavor of roasted malt, caramel, moderate alcohol and hops, the experience finishes bitter and sweet. This might be the best old ale Iíve had so far, itís an amazing beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gorbalev (2917) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 4, 2006
Bottle from the brewery. Dark ruby brown, very little head - yep, looks the part of an old ale! Aroma is strong - tons of caramel, burnt/roast, a carp load of hops mixed in with this sweet earthiness - this is one stunning aroma, I really donít want to sip it, I want to keep smelling it!! Hops get you at first in the taste, but not overpowering. Nice oily sweet caramel taste, some notes of dark fruit, figs, grapes. Finishes with a mix of bitterness and an interesting earthy linger. Hard to imagine an old ale that comes close to this, what a stunning complex contemplative beer. Alcohol doesnít really come in to the equation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 3, 2006
Big thanks to Tom/CC. What I would consider a really nice pour per style. Dark oxidized copper with hints of topaz in the light. small taupe head. Aromas of hearty malts is near enough for me to just setback and enjoy for a long time before this one needs to be imbibed. Milk chocolate, roses, hints of sweet almonds and rye bread with a touch of caramel all waft about. Sweet flavor dominate the front and carry through to the finish. Oaky malted milk and chocolate start, but quickly release to molasses and wild honey. Thick and chewy in feel, and nearly bordering on cloying. No doubt this will age well. Light oranges and honey in the linger. A touch sweet but a nice example of the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
black95tt (82) - Doylestown, Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2006
Pours a beautiful deep ruby red with a very thin lace. Aroma is filled with dark fruit, plums, raisins, and dark sugars. Flavor is very much the same with a very nice sugar coated dark fruit flavor. The sweetness is prominent, but not cloying. Alcohol was very well hidden as well. The only off putting thing with this beer was the slight taste of oxidation. Mine was bottled in early 05, so this surprised me a bit. Without that small discrepancy, this beer would have been the perfect old ale for me. I have one left to try some other time. Iíll rerate if it stacks up differently.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mkobes (2140) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JUL 25, 2006
Bottle thanks to Notalush. Reddish brown in color with a little off white head. Malty fruity aroma. Caramel molasses notes. Malty sweet flavor. Nice light hop character. Brown sugar raisins and prunes. Smooth tasting. Full bodied. Finish is dry. Alcohol is well hidden here. Well balanced beer. Enjoyable. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUL 24, 2006
Bottle thanks to Notalush at the NYRBG. Reddish brown color with a small beige head. Really nice, sweet caramel malt aroma with some dark fruits and molasses. Flavor was also sweet and malty, but not cloying. Lots of caramel, brown sugar and prunes. Hides the alcohol quite well. The bottle was fairly young and I can see a little aging making this beer even better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - JUL 20, 2006
A dark ruby pour, with a small head, Sweet, musty,Fruity, alcohol is very well hidden. actually pretty easy drinking for me, nice brew. Thanks to Duane for this gem!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 9, 2006
Upon its release the beer sets in the glass a beclouded ruby red with a personable creamy light tan head that slowly evaporates leaving an admirable sheet of lace. Nose has a bit of muskiness with sweet malt, hints of caramel, delectable this nose, sweet at the start, grain profile perfect and the top middling in its feel. Finish has a determined acidity, the hops spicy and enjoyable, the after taste dry, with a nice bit of tummy warming, a total hit with me, and a must try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Aggie80 (785) - Michigan, USA - JUL 8, 2006
Brewed 2/16/05. Dark brown with tan head and incredible lacing. A wide spread experience, from the heavy malt aroma to the smooth flavor of malt, spices and a touch of resin in the after taste. Really easy to sip and the warm glow spreads throughout the body.

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