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RATINGS: 2165   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   EST. CALORIES: 246   ABV: 8.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Deep burgundy color with a big, fluffy head. Complex fruit aromas with a layered sweetness (honey, then caramel, then toffee) with a hint of licorice and chocolate. A big, rich, abbey-style ale that dries out nicely on the finish.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fritz (5) - New York, USA - JUN 9, 2004 does not count
an incredible abbey. a winter dinner fave. rich and beautiful color. a bit chocolaty.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JUN 9, 2004
Beautiful deep burdundy with a moderate tan head. Appealing aroma of fruit and spice and candy. Medium body with a slight fizz. However, to me, the flavor was unpleasant. Too astringent.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 9, 2004
Very dark amber. Light continuous head. Strong fruity wine/port aroma. Classy flavour. Sweet cherry and chocolate. Alcohol kick. Almost demands a fancy cigar, steak or desert.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - JUN 7, 2004
Nothing short of brilliant. This abbey ale is one of my favorites. Delicious and awesome.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ross (2125) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUN 6, 2004
wow, this is a really good beer. cant believe its rated 96%. awesome pour, huge head that lasts the whole glass and when you refil it, same thing. dark red in color. fruity smell with a nice sweetness. taste is sweet smooth and somewhat hoppy. slight taste of raisans and some hints of chocolate. this is a most excellent beer. finish is dry and and leaves a wonderful aftertaste.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
firemedic713 (169) - Palm Bay, Florida, USA - JUN 6, 2004
Dark red-brown in color with a thick head. Nice balance in the flavor. Hearty flavors best with hearty meal I’d bet.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zathrus13 (1736) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JUN 4, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2013 I bought this bottle in July 2001, and have cellered it until now. Pours a cloudy brown, looks like apple cider. The aroma is fruit, alcohol, and some raisins. Taste is also fruit and raisins, only slightly sweet.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 2, 2004
In the bottle at the Dundee Dell. This is a big beer with a big mouth feel. Very fruity and berry-like. Strong alcohol burn as it should be. Dark crimson color with an ivory head. Sure, it’s sweet, but the sweetness is easily masked by the strength of the malt character.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Shagnasty (130) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 2, 2004
Nice pour, attractive burgundy color. Starts off sweet with a touch of alcohol and blends nicely into a caramel flavor with a hint of spices. I will have to re rate this beer again soon.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 28, 2004
Bottle: Pours a good looking deep brownish red with a good sized tan head with a small amount of lacing. Aroma: fruit, lots of malt, raisins, honey. Flavor: Alcohol is very present in the beginning, sweet malt, towards the middle of the bottle it gets much more pleasant, creamy, even some chocolate and wine like qualities. Commercial description describes this beer pretty accurately. Good.


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