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RATINGS: 1076   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 84   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
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This Special Ale is, in reality, a reconstructed exhumation of the very first ale that we ever brewed way, way back, in 1993. Brewed with a big head, a muscular malty thorax, a silky texture & all strung together with a hoppy sweet nerve sack... yum.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maxbier (367) - Maryland, USA - OCT 31, 2014
Dark ruby copper pour from 22oz bomber bottle. Tan head. Fresh piney hop aroma. Malty caramel sweetness, very nice palette, creamy smooth. Pine grapefruit hop flavors. Medium high carbonation up front. Nice sweet and bitter finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ThreeCats (592) - ISRAEL - OCT 31, 2014
Pours slightly hazy honey with a foamy head. Aroma quite hoppy, but with a strong malt and honey notes. Citrus and tropical fruit mostly. Taste manages to be both hoppy and malty without actually being "balanced". That is, it’s kinda like drinking two beers that have been poured into your mouth together and never really mixed. Very interesting. Palate is decidedly hoppy, and the whole thing stops a few gravity points too high to be an IPA, but than again, it’s not listed as one. ;)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Danyel (1051) - Colorado, USA - OCT 30, 2014
Bottle. Pours brown with deep red hues, clear, foamy off-white head. Aroma is citrus, fresh grain, barley, sweet, pepper. Taste is medium bodied, sweet with bitter backbone, nice long finish. Overall, good.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DSG (6261) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - OCT 30, 2014
Bottle shared at a tasting at Mastikim. Clear copper-amber. Aroma of malt, caramel, toast, a cookie-ish note and piney and citric hops, slightly stale. Sweetish malty flavor with some caramel, toast, a biscuity touch, some decent hops, a bit citric and piney, and a moderately bitter finish. Medium-bodied.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
neongolden (509) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 28, 2014
(650ml bottle from Systembolaget) Pours a clear dark reddish amber with a big off-white head that lingers with a wall of lace. Aroma has a decent blend of hop and malt character - peach, poached pear, hint of tropical fruit, earthy, some toffee, little bit of grain. Palate has the mostly same components, sweet at first with a light toffee/caramel core, stewed fruit/red berry/stone fruit flavour A bit of citrus peel/pith shows up in the middle with some bready malt, slightly earthy. Bitterness is fairly low but definitely present on the finish to help dry things out, a bit earthy with touches of grain, more citrus peel, lingering malt notes. Medium bodied but silky with creamy carb. Was quite impressed with this one, lower expectations given the low ABV and IBU for the style along with age. Drank quite nicely, decent flavours and balance.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ansalon (1561) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - OCT 27, 2014
Pours mahogany with a large frothy off white head. Aromas of caramel, ripe tropical fruit, hay, peach and grapefruit. Taste is caramel, ripe peach, ripe apricot, butterscotch, apple, bitter lemon. Mouthfeel is quite substantial with medium carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
John25 (642) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - OCT 26, 2014
Bottle. Clear but, dark amber with a tight off white head. Aroma is light malty caramel, sweet earthy hops, and toast. The taste follows closely with medium bitterness. Medium body with a pretty long finish. Overall, an excellent representation of a basic, simple concept. Very good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
1guywith_aboat (241) - phenix city, Alabama, USA - OCT 26, 2014
Very nice brew. Malty aroma. Malty flavor. Fruity undertones. Medium body. Not overpowering. On point.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alliance100 (779) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 24, 2014
Draft at Logan's Alley - pours a transparent amber . Soft fruity aroma . Taste is mild earthy hops with a hint of red berry fruit . Malty sweet finish . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wihlan (313) - Malmö, SWEDEN - OCT 24, 2014
Flaska från systemet - maltig doft, lite mörkare och något grumlig. Komplex maltig smak och en fyllig kropp.


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