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RATINGS: 1211   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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"Here’s Lookin’ Atcha’!"

Laying there, staring up at the ceiling, head pounding, last night was a dim recollection. How did he get home? Was he alone? Looking to the left and right, the answer was yes, maybe. His head was full of ’rag water, bitters, and the blue ruin’.His teeth felt like he’d been chewing aluminum and his breath smelled like a burning tractor tire. There was a wrenching knot somewhere between his liver and East St. Louis and he couldn’t be sure whether or not he’d wet himself. A yellow sine wave rang in his ears so loud nit made his teeth itch and he was sure that if he touched his skin anywhere it would induce a rhythmic retching jag. Even in the face of all that, he found himself smiling at the realization that today represented the fresh breast of a new year- an undiscovered country- and also there was still one warm, half-full, flat redolent Hairy Eyeball on the nightstand. Yes-there is a God.
2013 vintage - 9.4% abv


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
b3shine (4433) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2014
Draft to taster. Looks good for the style; a mostly transparent caramel orange with thin light beige head. Smells sweet and malty with notes of dark fruit and mild toffee. Tastes like it smells with an average mouthfeel. A safe but underwhelming example of the style.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jayzz (198) - Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2014
Sweet malty taste... Smells like a sour. Nice lacing. Color is very dark amber. Good beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mep3222 (315) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - FEB 18, 2014
Roasted malt some hops and some dark fruit aroma. Flavor is caramel malty, with some hop balance full flavored and balanced. Alcohol is muted pretty well. Has a feel of a barley wine with less hops and a sweet finish. Good but could not drink much of it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
charule (809) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2014
On tap at Three Aces. Poured dark dark amber with good beige lace. Aroma of malt barley some spice. Light carb med bod. Taste if dark fruits some spice balanced.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tbauer1134 (10) - - FEB 14, 2014
Another Friday bomber pour at work. Aromas and tastes caramel/brown sugar and hops. The front end is intense but mellows out to the back. The high alcohol is pretty hidden too. A fun beer with a fun story.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
warhawk91 (236) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - FEB 13, 2014
Bomber. Pour is a clear deep crimson with a finger of off white head which diminishes to a wisp in a few minutes. Good lacing. Aroma is deep caramel with dark fruits including cherry and toffee. Decent scent if hops and booze. Taste is very malt forward. Tons of caramel, cherries, plums a faint hop flavor with spices and a hint of booze on the way down. A lot of barleywine characteristics, perfect for a snow storm! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
EdInSaltLake (518) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - FEB 13, 2014
Cherry-like fruity malt aroma; probably some fruit from hops, too. Sweet, biscuit. Flavor has a similar dark fruit/black cherry character, and sweet, light caramel, bready malt. Subtle citrus hops. Not a ton of bitterness, but enough to cut the sweetness. Fairly heavy mouthfeel. A little warming.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bacterial (1202) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - FEB 13, 2014
Dark amber pour on draft at Stub n Herbs. Light tan head and lots of lacing, this is a big beer. Malty but still with lots of malt character. Nice hop bitterness with just a touch of sweetness on the finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tdoyledesign (155) - Michigan, USA - FEB 11, 2014
Pours a rather dark golden brown color. Aroma is hoppy with a lot of sugar and malt notes. Taste is rather malt forward with some subtle hop, sugar and molasses. Palate is sweet and finishes with some malt notes. Very good but very sweet for my tastes.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnGalt1 (309) - , Idaho, USA - FEB 10, 2014
22 picked up over the weekend at Jerry’s on 27th... Paid a pretty damn reasonable $4.50. 2 finger head.. very clear deep amber when held to a light... leaves dried crusty lacing... Aroma is mostly caramel with light piney hoppiness.. brown sugar and notes of leather... hoppier than I remember. Flavor is pretty much the same as the smell but with a more pronounced citrus element.. same caramel and a little bit of milk chocolate. Some dark dried fruits... Larger medium body with small bubble carbonation. Okay brew... Not nearly close to my favorite wheelhouse, but still something that I look forward to sampling again every year at least a time or three. No flaws really.


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