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RATINGS: 718   WEIGHTED AVG: 4/5   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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5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
koleminer20 (1864) - 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


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bursprak (2149) - Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 18, 2016
Bottle split with the DB boyz. Accompanied with a Romeo & Juliet. Bronze pour with a small head. Lots of vinous notes, caramel, dark dried fruits, vanilla and some nutty notes.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Klimaet (1408) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - APR 10, 2016
Bottle thanks to Aaron for christmas. Pours hazy dark brown with a small bubbly white head. Aroma is full of dark fruits, brown sugar, malts, earthy notes, fudge, liquid caramel. Taste is subtle bitter, sweet malts, caramel, filled chocolates, dark fruits, vinous.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zakoon (479) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 5, 2016
355ml bottle enjoyed @ home, thanks to BenH! Pours murky brown with little to no head. Aroma is caramel, vanilla, earthy, dark dried fruits and brown sugar. Taste is heavy sweetness and light+ bitterness. Full bodied, creamy-ish texture, very soft texture. Finish is sweet, almost cloyingly and vinous.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ljthiessen (1034) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 28, 2016
Bottle. Deep reddish-brown pour, murky, with a small head. Aroma is quite sweet, caramel and raisin, some berry notes, slightly bready. Taste is sweet up front, lots of berry notes and raisin, really flavourful and fruity. Finishes with a slight bitterness to balance and manages to not be too cloying despite a thick, oily texture and a lot of sweetness. Some coffee in the aftertaste. Amazing for the style, complex and really delicious brew.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (12698) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 8, 2016
Bottle 2009 vintage poured a clear reddish brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of toffee, molasses and dried fruit. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of toffee, molasses, dried fruit and light earthiness with a smooth lingering toffee finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (8362) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 17, 2015
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with small beige head that diminishes to nothing. The aroma is caramel, roast, vanilla. Thick mouth, strong dark fruit, toffee, vanilla, light roast, nice booze finish, really enjoyed this.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fritz123 (1535) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - SEP 21, 2015
Bottle from a trade. Poured into a snifter at home. Almost no head and no lacing. The aroma is BIG caramel, toffee, brown sugar, cookie dough, sugar plums, prunes, raisins. Taste is big cookie sweetness dark overripe fruits, brown sugar, toffee, caramel, and dark candies. Mild barrel aging and barrel flavors. Thick and chewy. Is it supposed to have ZERO carb? Some old ales have some. This one is flat as a pancake. Overall flavors are delicious.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
PMgep (226) - Lund, SWEDEN - AUG 20, 2015
Old rating from 2012. Wonderful, complex beer that hide the alcohol well. Sweet taste with fruits

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mabel (8014) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 29, 2015
[7255-20150529] 500mL bottle. Minty soya sauce and sweet malty leaf aroma. Hazy, dark brown body with a quick foamy off-white head. Sweet roasted soya minty sauce flavour with a long toasted bread dipped in syrup aftertaste. Medium-full body is quite boozy. Tasty. (8/3/8/4/17) 4.0
(c/o mds, w/ him, jercraigs)

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SudsMcDuff (7744) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JUN 22, 2015
Had this many times over the years, might as well rate it seeing as u had a really fantastic bottle last night at Scott’s .. . Deep caramel, burnt toffee, mild booze, and sherry eyes .. . Rich and boozy, but soft like the last morsel .. Legit beer .. . . When my boss gets mad, he throws things. Last week he destroyed a phone and a calculator..


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