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RATINGS: 801   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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12% vol.alc. – re-fermented and bottle-conditioned Rich, dark coloured beer, with a wonderful hoppy, floral nose and well-balanced flavours, making it easy to drink


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (3900) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 21, 2008
Bottle date 13.11.10; Sampled July 2008
A careful yet vigorous pour easily produces a three-finger thick, lightly browned, dark tan colored head. The beer is very dark, deep amber, concentrated brown color that shows a brilliantly clear, dark ruby hue when held up to the light. The aroma is a mix of fruity plum, warming alcohol and sweet spice notes. The nose reminds me a bit of molasses rich ginger bread, some touches of cane-rum soaked raisins, dried figs, Brandy fusels, and fermented prune juice. Spicy notes of clove, a touch of ginger. Buried in the aroma towards the finish is a nice, toasty malt character that contributes some browned biscuit like notes. An interesting, very fruity aroma that definitely shows its 12% abv strength, but somehow manages to come off as being fairly mellow.

Sweet tasting with some toasted, dark malt flavors. This is quite light bodied, especially given the strength though I wouldn’t quite call it quaffable; it is close though and could certainly be dangerous if drunk by someone not realizing its strength. The ample fruitiness continues through to the flavor of this beer with notes of prunes, caramelized raisins, dried figs and even a bit of cherry (in that order of intensity). Some dry cocoa notes come through in the middle, but then the sweet fruit notes seem to sweet the palate clean of this flavor. Noticeable alcohol flavors combine with the other flavors to produce notes of dark Rum, caramelized Brandy and a touch of some tongue numbing, spiced liquors. Speaking of which, flavors of clove, turpene like allspice, light ginger and some pepper notes play a sometimes substantial role as well.

An tasty beer, while it does not do a good job of hiding its substantial strength, it never gets hot or harsh and the alcohol seems to integrate with the other notes. The light body on this brew was also quite nice, never cloying or sticky, yet still rich, satisfying and a sipping brew.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Funknmilla (727) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2009 Bottle at Monks 7/15/08...Brown body with an off-tan head....this beers aroma really changed nicely from start to finish...it began with almost nothing in the nose except distinct licorice Mike and Ike style....it then opened up to a wonderful candy sweetness...the body had a lot of carbonation...that eventually settled....flavors of licorice....light malt and a spiciness... this is the first beer(or one of the few) ive dug that has licorice qualities....finishes with a candy sweetness and the alcohol is extremely well hidden

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 14, 2008
Pours a hazy copper with a frothy off-white head. Spice, bubble gum, caramel, plums, figs, and yeast in the nose. Rich, velvety mouthfeel. Vinuous taste along with molasses and the darker fruits. Heavy malt, but more like a sweeter cognac than caramel. Warm alcohol finish. A very nice beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 27, 2008
The pour reveals a dark brown color with reddish highlights and a medium tan head. In the nose, the yeast provide a smell of bubble-gum, there’s also burnt caramel, malt and fruits. The flavor also has a bubble-gum feel to it with malt sturdy enough to do an adequate job of camouflaging a good part of the alcohol, there’s also burnt caramel and fruits. The body is medium with a liquorous texture and soft carbonation. This is an enjoyable, potent beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FishManLA (337) - Abita Springs, Louisiana, USA - JUN 22, 2008
Pours dark brown with a foamy tan head that dissipates slowly. Nose of nuts, malt and raisins. Taste of raisins, red grapes, nut, spice, and of course, alcohol. Alcohol is potent on the finish as well. This, like some other very strong dark ales is a bit like drinking carbonated cognac. Interesting. Not a bad aperitif beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ScoWRee (404) - Perkiomen, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2008
Pours a deep dark brown with a huge tan foamy head. Aroma of caramel, plums and wheat. Tases of spice, dark fruit , butterscotch, alcohol. Many different aromas and tastes. This is very nice.

3.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dyetube (1337) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUN 16, 2008
This beer pours a deep dark brown with a medium tan head. The aromas are very weak but I get nuts plums and flowers. The flavor is liquorice, dates and a little bit of pepper. This one fell short. Cheers!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rune (9405) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JUN 10, 2008
250ml bottle perfect accompaniment to wild boar at Den Tatoverede Enke in Copenhagen. Mahogany body with a ruby tint. Beige foamy head. Rich spicy aroma where dried fruits play a part. Powerful flavour of dark berries, coffee malts and spicy hops. Moderate sweetness. Finish off with yeast and warming alcohol. Plenty of body. Great stuff (30.05.2008).

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 7, 2008
Dark brown/burgundy pour. Full, creamy foam. Nose could be better but it has some dark fruit, hops and yeast. Flavor is awfully complex, nicely malty with lots of Belgian character. Brown sugar, caramel, toffee along with hints of dark fruits. Well balanced . It’s a really nice ale.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUN 6, 2008
750ml bottle: Deep brown pour with a rich mocha head that lasts. The aroma is inviting with lots of earthy malt, dark chocolate, plum, dry cocoa and a healthy dose of ethery alcohol. Chewy mouthfeel. The carbonation expounds on the tongue and cheeks with each swallow. More big malts leads the way with heavy hints of baker’s chocolate, burnt caramel, sweet dough. The yeast throws plenty of esthers - from plum to banana to cherry. Very complex, but ultimately a bit too sweet for my tastes. Finishes with a splash of alcohol and a mighty dose of white sugar.


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