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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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sikash (240) - North Carolina, USA - MAR 1, 2013
Poured from tap. Pours a nice dark clear red/brown color with a minimal foamy off white head. Aroma is sweet with banana, dark fruits, and bourbon. Flavor is clean with heavy bourbon notes but it does not lose the banana and fruit. Mouthfeel is watery carbonation is average. Overall this is a decent beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 27, 2013
A - Dark red-brown with a finger of frothy khaki-brown head. Fades normal. S - Sweet dark caramel malts with raisins, dates, other dark fruits, Brandy, oak, vanilla, Belgian yeast, clove, pepper, spices, and some booze. T - Sweet dark caramel malts, raisins, dates, other dark fruits, oak, Brandy, vanilla, Belgian yeast, clove, pepper, other spices, candi sugar, and some booze. M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet and warming finish. D - Nicely balanced Quad with great mouthfeel. The barrel adds some nice complexity.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jdtenuta (5) - , California, USA - FEB 25, 2013 does not count
Great initial taste. I?m not a fan of most Sierra Nevada beers because of all the hops. Smooth malty taste.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMMillsy (1469) - Florida, USA - FEB 24, 2013
On draft at the top Gainesville. 9 oz snifter. Pours dark ruby/brown/black. Aroma is big whiskey barrel and dark fruits, dry oak. Sweet dark fruit, blak cherry, grape, vanilla, with some sherry-like notes. Medium heavy mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Good stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (10285) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 21, 2013
On tap at kickbacks for RBWG. Sweet and oak , with a serious helping of. Booze. Very watery and weak. Disappointing.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drowland (6124) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - FEB 21, 2013
2/21/13. On tap at Kickbacks, RBWG Welcome Dinner! Thanks, Steve! Deep brown pour with a small khaki head. Rich wine aroma, lots of red wine, with some sweetness and a touch of roast. Nice rich flavor with a bit of sugar and roast and a tob of red wine. Tasty, but definitely winey. Nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (11623) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
emacgee (4094) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - FEB 19, 2013
On tap at Milltown: Pours a soft rich burgundy and brown with a brief light tan head. Wonderful aroma, notes of fig and prune with raisin and a ton of other dark fruits. A touch of alcohol shows through along with wood and some brandy. Dark fruit dominates the flavor, very rich fig and prune with some barrel and alcohol warmth.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (9985) - 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.


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