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RATINGS: 94   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 303   ABV: 10.1%
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This dark rich ale is incredibly complex. Notes of dark fruit, caramelized sugar, toffee, raisins, and black pepper play against a sweet vanilla flavor from the oak and a round satiny finish from the hint of brandy left in the wood.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TURDFERGUSON (3961) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 31, 2013
Bottle. Sick label. I’d love a hoodie with that monk on it--someone else suggested that, but I agree. Never go wrong with a hoodie--unless you live in Ecuador! Anyway. Poured into my newly acquired Westy 12 glass. Thanks Dave! I owe you beer! Pours dark mahogany with a small fast fading off white head. Nose is typical of the style--dark fruits, some raisin, plum, vanilla, light pepper. Flavor is similar--estery, caramel, dark fruits. Not much booze, but not a lot of complexity either. Just sorta there. I feel like they should have aged this in the same wine barrels used for the Dubbel. Those barrels are magic and did wonders on the dubs.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
leah2974 (445) - Georgia, USA - JAN 29, 2013
Very dark mahogany, thin pale head, mild carbonation, caramel sweetness, dark fruits, alcohol, some acidity, prunes.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
DYCSoccer17 (3329) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 28, 2013
10 ounce sample on tap at Rubicon. The aroma is very vinous on this, with a lot of grape. Oak and mildly sweet aromas are also present. Just a lot of grape on this, for some reason. Transparent cola-colored body with a small, weak mocha-colored head. Starts super wine-like. Lightly tannic. Wood flavors follow. Finishes with a sweet, chewy flavor consisting of prunes and raisins. This is a bit weird. Undercarbonated, and way out of balance. Not a great experiment.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
brokensail (11085) - Orange County, California, USA - JAN 20, 2013
Almost black in color with a tan head. Nose of graham cracker, prune, dark fruit, wood, butter, and vanilla. A strong vinous, almost port-like character, intense brown sugar sweetness, molasses, and licorice, too. The flavor is quite sweet and sugary. Tons of brown sugar, prunes, molasses, licorice, and port. Mild vanilla, graham cracker, alcohol, roasted malt, wood, and a hint of butterscotch.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Emeister84 (1038) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 18, 2013
Aromas of brandy, cherries, dry cider, and scents redolent of a Flemmish sour. Appearance is hazelnut with decently retaining, beige head. Tastes somewhat sweet, with some brown sugar flavors. Full bodied, smooth and velvety, with refreshing, fluffy carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (5570) - Ohio, USA - JAN 13, 2013
Draft at Dutch’s (1/11/13). Pours reddish brown in color with a medium sized creamy beige head. The aroma is buttery toffee, caramel, fruity, with lighter brandy notes and wood. The flavor has a larger brandy component, wood, caramel, toffee with less butter than the nose and some dark fruits. A mild peppery note is present. Pretty smooth.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
kidmartinek (3723) - austin, Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2013
black, with a thick enough body to appreciate.The head is miraculously and.brilliantly white for such a black beer. Jungle feeeva! It smells intensely carmely like melting Brachs. The palate is milky and the flavor has a lot of other weak stuff going on under the caramel like plum, oat, and milky but weak cocoa and coffee. In sooner than no time to head has done the vanishing act and you’re far from done. Ce la vie. either way, its a bitchin’ beer and you don’t need all that other stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
b3shine (5576) - Indiana, USA - JAN 11, 2013
Draft to snifter at Dutch’s. Looks good; an opaque dark mahogany with beige lacing. Smells and tastes solid; sweet and boozy with notes of dark fruit. Good on the palate with a nice, slick finish. Really good stuff!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrSilverworm (6579) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2013
On tap. Dark brown color. Good thin tan head. Leaves some nice lace. Very complex, interesting nose... Fruity, some raisins, candied fruits, some oak wood, with some vanilla. Medium / bigger body, light soft smooth carbonation, dry finish. Awesome flavor of dark fruit, vanilla, pepper, smooth toffee, with some subtle oak wood and brandy. Lightly sweet, some bitter. Only a suggestion of alcohol, but the tasty interesting complex flavors are way more noticeable. Awesome stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
angrypirate06 (1387) - Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2013
Draught. Clear orange pour with small, long lasting head. Nose is maple, bourbon, brown sugar, oak. Flavor is sweet, maple, oak, bubblegum, vanilla. Silky mouthfeel, warm finish.


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