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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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   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Lilja (2006) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 1, 2015
Ölföreningens julölsprovning 2014. Smak och doft av torkad frukt, marsipan, vanilj, smör, nötter, trä, choklad, fikon, bourbon. Välbalanserad, rund och len, fruktig, så välgjort och komplext, alkoholen väl dold. Mycket gott!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ericdevin (988) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - MAY 1, 2015
Bottle via Alex R. Pours a dark brownish black, slightly translucent. Aroma slightly chocolatey roasty, toffee. Body smooth and rich, with a latent sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JBPortland (1068) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAR 21, 2015
12oz bottle 2013 vintage pours murky reddish brown with small layer of head, low carb. Nose is deep and rich plum, dark fruit, prune, raisin, vanilla, butterscotch, caramel, fig. Taste is similar to nose with an astounding level of complexity, so much going on, rich layered dark fruits and caramel vanilla bread, dark dried raisin and leather. Finishes semi sweet, low bitterness lingering toffee and caramel. Really good, serious brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (4079) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 8, 2015
12 oz. bottle shared by Willrunforbeer. Blind tasting... Murky brown color without head. Aroma is figs, sugar covered dates and light yeast.

This is sweet as "all get out". Whoa, sugar covered raisins, figs and dried dark fruit. Slight prune juice hints. Alcohol is slightly noticeable in the finish but never would have guessed 13.5 % after the fact. Later I find it’s the 2013 vintage. The brew reminds me of a older barely wine or high ABV Abby Dubbel. Sweet sugar finish. Super sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WillRunForBeer (1170) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 8, 2015
12oz bottle from trade. Dated 2013. Pours muddy brown with a white ring. Aroma is raisin, molasses, brown sugar. Taste is quite sweet. Raisin, date, brown sugar, a bit of red fruit. Warm. I’m liking this, but beware it is nearly cloying.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hackobock (2037) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 21, 2015
February 21, 2015. Bottle at home, 2011 vintage.
Murky amber without any head. Aroma is plums, figs, toffee, brown sugar, alcohol, slight touch of roasted malts. Taste is sweet dried fruits, brown sugar, very light bitterness, some oxidized notes, finish is light roasted malts. Medium bodied, creamy texture, soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (5660) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 4, 2015
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours dark brown, nose is slightly oxidised, sherry, taste is sweet fruits, sickly caramel, tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
crajun (1047) - , 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!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tectactoe (3000) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
cfrancis (2658) - 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.

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