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RATINGS: 699   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)


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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TylerJonScott (69) - Ontario, - APR 28, 2013
Pours a dark clear mahogany with an off white ring of head that quickly disappears. Awesome aromas of caramel, figs, dates and malt. Tastes about the same with an intense kick from the alcohol. Long warm finish. Good unique brew.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
crajun (1011) - , Texas, USA - JAN 31, 2015
2012 bottle from umich03jm.dammmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm that’s 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. that’s a ridiculously great tasting beer - some alcohol, some qualities of a port, not hard liquor. loved this!!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tectactoe (2519) - 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.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
cfrancis (2565) - 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. It’s just a pleasant sipper.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SlackerMads (1791) - 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 isn’t 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 Jägerbombs 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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcox90 (1605) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnnnniee (2519) - 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.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
puboflyons (2262) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 10, 2015
From a 12 fl. oz bottle. 2013 batch. Shared by jcwattsrugger. Deep amber brown pour. The nose smells boozy but sweet at the same time. Barley malts are in the air. Full body. The sweet maltiness of the taste tends to override the boozy quality up front. Incredibly nice but a bit too sweet for my liking.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radarsock (1037) - Vermont, USA - JAN 10, 2015
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2015 12 oz. bottle supplied by jcwattsrugger - many thanks! Consumed with the NH Harley Davidson crew at Martha’s. To medium-sized snifter, itburnt s a oaken light brown; no carbonation to speak of. Aromas of burnt caramel, butterscotch, stale maple sugar, English noble hops, 2-Row, graham root, roasted marshmallows, and dried lavender. Tastes the same with the addition of golden raisins, sweet malts, mashed bananas, Ceylon black tea, and breadcrumbs. Sweet, syrupy, and delicately warming. Only a bit oxidized.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcwattsrugger (11286) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JAN 10, 2015
12oz bottle-still-dk anber. Abourbon, sweet dk fruit, med malt-caramel. T-follows. Smooth.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Vignale (2243) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 29, 2014
Flaska från ölbutikken 2011 drucken med ölföreningen. 13,5% abv. Ett massivt öl med en gigantisk kropp som gör att alkoholstyrkan är helt integrerad. Silkeslen fyllig munkänsla, söt men välbalanserad. Komplex söt smakbild med stor fatkaraktär. Bourbon, vanilj, cognac, smörkakor, fudge, marsipan och torkad frukt inlagd i cognac. Fantastiskt god.


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