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RATINGS: 1093   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.


UDBeernut's rating

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
UDBeernut (1843) - Saint Johns, Florida, USA - FEB 28, 2012
12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass a: deep ruby read color, 1/4" off white head that leaves so lacing on the side of the glass s: huge floral and citrus hop followed by caramalized malt t: nice caramal and toasted malt front cut nicely by clean citrus (grapefruit) hop. Hint of chocolate. nice bitterness. Very complex and pleasing. m&d: medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Drinkable beer for its ABV.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
devman171 (1047) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 16, 2014
Draft, pours dark amber with tan head. Aroma is caramel and dank hops, taste is similar with a well balanced body and dry bitter finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcclainc50 (204) - New York, USA - DEC 13, 2014
Pours a nice amber color with a slightly of white head leaving heavy lacing. Nice malty aroma. Aroma flavor is right up front with a slight sweetness of candies sugar. Very good red.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hfmejias (807) - Dover, Delaware, USA - DEC 12, 2014
22 Fl. Oz. Bomber. Pours copper, clear, nice off white head and nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of grapefruit, some malts and some yeast. Taste is quite hoppy but nicely balanced with malts. Super enjoyable and very drinkable. Good stuff...!!!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
luttonm (2420) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 10, 2014
22oz in Seattle. Rich mahogany brown. Strong red fruit, molasses and alc aroma. Carries through the body. Solid, tasty beer, but not very subtle. Rich, love it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobBestwick (598) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 10, 2014
Bottled sample. Pours with a dark copper colour and off white head. Grapefruit flavours with malty notes. Oily texture with hoppy bitterness in the finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CopterScott (158) - Kansas, USA - DEC 10, 2014
clear amber color with a thin off-white head. aroma is light pine and malts. Flavor is pine hopes, caramel, and toast.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AdamT (186) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 10, 2014
1pint bottle from The Beer Store Wilson. Copper colored hue, good clarity (can see through glass), with somewhat lasting light brown fizzy head. Decent lacing. Strong citrus hop, some sweet floral, light malt and pine aromas. Light bitter orange citrus hop and some floral taste up front with a grapefruit and lemon peel finish. Once it sits for a bit more of a floral taste mixed with citrus hop dominates the taste. Lively carbonation, dry texture on the palate.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocJitsu (1045) - Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2014
Pours a clear golden copper color with a rich, tan, well-retaining head. Some light toffee aromas are barely noted through the monster west coast hop profile. Wet mouthfeel with moderately harsh hop heat. Toasted malt does all it can to adequately provide a backbone for this hop giant. But it brought a knife to a gunfight.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jackfrost9p (308) - California, USA - DEC 7, 2014
Really nice, smooth and refreshing. Nicely balanced and not too hoppy or bitter.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ret12 (453) - Maryland, USA - DEC 7, 2014
This beer smelled very hoppy yet the taste was mostly a thick yet smooth malt. Nice heavy palate with a sizeable head. Hints of caramel and slightly boozy.


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