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RATINGS: 89   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (5236) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
kidmartinek (3507) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
b3shine (5132) - Cincinnati, Ohio, 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrSilverworm (5899) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (6715) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 4, 2013
Draft. Mahogony beer with a dark cream head. Brandy and dried fruit aroma. Yeast and brandy flavor with dried fruit and caramel. Medium bodied. Brandy and dried fruit linger with caramel and light yeast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ACHops (641) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 27, 2012
On tap @ Chuck’s 85th. He has it labeled as a bourbon barrel version, but I think it’s the same. Pours a watery murky goldish brown with no head. Aroma is bourbon, molasses, and a hint of buttery toffee. Taste is funky Belgian yeast, raisins; with a strong bourbon finish. I liked the regular version of this but found it somewhat pedestrian. The barrel aging definitely takes that up a notch. Also hides the alcohol a bit. Somewhat odd on a beer this thin bodied though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TwoSipDip (8880) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2012
Tap @ Black Bottle Fort Collins. Brandy barrel version- I think this is the correct entry. Pours a clear, dark reddish brown appearance with a small tan head. Dark grape, plum, fig, a bit leathery, spicy, oatmeal cookie aroma. Slightly low carbonation. Spicy, cinnamon, vinous, dark grape, plum, caramel, a bit woody, peppery flavor. Kind of a cool brew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thirdeye11 (5479) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 16, 2012
(Draught) deep ruby, rig tan bubbles. Nose of sherry barrel, rich dark fruit, smooth, raisin, fig, awesome. Taste of rich dark fruit, sherry/port, figgy, really nicely done!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
CHUDNW (28) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 14, 2012
The barrel-beating serves this kind of beer well. Big old raisiny belgian with all that funk and spice from the brandy oak. Worth a drink

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