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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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
leah2974 (453) - Georgia, USA - JAN 29, 2013
Very dark mahogany, thin pale head, mild carbonation, caramel sweetness, dark fruits, alcohol, some acidity, prunes.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Emeister84 (1129) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
emacgee (4146) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Teammetzger (2) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 19, 2013 does not count
Notes of dark fruit, strong raisins and plum. Very tasty and a good beer to sit back and take your time drinking.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
J_man (734) - Tustin, California, USA - JUL 21, 2013
Bottle from the SN brewery in Chico. Deep garnet red with brownish edges and a thin tan head. Aromas of molasses, brown sugar and whiskey with a light estery component in the background. The aromas follow directly into the taste with a real depth of wood and whiskey that are distinct but perfectly integrated. Milk and dark chocolate with dry cocoa and vanilla follows this and more molasses sweetness. The alcohol is evident but not as a burn, more of a slow warmth that acts as a solvent for all the flavors here (and it doesn’t seem anywhere near 10% ABV). Not heavy bodied at all but it does have a creamy texture. Finishes light and dry with residual chocolate sweetness. Another killer Ovila variation!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IrishBoy (3887) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11526) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1346) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - FEB 1, 2013
Very smooth quad in the true Belgian style. Nice fruity aroma. Carbonated like those from the Old Country. Fruit is abundant in the taste, along with an undercurrent of molasses and bourbon. Peppery finish. Splendid! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ansalon (1619) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - JUN 7, 2013
Pours black with a brownish tint and a small white head. Aroma is muscovado sugar, raisins, caramel, dried dates & figs. Taste is figs, dates, muscovado sugar, raisins, caramel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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