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RATINGS: 95   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (17520) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 5, 2013
Draft @ Jupiter Sour Sunday, Jupiter, Berkeley, CA. Pours a dark amber brown color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy woody weak brandy and dark fruit aroma. Sweetish malty spicy weak yeasty woody brandy flavor with hints of caramel and dark fruit. Has a sweetish malty woody brandy and dark fruity finish.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (13186) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 18, 2013
Draft at Max’s. hazy ruby maroon color, pretty much flat. Aroma of vanilla, prunes, plums. Taste is tawny port, dark winter fruit, vanilla. Tasty.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 12, 2013
(Draught) Pours an opaque black body with a small beige head. Aroma of wood, raisins, vinous, vanilla, and anise. Flavor of wood, raisins, dates, brown sugar, caramel, juniper, toffee, molasses, and vinous.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (11824) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2013
Keg at Kickbacks. Pours clear ruby with a fine cream head. Lots of rich, faintly tangy berries in the nose, hints of toffee, cherries. Medium to big sweet flavor with pears, dark berries, light toffee, pineapple. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Lightly warming finish with some sticky sugars, dark berries, nips of vanilla and toffee. Nice.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
brokensail (11529) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11489) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 5, 2012
Tap at The Davis Beer Shoppe. For some reason SN rep told them it was bourbon barrel. Lively and introspective discussion and tasting ensued. All agree it was very brandy. So: Pours very dark brown with a creamy beige head. Aroma of vinous dark fruits. Full bodied. Flavor is dark fruit, treacle, oak, vanilla and a definite brandy aspect. Very tasty ale.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (10438) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 21, 2013
A dark copper brown ale with no head. In aroma, sweet candy sugar with roasted notes, licorice, wood extract, fusel alcohol and molasses. in mouth, dark fruits and molasses, loads of alcohol, juniper, licorice, nice. On tap at Farm House, Feb. 10 2012.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ratman197 (10192) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 13, 2012
On tap at Bistro BA Fest poured a clear reddish brown with a lingering ring of tan foam. Aromas of butterscotch, oak, brandycarmel, fruittiness and toffee. Palate was light bodied and crisp. Flavors of carmel, toffee, oak, brandy and fruittiness with a crisp lingering brandy finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (10039) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 18, 2013
Tap at Max’s Taphouse. Pours clear dark brown with a small, fizzy off-white head, short retention with spare. Aroma is vinous grapes, oak, cookie and caramel malt with dates and vanilla. Flavor is malt dominant with light hops and bitterness, vinous notes, vanilla, dates and a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (9912) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2014
Keg at APEX, PDX, 09/11/14. Murky dark mahogany brown with a moderate beige covering and edgeing. Nose is brandy snap biscuits, plummy depths, dark fruit rinds, apple orchard, woody, spice, tobacco. Taste comprises spice, dark fruit rinds, light booze, dates, more nico-tine twinges, toffee, spice, light BA effect. Full bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close with light warming booze. Decent quad, plenty of depth and shit going down, not too sweet, good balance.


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