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RATINGS: 589   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 84   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.8%
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Brewed in small 10-barrel batches with Certified Organic barley malt, this crimson hued ale has a sweet caramel nose with a zesty spicy, citrus taste. It has a slight hop finish and leaves a warm, tingling sensation on the tongue.A great winter warmer!

Malts Used: Organic Barley
Boiling Hops: Columbus, Brewer’s Gold
Finishing Hops: Columbus, Brewer’s Gold, Perle


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4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BEENJAMIN (290) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 2, 2013
2011 vintage, cellar temp. Incredible coca notes with sweet fruits and caramel. Spicy citrus with a milk chocolate flavor, ends with a sweet malt finish. One of my personal favorites; age worthy and always complex.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tomekk1978 (1302) - Z±bki, POLAND - AUG 9, 2016
Wersja z 2014 roku (10% alk).

Aromat: dość bogaty i złożony. Dominują nuty słodowe - chleb, tosty, karmel, może trochę toffi. Nieco nut chmielowych i sporo estrów - suszonych owoców. Alkohol nieźle ukryty, odrobina akcentów winnych.

Wygląd: barwa miedzian do czerwonej, wyraźnie zamglona. Piana beżowa, drobno pęcherzykowa, dość obfita i względnie trwała.

Smak: intensywnie słodowy i słodki z karmelem, chlebem, ciastkami, orzechami, nutami opiekanymi, choć szybko pojawiają się także owoce suszone i sherry, które niestety zaczynają dominować. Alkohol obecny, ale nie poraża. Goryczka wyraźna, jak dla mnie nieco zbyt mocna, lekko cierpka i długa. Krągła do tęgiej pełnia, umiarkowane wysycenie i słodowo - owocowy finisz z nutą alkoholową rozgrzewająca przełyk.

Przyzwoite, ale zbyt estrowe i goryczkowe. Wolę raczej bardziej słodowe wersje lub te amerykańskie z intensywniejszym chmielem.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Estebanik (712) - Lublin, POLAND - JUL 1, 2016
Piana całkiem spoko jak na bw. W aromacie sporo słodkich owoców, lekko miodowe. W smaku słodkie, owocowe. Alkohol dobrze ukryty. Goryczka nawet spoko balansuje słodycz, ale tylko przez chwilę, posmak jest zdecydowanie ulepkowy. Jest okej.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sir__v (1982) - Lille, FRANCE - JUN 23, 2016
Bottle from Deconinck, Vichte - BE. Color: clear dark amber beer with no carbonation and small brown head. Smell: caramel and full grain nose. Alcohol and toffee notes. You smell the complexity… Taste: full body with full grain and high malty structure. Toffee and brown sugar taste. Very sweet domination. Nice bouquet. Very tasty. Aftertaste: toffee and hoppy with astringent alcohol.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerhunter111 (16416) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAY 25, 2016
Klare hell orange braune Farbe, geringe leicht beige schaumkrone. Geruch nach reifen Früchten, Obst, süßes malz. Geschmack kräftig malzig, reifes Obst, Karamell, Vanille, alkoholisch.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bpreo (2496) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - MAY 22, 2016
I have the 2014 vintage... Yeah, I’m not a beer snob, so let’s not pretend. It’s a two year old beer, which usually wouldn’t be a good thing. But let’s find out... Original Rating 5/22/2016: 10, 5, 8, 5, 19.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheCaptMatey (206) - Ohio, USA - MAY 10, 2016
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2016 2014 vintage. Poured a dark copper to brown colour with a cream head that left minimal lacing. Aroma is dark fruit: cherries, plums, and raisins with caramel and toffee malts. Minimal hint of alcohol. Flavor is nutty, caramel malts with an encompassing burnt toast flavor and herbal backnotes. Full bodied with a chewy mouthfeel, this brew has an astringent and bitter finish. Starts off inviting, but becomes quite the boozy palate wrecker.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
ALLOVATE (2874) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 7, 2016
2013 vintage, 11.4% ABV.
At cellar temperature and into a snifter this one goes. Soft ’pffft’ as the cap releases; a rousing pour yields a tidy and tight off white crown atop a russet cola brown body that shimmers in the shallows. Richly sweet, burnt sugar and caramelised dark stonefruit on the nose with a hint of lavender, camphor, cough syrup, stewed rhubarb and earthy ochre. Wow, the first sip certainly shifted all that was my palate. Scorched, burnt, tannic and astringent come to mind but I gots ta focus on da flava y’all! Yeah, no I can’t!!! Burnt to almost acidic and scraping is the finish. Astringent and gaping like sucking on grapeskins. The flavour toffeeish but I think someone wasn’t watching the pan and it ignited. Rubbery, phenolic and like burnt pastic; it is lasting without mercy. Alcohol? I wish, need something to soften the blow and this is three years cellared. Bit harsh to even respect the term wine let alone ale. Gammy, sickly sweet, viscous and residual to punish. Like sucking on a toffee that gets stuck on the roof of your mouth. Positives? Another ten years in the cellar. Negatives? Perhaps balance and definition. Disappointed! (12fl.Oz, The Int’l Beer Shop, Leederville)

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tightslice (888) - Redwood City, California, USA - MAY 4, 2016
Bottle from Beltramo’s in Menlo Park, CA. Aroma is caramel, malts, a bity booze, some herbal liqueur. Taste is a little dirty malts, earthy, herbal...a little bitter and weak on the finish. Nice herbal, earthiness with some herbal digestif qualities but a bit too boozy and not especially balanced.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lore (2083) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAY 1, 2016
dark amber to reddish brown colour, large, dense yellowish-beige head; aroma of herbs, caramel, biscuits,orange zest, some floral and overripe tropical fruity notes; bittersweet taste with intensive herbal notes, overripe fruits, syrup and biscuits; not bad!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Marduk (6129) - Reval, ESTONIA - APR 24, 2016
355ml bottle (thanks martjoobolut). Clear deep red color. Medium size, yellow head, stays. Sweet, nutty, hops, raisins, lemon peel in aroma. Bitter lemon peel, raisins, nut skins, sweet in taste. Dry mouthfeel. Raisins and oily walnuts in aftertaste. Bitter hops. Hops are kind of too strong and are killing some of the other things. Bit out of balance brew.


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