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RATINGS: 1132   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   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.


3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dorkenstein (91) - - JUN 30, 2015
Aroma is of caramel malts, bubblegum, peach, mango,pineapple, and booze. Taste is caramel, cola, toffee, then a hoppy bite with some pineapple and booze.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Slipstream (2218) - USA - JUN 25, 2015
Amber pour with a big, active head. This is an astringent and very hoppy red/amber ale, with some lager flavor. At first this is almost like a random blend one might together from a few open bottles at a beer tasting, but the flavor did grow on me. The aroma is lightly funky and sweet. It is Interesting on the palate, with notes of chili and wintergreen. This was not love at first taste, but it is a good brew.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
matty (243) - Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 19, 2015
25 oz. bottle. Pours a clear reddish-amber color with a thin, brief tan head. Heavy aroma of malt, caramel & hops. Medium-full body, taste is a good balance of malt and hops, a little sticky mouthfeel. The caramel stays with me on the swallow. Pretty good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbaaron (1650) - Arizona, USA - MAY 29, 2015
Beautiful clear ruby red amber. Great big malty, hoppy, balanced aroma. Bigger medium body. Good bittersweet. Nice big hop flavor balanced by excellent maltiness. Fruity. Pine. Caramel. Toffee. Big but rounded and easy to drink.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MarinEvelyn (670) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 29, 2015
Big, bold malt, sweet, smooth hops, but strong pine taste. Very good, high level beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kevinsenn (1437) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 23, 2015
Bottle. Caramel and toasty aroma. Spicy toasty malt taste. Bitter finish. Sweet up front. Tasty strong ale.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsmerig (1343) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2015
Pours a deep clear ruby red with a foamy tan head. Aroma of rich malt and floral hops. Taste is smokey roasted malt with a slightly tart floral bitter finish. Finishes clean and crisp. Slight hint of dark cherries. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gaultier (903) - SWEDEN - APR 18, 2015
Beer tasting @ Jorn69 3/1-15. Bottle from Systembolaget. Hoppy with caramel, grapefruit and pine needles, also some sweetness. The finish is dry, bitter and hoppy.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hman43 (572) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - APR 4, 2015
It pours a ruby color with a slight bit on clouding. The head is off white with a small bit of lacing. It has aromas of caramel, cherries, and other dried fruits. The sweet taste is that of cherries and dried fruits. It is sweet on the plate as well.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bartzluke (271) - Oklahoma, USA - MAR 28, 2015
12 oz pour from refrigerated bomber into Spiegelau IPA glass. Strong head that dissipates moderately quickly. Leaves a bit of head on the top of the beer. Little lacing. Nice ruby color. Strong carbonation. Moderately opaque. Nose is great. Fruit and pine. Mouthfeel is a bit creamy with a bit of a carbonated bite. Taste is nice with mild sweetness. Strong hop bitterness, though not much aftertaste. Good maltiness. Pine, orange juice, raisin, and biscuit. A very enjoyable beer.


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