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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 3.5/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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This Dark Strong Ale is rich in big malt character, candy like sweetness, and warming alcohol. Suggestions of chocolate and dried fruits pair well with oak and vinous notes from extended aging in Tempranillo wine barrels.


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3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BillKismet (3769) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 5, 2012
For all purposes, this brew is black and sporting a deep caramel head. Smooth roastyness slips off the glass in cool fragrant pools. Tightly wound flavors reward you for staying with them in focused concentration. They finally seep through in waves of chocolate, fig, cherry juice.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (11067) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2015
Sample at Hoof Hearted during the Dragonsaddle Triple IPA Can Release on 11/15/2015. The beer is a dark brown color with some amber around the edges, and a medium off-white head that dissipates steadily to an outer ring. Short strings of lace. Fruit, yeast and malt in the nose. Medium to full body with flavors of earthy yeast, dark fruit and grainy malt. The finish is vine fruits with a short yeast aftertaste. Decent overall.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
monk191 (1683) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 25, 2015
A good Belgian, quite fruity. Pours a deep maroon with a tan head. Smells of fruit, plums and cherries. Taste is strong and fruity, more plums, strawberries and a malty finish. Had in the bottle.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SHIG (4381) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - SEP 18, 2015
Bottle: Poured a dark brown with a orange hint. Strong dark fruit aroma. Nice leafy and dark raisin plum fruit.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mcberko (13023) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 30, 2015
On tap at Silver City, pours a deep dark amber brown with a small beige head. Aroma brings out Belgian yeast, dark fruits and alcohol. Flavour is heavy sweet and boozy, with dark fruits, alcohol, Belgian yeast and medium-high sweetness. Decent for an American attempt at a Belgian strong, but not very complex or refined. Okay.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ferris (11061) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 28, 2015
Draft - Dark fruit and some toast. Deep brown with a beige head. Dark boozy fruit, raisin, prune and molasses. Very fruity, but not very good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (18446) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 28, 2014
Draught at Malt & Vine, Redmond, 9.9% ABV
Dark brown color with creamy head. The aroma is a bit yeasty and ashy. Good body strength, sweet, with strong caramel flavor, and correct bitterness.
Straight-forward beer, but good.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
nealblind (1628) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - SEP 26, 2014
dark red brown some white head. Aroma of leather and dark malts. Taste big belgian yeast. dark candi sugar. Very sweet boozy desserty.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fcjack1 (265) - Washington, USA - SEP 18, 2014
On tap at the Red Hot. Light brown color. Thin white head. Scent is spice and a little cherry. Taste is similar with some sweetness. Pretty good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Prufrockstar (1860) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 30, 2014
Draft at Uber. Got to one before after4ever - you’re slipping man! Ruby pour , creamy khaki head. Aroma: cotton candy and bubble gum, mostly. Some cherries I guess. Taste brings some tannic astringency, oak and vanilla (all riding on the back of the bubblegum and cotton candy). Sweet. Full body, slick oily texture. Overall: wine barrels don’t really come across that strongly to me, but final product is a nice Belgian strong dark.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jsnicholas (503) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - AUG 2, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2014 Bottle (22oz): drack brown with small tan head. Medium mouth feel. Chocolate and malts is the main thing I taste, but not overly sweet. Good brew.(h)


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