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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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
badlizard (5537) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 2, 2012
On tap. Dark brown with ruby highlights and almost no head. Big chocolate, butterscotch, brown sugar, vanilla and smokey oak aroma and taste with red wine flavors throughout. Silky but oily palate.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (3416) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 2, 2012
On draft at Tap 25. It pours deep reddish brown with a khaki head. The aroma is very strange to me with notes of tequila, brandy, brown sugar, fig, molasses and a touch of maple syrup. Very alcoholic nose. The flavor is also very strong with the alcohol and vinous with raisins, dark fruit, brown sugar, wood. Thinner body than the regular version, but oily. Not bad. A bit brash and challenging to drink.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDurden24 (1611) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - NOV 24, 2012
On draft at the Watering Hole, dark brownish black color, aroma of dark fruit, brandy and oak. Taste is sweet and good. Brandy aging comes through well.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ratman197 (10092) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IrishBoy (3871) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 11, 2012
Draft at the Bistro Barrel Aged Fest. Nose is light brandy, golden raisins, vanilla, and toffee. Clear brown with a small beige head. Flavor is toffee, vanilla, dark fruit and brandy.


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